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 may 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 may assume. (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 useful “soar to recipe” button on the prime of the put up.

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, in the event you aren’t acquainted with 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 have been capable of 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 photographs 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 could be fortunate sufficient to take pleasure in one. This isn’t only a meal shared with mates or household. It’s an expertise. (Have I acknowledged that clearly sufficient?)

Ha, and right here’s a professional tip for you: Don’t put on white, mates. 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 identify you’re almost certainly to make use of merely relies on the place you reside or the place you grew up.

Louisianans name them crawfish, whereas folks 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 deliver them again to camp. He’d boil them in just a little saucepan on our camp range and we’d dip these minuscule bits of meat from the tails in melted butter.

Positively extra of a enjoyable reminiscence than a meal, however nonetheless, I suppose that was technically my first crawdad boil. I despatched him photographs 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 Tools

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

For those who’re simply getting began, there’s no have to 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 Tools

For those who solely have to feed 2-4 folks, or in the event you don’t care about all the additional components, you may scale back the recipe quantities beneath. That mentioned, I believe you must add all of them, because the extras add a lot awesomeness to a seafood boil!

A lot of the mandatory 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 folks, possible when doing a smaller crawfish boil on the range.

You’ll be able to modify the quantities beneath by sliding the serving dimension 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 domestically and/or in smaller portions. Don’t be afraid of the cayenne pepper right here, mates. I linked the massive container above, as a result of I watched Rick a minimum of a cup of it into the pot of water. The consequence was a bit of warmth, however actually not all that a lot.

For those who aren’t a fan of sausage, that may be skipped as properly. Take into account although, the sausage affords an appreciated various for any friends who might not be followers of seafood, but wish to benefit from the boil with you.

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

vegetables being added to crawfish boil

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

The variability right here makes a giant distinction within the remaining consequence. Doing a seafood boil with so many alternative 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 chew 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 properly earlier than cooking. You need to use a handy crawfish washer like this one, in the event you’re diving into the entire full-blown crawfish boil expertise, however you may as well merely wash a smaller quantity in a clear sink. Take away any lifeless crawfish earlier than cooking.

Whereas some folks select to salt the water in an try to purge the crawfish, it’s not all the time really helpful or confirmed helpful. So, rinse them properly, however save the salt. For those who select to salt/purge them, that’s effective too.

For those who’ve bought crawfish in a mesh sack, you may submerge it in recent water a number of instances till the used water is obvious.

crawfish in bucket

Methods to 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 convey 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, if you need it spicy.

Convey 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 thing relaxation for about quarter-hour.

Check 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 scorching 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 revel 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 purple 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 are going to begin sinking as they take up 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 properly earlier than cooking. You need to use a handy crawfish washer like this one, in the event you’re diving into the entire full-blown crawfish boil expertise, however you may as well merely wash a smaller quantity in a clear sink. Take away any lifeless crawfish earlier than cooking.
  • Fill your big pot about half filled with water and convey 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, if you need 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 purple 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 are going to begin sinking as they take up 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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