Best way to cook crawfish???? | TigerDroppings.com

Posted byMessage
RollTide MJ
Alabama Fan
Tuscaloosa, AL
Member since Nov 2007
9414 posts

Best way to cook crawfish????


got a question for you Louisiana folks.

my girlfriend and i were wanting to cook up some crawfish sometime and have friends over. just wondering what is a good way and to honest, how to cook them? we can get them from a restaurant here in Tuscaloosa and i believe that we can get them live, which i heard someone say is the best way. how big of a pot do we need. we have a small fryer that would hold somewhere close to 2 gallons possibly a little more.







Back to top
Share:
Catman88
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Dec 2004
39364 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


2 gallons wont be nearly enough.. Most people around here have about 60 qt pots. You could just get a 30 qt pot. Search on here for ways to boil them there are many many different techniques.





Back to top
NickyT
USA Fan
Patty's Pub
Member since Jan 2007
5968 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


boiling is the only way to go if you can get them live...you need at least a 60 qt pot if you are doing 30lbs or more and a propane burner.





Back to top
RollTide MJ
Alabama Fan
Tuscaloosa, AL
Member since Nov 2007
9414 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


WOW....alright. I will have to get on the look out for a nice big cooking pot then. I can get an old burner that my grandfather used when we had fish fries when he was alive. I don't think my grandmother would mind me taking it. So, I'll get the burner and find a big pot. Thanks for the information.





Back to top
DrEdgeLSU
LSU Fan
Dallas, TX
Member since Dec 2006
5972 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


If they aren't live (just tails, for example), crawfish etoufee served over some fried catfish is always nice. Or just the etouffee by itself. Or some deep friend tails along side the etouffee...many ways to go here. Crawfish fettucine....wow.





Back to top
MakersMark
LSU Fan
Denham Springs
Member since May 2007
356 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


Be careful with that old fish burner. May not put out enough heat to bring a crawfish pot to boil.





Back to top
RollTide MJ
Alabama Fan
Tuscaloosa, AL
Member since Nov 2007
9414 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


Yeah, I was talking to my gf at lunch and I think that we might just go and buy a whole new setup.





Back to top
RollTide MJ
Alabama Fan
Tuscaloosa, AL
Member since Nov 2007
9414 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


Now that I've got an idea of what type of cooker stuff I need. What are some good recipes, like seasonings, and how long it all needs to cook. I like my stuff spicy, but I know not everyone else does, well, you cajuns I know love some hot spicy food. We had some jambalaya this year at our tailgate that the Lsu fans next to us shared (for some ribs and drunk chicken) and it was reaaalll spicy.





Back to top
LSUfan4444
LSU Fan
Mandeville
Member since Mar 2004
41743 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


i prefer them baked...once they settle down in the oven and stop crawling around and cook.... they're delicious





Back to top
Martini
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2005
27806 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


Put a whole chicken in your girlfriends pantyhose and tie it in a knot. Toss into boiling crawfish water and let it cook until tender. Pull out and let cool and refrigerate. Next day make the best damn chicken salad you'll ever eat.

Make sure your girlfriend is not in the pantyhose at the time. She might get a might scaulded.






Back to top
NickyT
USA Fan
Patty's Pub
Member since Jan 2007
5968 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


Do a search and you'll get plenty of ideas and recipes good luck





Back to top
LSUfan4444
LSU Fan
Mandeville
Member since Mar 2004
41743 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


quote:

Now that I've got an idea of what type of cooker stuff I need. What are some good recipes, like seasonings, and how long it all needs to cook.


seriously....i've been using this for years

for 30 pounds live crawfish plus potatos, corn & sausage
15 ounces cayenne pepper
2 ounces Tabasco sauce
20 cloves garlic, cut cloves in half, do not peel or crush
3 dozen lemons, sliced in half
1 cup olive oil
20 bay leaves
4 ounces Louisiana hot sauce
2 pounds salt
12 bags of Zatarain's crab boil
1 small bottle of zatarain''s liquid shrimp boil

put all ingrediants in water(except corn, sausage & potatoes) and get it to a rolling boil...once it comes to a rolling boil drop in crawfish and other ingerdiants and let it come to a rolling boil again...onec it does let them sit/soak for 20 minutes...then just keep tasting them till you like em



This post was edited on 2/28 at 1:13 pm


Back to top
LSUfan4444
LSU Fan
Mandeville
Member since Mar 2004
41743 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


some people say it is a myth that "purging" actually does anything BUT before boiling them (while you are getting the water to a boil) let the crwfish soak in a large tub or ice chest or something and pour salt on them, rinse....repeat





Back to top
Kajungee
LSU Fan
South ,Section 6 Row N
Member since Mar 2004
15441 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


quote:

some people say it is a myth that "purging" actually does anything



"Purging" is no myth and serves a very distinct purpose...

That purpose is the chance to drink a few extra cold ones before the cook gets busy boiling crawfish.






Back to top
LSUfan4444
LSU Fan
Mandeville
Member since Mar 2004
41743 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


quote:

"Purging" is no myth and serves a very distinct purpose...

That purpose is the chance to drink a few extra cold ones before the cook gets busy boiling crawfish.









Back to top
RollTide MJ
Alabama Fan
Tuscaloosa, AL
Member since Nov 2007
9414 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


quote:


seriously....i've been using this for years

for 30 pounds live crawfish plus potatos, corn & sausage
15 ounces cayenne pepper
2 ounces Tabasco sauce
20 cloves garlic, cut cloves in half, do not peel or crush
3 dozen lemons, sliced in half
1 cup olive oil
20 bay leaves
4 ounces Louisiana hot sauce
2 pounds salt
12 bags of Zatarain's crab boil
1 small bottle of zatarain''s liquid shrimp boil

put all ingrediants in water(except corn, sausage & potatoes) and get it to a rolling boil...once it comes to a rolling boil drop in crawfish and other ingerdiants and let it come to a rolling boil again...onec it does let them sit/soak for 20 minutes...then just keep tasting them till you like em


That sounds really good.

Question. I have found a cooker on Academy Sports+Outdoors. It's a 30qt pot. Is that plenty big for basically any recipe, or do I need to go bigger?






Back to top
Catman88
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Dec 2004
39364 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


lol

Personally I like to purge and clean the crawfish. Ever look at what the crawfish do to the water? Its pretty muddy I would rather my nicely seasoned boiling water not have dirt in it. I just find the crawfish doesnt have the grit that it has when they are not purged.






Back to top
RollTide MJ
Alabama Fan
Tuscaloosa, AL
Member since Nov 2007
9414 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


Alright. got me a recipe, called and got me a price on crawfish, 2.20/lb, but said it would more than likely go down in next couple weeks to a month. gonna get me a cooker and have us a little crawfish boil.





Back to top
Catman88
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Dec 2004
39364 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


2.20 in BAMA? Thats not a bad price at all. Alot of places around BR are in the 2 dollar range. Where my parents live its in the 1.25-1.50 range.





Back to top
RollTide MJ
Alabama Fan
Tuscaloosa, AL
Member since Nov 2007
9414 posts

re: Best way to cook crawfish????


well 2.20 at least in tuscaloosa. i called the restaurant that were eating at tonight cause you buy them live from them also. they gave me the number i guess to the lady that supplies theirs. she said right now they're 2.20 but if we weren't needing them for a couple weeks that they would be cheaper. didn't let on how much cheaper, but i would guess that means more than likely down around 2.00. i'm gong to try and find some more places that might have them around here, but i don't know if i'll be too successful. i'm excited about trying this though. i'm new to crawfish actually. never would try one until about a little over a month ago and trying 2 or 3 ended up with me eating a good 3lbs. i'm far behind on the crawfish eating but i have definitely found a new food that's one of my favs. do any of you cook them when you tailgate? if so, i am going to have to find ya'll next time you come to tuscaloosa.





Back to top


Back to top