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Cajunate
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2012
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Crawfish Boil Seasonings

It's that time again for boiling crawfish and I'm wondering what everyone uses for seasoning. Is there really one that is better than anything else?


SUB
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Member since Jan 2009
10528 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
I've tried a few different ones, including all zataran's variations, swampfire, Slap Ya Mama, Chackbay, and Louisiana.

Swampfire was probably my least favorite. I used Zat's extra spicy for several years but kinda got tired of the taste. I've done Chackbay once and it seemed a little over hyped...it seems to be all the rage on this board. Louisiana mix gets the job done and is reasonably priced. I still prefer Slap Ya Mama over all, but I may try adding some chinese red pepper if I can find it, just to mix things up.

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Is there really one that is better than anything else?


Taste is subjective, so it really depends on what you like. To me, Zats tastes too artificial and turns your water a really nasty and unnatural orange color.

You can modify any mix by adding other stuff. I like adding hot peppers (jalapenos, serranos, habaneros) to my boil. I liquified a bunch of serranos and habaneros in a blender for my last boil and the end result was really good.

ETA - I always add at least 8 oz of Louisiana or Zat's liquid seasoning to every boil. I haven't noticed much difference between the two.
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LSUFAN227
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2012
161 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
All I know is that Chackbay is overrrrrated!


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nerd guy
LSU Fan
Grapevine
Member since Dec 2008
7644 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
BRGetthenet hasn't posted chackay in here yet? He's getting slow.


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Dam Guide
New Orleans Saints Fan
Nooga
Member since Sep 2005
10161 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
Cajunland is my recommendation. I tried Chackbay from this board's recommendation last year and it was good, but the Chinese red pepper gave it a bit of taste that I didn't like nearly as much as Cajunland.

I use to use Zat's extra spicy too, it had some effects that Cajunland and Chackbay doesn't seem to cause. Worse on my stomach and made me swell real bad.

It's all about what spices you like in yours, so you just have to try them.
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yellowfin
Chicago Cubs Fan
Coastal Bar
Member since May 2006
90221 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
I use my own but its probably closest to Louisiana out of all the store brands


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JustSmokin
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2007
8763 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
I've tried them all over the years just to see if I'm missing something better. I always gravitate back to La Fish Fry.

I prefer zat's liquid crab boil over the others. Always add a bottle in my boil.


lsupride87
LSU Fan
River Ridge
Member since Dec 2007
49129 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
Louisiana is the answer


But in honor of BRgetthenet


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saintsfan1977
West Monroe, from Cajun country
Member since Jun 2010
3227 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
I dont use anything but Louisianan. I tried Zats and I dont care for it. I tried Swamp Fire and all the others. Louisiana gives the best flavor imo.


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heatom2
LSU Fan
Prairieville
Member since Nov 2010
10934 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
Louisiana dry seasoning and Zatarains liquid.


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TH03
Iowa State Fan
Dallas
Member since Dec 2008
135256 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
I liked chackbay when I tried it. I usually use zats.


OTIS2
LSU Fan
NoLA
Member since Jul 2008
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re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
I use a combo of Chackbay with Zats liquid , salt and red pepper.


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MightyYat
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Jan 2009
16173 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
There was one brand last year the entire FB was going ape shite over. Can't remember the name though.


Fun Bunch
New Orleans Saints Fan
New Orleans
Member since May 2008
55781 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
It was Chackbay


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Fonzarelli
LSU Fan
Dallas
Member since Jan 2015
2123 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
I'm pretty loyal to a brand called Swamp Dust. Combine that with some zats liquid.

Tried Chackbay last year, really liked it. Could never get it right on the first batch but always really liked the second.

If I can't get it consistent every time, I eventually quit.


TH03
Iowa State Fan
Dallas
Member since Dec 2008
135256 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
I did 2 bags in 100 qt along with 1.5 boxes of salt and 8 oz liquid zats


LSUFAN227
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2012
161 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
Swamp dust sucks too


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BlastOff
New Orleans Saints Fan
New Orleans
Member since Feb 2016
408 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
I messed around with Chackbay last year, not going to fool with it this year. I like a LA/Cajunland mix, plus some Zat's liquid. It's easy to over-complicate things.


Rando
USA Fan
When IPs were Visible
Member since Apr 2015
11988 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
Cajunland, add a .50 cent garlic powder, onion powder, and celery salt.

Best there is.


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TH03
Iowa State Fan
Dallas
Member since Dec 2008
135256 posts

re: Crawfish Boil Seasonings
I posted 3 ingredients that weren’t the produce and crawfish


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