Louisiana crawfish boil -- tips, ideas and how to

by tealmermaid

When crawfish are in season from February through May, it is an excuse to have a crawfish boil party.

Why have a crawfish boil? If you have never been to a crawfish boil, you don't know what you are missing. This is the best possible way to eat crawfish. They cook up wonderfully in the boiler, and when they come out they will be somewhat spicy. You can always spice it up more with some (a lot) hot sauce if it is not hot enough for you.

Invite your entire family, invite your friends, invite the whole neighborhood to share in the good food you are boiling up if you can!

Start your crawfish boil party with the good stuff:

Crawfish are in season from February through May.

Get your crawfish

The most important part and main attraction of any crawfish boil is of course the crawfish. Get them fresh or have them shipped in on ice so they stay fresh until you are ready to cook them. (But really, who can wait to eat these delicious little morsels?)

Purge, then cook

Once you have the crawfish, purge them by placing them in a vat of fresh water and adding a pound or so of salt, then waiting ten minutes. Sure, you can skip this step, providing that you like your crawfish to taste like swamp water.

Once they are clean and purged, drop them in your pot of boiling water with your choice of side items: corn and potatoes are standard additions to the pot, and don't forget the lemon slices.

Crawfish boil with all the fixins'
Crawfish boil with all the fixins'

Crawfish boil seasonings

Use a mix or make your own, your choice. Most people find a mix they like and adjust it slightly for taste. Take the time to kick up your crawfish seasonings while you are at it. My family has sworn by Crystal hot sauce by decades. It's the good stuff.

Crawfish boil recipes

Entertain the kids while the food cooks

Free printable crawfish coloring pages

Colouring crawfish pages is a great activity to keep the kids busy while the crawfish is boiling. Their bright red crawfish shells will brighten up any dreary afternoon, and colouring whiles away the time nicely. I've located some of the best crawfish colouring pages for you. The crawfish line arts here are all pre-screened and kid-safe. Kids and adults alike will enjoy colouring these crawfish designs!

Enjoy the fruits of your labors

Dig in

Once the food is ready, don't let the crawfish get cold. Start eating, and don't forget to enjoy sucking the heads. That's the good part!

Are you planning to have a crawfish boil this year?

Updated: 06/04/2018, tealmermaid
 
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