This is a boiled crawfish
recipe that I've
managed to become comfortable with. I just love boiled
crawfish, and enjoy watching others enjoy them too. Boiled Crawfish
is similar to Boiled Crabs in the method.
Let me start by explaining that this is a "seasoned water"
I've seen and tasted other recipes where the water is un-seasoned and powdered
seasoning is sprinkled on top of the crawfish after they are done. I
prefer this one.
This recipe uses approximately 10 gallons of water and will take care of
about 80 lbs of crawfish (two batches using my pot).
That's an 80 quart pot.
Vegetables/Meat (to be eaten with the crawfish)
4 onions cut in half
2 lbs potatoes (small)
3 heads of Garlic
4 ears of fresh corn - (shucked and snapped in half), or, 8 frozen halves
4 cups fresh whole Brussels sprouts (whole frozen will also work)
1 pkg. fresh button mushrooms
1 - 2 lbs smoked sausage cut in 1" pieces(your favorite)
Whole boiling sized okra.
Any other stuff you like...!
1 - 8oz. bottle (1 cup) of liquid crab boil
1 - box of salt
6 lemons cut in half (zest them if you wish)
6 Oranges cut in half
1 onion cut in quarters
1 head garlic cut in half
20 or so Bay Leaves (optional)
1 - 8oz. bottle (1 cup) of liquid crab boil
1 1/4 - boxes of salt
2 Tbs. Creole Seasoning
2 Tbs. Onion Powder
2 Tbs. Garlic Powder
1 Tsp. Black Pepper
1 - cup mayonnaise
3/4 - cup ketchup
2 Tbs. mustard
1/4 - tsp salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. liquid crab boil
Pinch of garlic powder
Taste and adjust as you like....
Before going on here I know you may boil less crawfish, and, use more or less
water. The seasoning mixture above is for 10 gallons of water. If you use less
water you MUST reduce the amount of seasoning and vice-versa. It's all
proportional to the amount of water.
Purge (clean) the crawfish:
Put the whole sack (don't open it) of crawfish in an ice chest and fill with water. Some people
add salt some don't; I've done both and saw no significant difference. Let them
sit for 15 minutes or so, drain the water, pull the sack out, rinse the ice
chest and run some water over the sack while it's outside of the ice
chest. Put the sack back in the ice chest and refill. Do this once
or, until the water is mostly clean. Open the sack and dump the
crawfish in and refill with water. I used to just dump the bugs in
right off the bat but found that using the sacked method makes
handling them a whole lot easier. The cleaner the bugs are the
better tasting they'll be.
Light the fire under the water while the bugs are purging and add "Seasonings A" squeezing the
lemons and oranges, to the water. Bring the water to a boil. Lower the fire a
little and let boil for 15
While waiting for the water to boil fix the first 4 vegetables and put them
in a sack. You can rinse the crawfish sack and use that. After the water boils
for 15 minutes put these in and boil for
15 minutes. Add the remainder of the
vegetables to the sack and boil another 10 - 15 minutes.
If you use frozen corn put it in the second batch. Once the potatoes are done
everything else is done.
Get somebody to start making the dip....
I use the two-part method because if you put all the seasonings in at the beginning
the vegetables will pick it up and you wind up with some of it too salty and too
spicy. If you like it like that, hey dump it all together. Most kids won't eat
the vegetables if they're to spicy. I separate the vegetables because the first
batch takes a little longer to cook. If you put it all together it's hard to
find the mushrooms and Brussels sprouts because they have disintegrated.
Take the vegetable sack out after the time has passed and add the rest of the
seasonings. When the water returns to a boil dump the crawfish in and stir.
Bring to a boil and boil for four minutes and shut the fire off. Don't
worry, the crawfish will be cooked, and, easy to peel. Not so if
Add a one gallon plastic jug of ice or two two-liter jugs of ice (don't break them apart) and move them around.
I keep those in the freezer just for this purpose. Spray the sides of the pot
with a light mist from the garden hose a few times every few minutes. The
objective is to cool the water down so the crawfish stop cooking, and start
soaking up the seasoning. Stir every few minutes until the crawfish sink to the
bottom. In about 15 minutes from the time you turned the fire off start tasting.
If they're not to your liking let them continue to soak tasting every five
minutes. Don't worry, they're not cooking any more. When they're the way you
like them set them to drain then remove them from the pot. Let them air cool for
Take the sack of vegetables and set them in the water for a minute, no longer
because they'll soak up the seasoning "quick like".
If you have a second batch just heat the water and do it again but add
no seasoning unless you want to make them spicier.
Keeping the crawfish warm is as easy as dumping them in an ice chest and
leaving the lid cracked open for at least 30 minutes. Stir them around or just
shake the ice chest side to side every five minutes or so. If you put them in
hot and close the lid the heat could buckle the ice chest. After the 30 minutes
you can close the ice chest completely and they'll stay warm for quite a while.
Peel what you have left over. A crawfish omelet
or crawfish dip the next
just fantastic too!