Crawfish is a delicious seafood that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Just make sure you eat crawfish it properly so you don’t miss out on any.
Crawfish, also called crayfish, aren’t fish at all, they’re crustaceans that live in freshwater, like rivers and marshes. They are in a spiece faminly with Crawdads and Cajun. Slightly sweet, they taste like a cross between their cousins, lobster and shrimp. You can find crawfish all over the world, but more than 95% of the crawfish eaten in the U.S. are harvested in Louisiana.
Here are step-by-step guide to eat a crawfish in right way
Steps to eat a crawfish
Remove the head from the tail.
Pinch the head between two fingers with one hand while holding the tail with the other. Twist the head until it comes off. The head should easily twist off. If it does not, the crawfish may be undercooked.
Suck the crawfish head.
Suck out the juices by placing the open part of the head between your lips. In the southern United States, this part of the crawfish is considered a delicacy.
If you are hesitant to eat the head, you may discard it.
Crack the tail’s shell
Pinch the shell that covers the tail with your fingers to crack it all the way through. Remove and discard the shell.
Devein the crawfish
With one hand, hold the tail and the other, peel back the outer layer of skin from the top of the crawfish. The tail will be used to extract the digestive tract. It should be discarded.
The most substantial part of the crawfish is the tail meat, which can be eaten immediately or used to make other crawfish dishes.
Suck the claws
Crawfish have small claws that can be cracked open and sucked for meat and juices. Crawfish with larger claws have meaty pieces that can be pulled out and enjoy eating crawfish.
Hosting a Crawfish Boil
Invite your family and friends to a crawfish boil
Plan to have it in your backyard, a park, or another outdoor location. Crawfish boils are traditionally enjoyable outdoor gatherings. You will need the following items in your recipe to prepare for the big party.
- An outdoor eating area
- A 60 gallon (227.1 L) pot
- A large metal strainer with a handle
- Outdoor cooking facilities, such as an outdoor cooking burner
You’ll need 20 to 30 pounds of crawfish depending on the size of your party. Prepare to order 2-3 pounds per person.The majority of the weight will be in the discarded crawfish parts.
- If you live in the US South, crawfish is available seasonally in seafood and grocery stores, as well as crawfish trucks.
- Other states, such as California, have crawfish harvested locally. Consult your neighborhood fishmonger.
- Crawfish can also be bought online.
- Until ready to boil, live crawfish should be kept cool and away from light and heat.
Wash the crawfish
This is also referred to as crawfish purging without mudbugs. Fill a large bucket halfway with clean water and place them in it. For a few minutes, use a paddle to stir them around. Rinse them and place them in a clean container.
- Don’t let live crawfish sit in water for too long, as they will drown.
- Some people add a box of salt to the water to help purge the crawfish.
- Dead crawfish will float to the top, and should be discarded.
Set a 60 gallon (227.1 L) pot over medium high heat
Fill it halfway with water and bring it to a boil. Stir in the following ingredients:
- The juice of 8 lemons, and the lemon peels.
- 1 pound crawfish seasoning.
You can add some flavor follow the recipes to cook your best dish
Bring the water to a rolling boil
Throw in the following ingredients and allow them to boil for ten minutes
- 8 onions, peeled and sliced in half
- 10 pounds new potatoes
- 20 ears of corn, shucked and cut in half
- 5 heads of garlic, split in half
Bring the water back to a boil.
Lower the crawfish into the water in a wire basket with a handle or a strainer. Allow the mixture to boil for another five minutes. Turn off the burner and cover the pot. Allow the crawfish to sit for another 30 minutes before cooking. Remove the strainer containing the crawfish from the pot and set it aside. Allow for draining.
Serve the boil
Spread newspapers out on picnic tables or other outdoor tables that you’ve set up. Place the vegetables on the table first, followed by the crawfish. Allow your guests to use paper plates to serve themselves. If desired, provide additional spices, butter, and other condiments. If you don’t want to serve the boil in the traditional Cajun way, just scoop the vegetables and crawfish onto plates.
Give your friends a lesson on how to eat crawfish
Since many people may be new to the experience, give a demonstration on how to twist off and suck the head, peel the shell from the tail, and eat the delectable meat.In short, Crawfish are a delicious and nutritious seafood that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Enjoying crawfish properly will make your meal more delicious and amazing.