Louisiana Crawfish Boil – Barefeet within the Kitchen

So. A lot. Enjoyable. There are an entire lot of adjectives I might use to explain my introduction to a Louisiana Crawfish Boil, however WOW sums it up properly.

I’m laying out all of the steps right here so you’ll be able to arrange and prepare dinner a Louisiana seafood boil with shrimp or crawfish. Spoiler alert – doing a Louisiana-style seafood boil on the range is way less complicated than you would possibly suppose. (I’ll be sharing instructions particularly for a shrimp boil at house subsequent week!)

Heads up – that is going to be an extended one. If you’re simply right here for the directions, hit that helpful “bounce to recipe” button on the high of the submit.

boiled crawfish in serving boat

Crawfish Boil

Whereas in Louisiana for Sean’s household reunion, our cousin Rick volunteered to do a Louisiana-style crawfish boil for us. And oh, there actually aren’t phrases for a way excited I used to be to expertise this for the primary time.

So far as consuming crawfish goes, for those who aren’t conversant in them already, they style like a cross between their crustacean cousins lobster and shrimp. What’s to not love about that?

I used to be thrilled we had been in a position to be there from begin to end and study from the grasp. And yeah, Rick is a legit grasp of the seafood boil. Don’t miss the customized skimmer, the crawfish on his belt and his hat, and the very cool stirring paddle in a few of the pictures for proof of his ardour for all of it.

giant pot filled with a Louisiana style crawfish boil

Crawfish boils are a social occasion in Louisiana – and wherever else you is perhaps fortunate sufficient to get pleasure from one. This isn’t only a meal shared with associates or household. It’s an expertise. (Have I said that clearly sufficient?)

Ha, and right here’s a professional tip for you: Don’t put on white, associates. That’s a rookie transfer and your Tide stick will be put to good use after the boil. Simply ask me how I do know this.

close up of louisiana boil with crawfish and vegetables

Crayfish vs Crawfish

First issues first, is it a crawfish? a crayfish? a crawdad? Sure to all of them. The title you might be most certainly to make use of merely depends upon the place you reside or the place you grew up.

Louisianans name them crawfish, whereas individuals in northern states usually tend to say crayfish. Within the southwest, the place I grew up, we referred to as them crawdads.

child holding crawfish

My Uncle Clarence would catch as many crawdads from the sting of the lake as he might on our annual family camping trips after which carry them again to camp. He’d boil them in somewhat saucepan on our camp range and we’d dip these minuscule bits of meat from the tails in melted butter.

Undoubtedly extra of a enjoyable reminiscence than a meal, however nonetheless, I suppose that was technically my first crawdad boil. I despatched him pictures of our boil in Louisiana and it was enjoyable to share the reminiscence with him once more.

equipment set out for a Louisiana crawfish boil

Crawfish Boil Gear

For a full outside crawfish boil, you’ll want the next tools:

In the event you’re simply getting began, there’s no must go loopy with an enormous crawfish pot, however don’t let me cease you if that appears like enjoyable. A easy 60-quart stockpot is all you want for small to medium-sized boils. (This pot comes with a handy strainer basket.)

seasoning packets and spices in giant boil pot

Stovetop Boil Gear

In the event you solely must feed 2-4 individuals, or for those who don’t care about all the additional components, you’ll be able to cut back the recipe quantities under. That mentioned, I believe it’s best to add all of them, because the extras add a lot awesomeness to a seafood boil!

Many of the crucial boil tools for a smaller-scale boil is probably going already in your kitchen and also you’ll solely want an 8, 10, or 12-quart pot. (That 12-quart pot is a screaming deal, btw.)

lemons, onions, and spices in pot

Crawfish Boil Substances

The components listed within the recipe card will present sufficient meals for 6-8 individuals, possible when doing a smaller crawfish boil on the range.

You’ll be able to alter the quantities under by sliding the serving measurement up or down in response to your wants.

vegetables on table for seafood boil

You’ll want the next components for a Louisiana-style crawfish or shrimp boil:

garlic being added to Louisiana boil

Cajun Crawfish Boil

Relying on the place you reside, you could possibly discover the seasonings each regionally and/or in smaller portions. Don’t be afraid of the cayenne pepper right here, associates. I linked the massive container above, as a result of I watched Rick at the very least a cup of it into the pot of water. The outcome was a bit of warmth, however actually not all that a lot.

In the event you aren’t a fan of sausage, that may be skipped as nicely. Take into accout although, the sausage affords an appreciated different for any friends who might not be followers of seafood, but need to benefit from the boil with you.

Sausage additionally affords a further extra frugal meat choice, in case you have a big household, a crew of meat lovers, or teenage boys who will get pleasure from having extra meat selection included.

vegetables being added to crawfish boil

The greens within the boil are all optionally available, so be happy to regulate them as you want. That mentioned, I extremely advocate making an attempt a boil with all of them.

The range right here makes a giant distinction within the last outcome. Doing a seafood boil with so many various components delivers superior outcomes!

slicing pineapple after a seafood boil

Whereas pineapple isn’t all the time utilized in a boil, I’m so glad that it was there. The pineapple soaks entire within the boiling seasoning and spices.

The result’s candy and spicy, completely softened with a agency chunk remaining. There wasn’t a scrap of the sliced pineapple left on the finish of the day.

live crawfish being added to wash bucket

Washing Crawfish

Rinse the crawfish nicely earlier than cooking. You should use a handy crawfish washer like this one, for those who’re diving into the entire full-blown crawfish boil expertise, however it’s also possible to merely wash a smaller quantity in a clear sink. Take away any lifeless crawfish earlier than cooking.

Whereas some individuals select to salt the water in an try and purge the crawfish, it’s not all the time advisable or confirmed helpful. So, rinse them nicely, however save the salt. In the event you select to salt/purge them, that’s high-quality too.

In the event you’ve bought crawfish in a mesh sack, you’ll be able to submerge it in recent water a number of instances till the used water is evident.

crawfish in bucket

Do a Crawfish Boil

The enjoyable begins with an enormous pot of water. Add the seasoning packets, liquid boil, salt, and an entire lot of cayenne pepper.

Add the onions, lemons, potatoes, and recent pineapple, and produce to a boil. When the pot is boiling, add the garlic, mushrooms, carrots, and olives. Return to a full boil.

crawfish and sausage being added to boiling pot

Add the sausage and the crawfish (or shrimp). Add extra cayenne, in order for you it spicy.

Carry the pot again to a full boil for just some minutes (about 3 minutes for crawfish and 1-2 minutes for shrimp) after which flip off the warmth.

vegetables and crawfish in boiling pot

Add the corn, cauliflower, and inexperienced beans, and let every part relaxation for about quarter-hour.

Take a look at the crawfish or shrimp to see in the event that they’ve absorbed the flavors and take a look at to not burn your mouth on the irresistible sizzling greens and olives.

close up of louisiana boil with crawfish and vegetables

Use a strainer to tug the meals from the pot and switch it to a big tray or bowl. Pull the pineapple and use a pointy knife to slice it thinly.

Serve with Cajun dipping sauce and luxuriate in!

testing crawfish after boil

How Lengthy to Boil Crawfish

Return the pot to a boil after including the crawfish and boil for about 3-5 minutes. The crawfish will flip a vivid crimson and float to the highest of the pot.

Flip the warmth off and permit the crawfish to soak for a further quarter-hour or so. They’ll begin sinking as they take in the flavoring from the pot.

crawfish boil being transferred to serving boat

Pull a crawfish from the pot and break off the tail, tip the physique the other way up, and see if liquid drips out. When this occurs, the crawfish is able to eat.

Drain or pressure the components from the pot and serve instantly.

sliced pineapple with seafood boil
sliced pineapple after seafood boil

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Servings: 6

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  • Rinse the crawfish nicely earlier than cooking. You should use a handy crawfish washer like this one, for those who’re diving into the entire full-blown crawfish boil expertise, however it’s also possible to merely wash a smaller quantity in a clear sink. Take away any lifeless crawfish earlier than cooking.
  • Fill your big pot about half stuffed with water and produce it to a boil. Add the seasoning packets, liquid boil, salt, and an entire lot of cayenne pepper.

  • Add the onions, lemons, potatoes, and recent pineapple, and return it to a boil. When the pot is boiling, add the garlic, mushrooms, carrots, and olives. Return to a full boil.

  • Add the sausage and the crawfish. Add extra cayenne, in order for you it spicy. Return the pot to a boil after including the crawfish and boil for about 3-5 minutes. The crawfish will flip a vivid crimson and float to the highest of the pot.

  • Flip the warmth off and add the corn, cauliflower, and inexperienced beans. Enable the crawfish to soak for a further quarter-hour or so. They’ll begin sinking as they take in the flavoring from the pot.

  • Pull a crawfish from the pot and break off the tail, tip the physique the other way up, and see if liquid drips out. When this occurs, the crawfish is able to eat.

  • Use a strainer to tug the meals from the pot and switch it to a big tray or bowl. Pull the pineapple and use a pointy knife to slice it thinly. Serve with Cajun dipping sauce.

Energy: 707kcal · Carbohydrates: 66g · Protein: 51g · Fats: 30g · Saturated Fats: 9g · Polyunsaturated Fats: 4g · Monounsaturated Fats: 13g · Ldl cholesterol: 302mg · Sodium: 1379mg · Potassium: 2413mg · Fiber: 15g · Sugar: 21g · Vitamin A: 17519IU · Vitamin C: 139mg · Calcium: 254mg · Iron: 7mg

close up of finished seafood boil with crawfish and plenty of vegetables

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