Buying Crawfish Locally or Online on the Web

Catching Your Own Crawfish

We've been catching crawfish all our lives, starting with fishing those roadside ditches along LA Highway 1 around Marksville, Louisiana.

Types of crawfish nets and traps ... simple, easy to use and inexpensive
Types of crawfish nets and traps ... simple, easy to use and inexpensive

Many of us that live in Louisiana and the South have the opportunity to catch our own crawfish ... we own the nets and traps, and we have that special local bayou or swamp where we catch crawfish.

Crawfish nets are simple and easy to use. They are inexpensive, and easy to store. Bait is cheap, and plentiful.

Local Seafood Markets

And when we don't have access to a swamp, or the time to go out this weekend, we often visit local fish and seafood markets and other sources to buy fresh, live crawfish.

Dozens of outlets like Tony's Seafood in Baton Rouge, Chez Francois in Lafayette, The Seafood Pot in Destrehan, Hebert's Seafood in Boutte, Bayou Cane Seafood in Houma, Guidry's Seafood in Larose, and D&T Crawfish in Abbeville have live crawfish in season.

In addition, many have other types of seafood such as fresh shrimp, oysters and catfish. Seafood markets in Texas and Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states also sell live crawfish.

Some grocery stores offer limited numbers of live, or boiled, crawfish in season.

An average person typically consumes about 3 pounds of boiled crawfish, served with corn and potatoes.

Some long-time crawfish eaters might consume as much as 5 pounds.


Buying Crawfish at the Dock

Some of us that live in the southern parishes of Louisiana or near the Atchafalaya Basin can buy crawfish directly from crawfishermen at the dock. Often times crawfish are also available at roadside stands or trucks.

McGee's Landing and McGee's Atchafalaya Basin Tours
Buying crawfish at the dock fresh out of the swamp!



Buying Live Crawfish Online

Photo of a giant  Louisiana Crawfish, big and juicy, fresh out of the swamp!
Today, buying crawfish online for delivery to your home is commonplace!

And today you can order live crawfish online on the Web from a number of crawfish farmers and retailers in Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere, and have them shipped nationwide overnight.

With the advent of the Internet, and shippers such as FedEx, crawfish lovers outside of Louisiana can enjoy fresh, Louisiana crawfish delivered to their door at home, or their nearest airport!

Listed below are several leading Louisiana crawfish farms and live crawfish distributors. We have no connection or affiliation with them, we just know of their existence. We recommend you speak with them regarding availability, pricing and freshness before placing your order.

Once caught, a crawfish can live for up to seven days if their metabolism is slowed down by cooling them and keeping them moist. Although they can live longer, there should ideally be two to three days from farm/swamp to the customer's table.

A sack of fresh, live Louisiana crawfish, right out of the swamp or off the crawfish farm!


Ordering Live Louisiana Crawfish ... Some Leading Crawfish Suppliers & Distributors

A large number of crawfish outlets, farms and suppliers are located in Louisiana, both for local pickup and online ordering.

We recommend you speak with any crawfish supplier or distributor regarding availability, pricing, shipping options, guarantees, and freshness before placing your order.


Listed below is a sample of long-standing dealers offering online crawfish ordering:

Crawfish Dealers in Texas

There are a number of crawfish outlets, seafood markets, crawfish farms and caterers selling live and boiled crawfish in Texas, from Beaumont to Houston to Dallas, and in between. Some offer local delivery, while others provide delivery only in designated metropolitan areas. And some offer pickup only.

NOTE: We have no relationship with these suppliers, and do not specifically recommend any one. Their names are provided only as a reference point to begin your crawfish shopping!


There are too many vendors to list, but here are a few to start your crawfish search. We highly recommend you check out each supplier carefully, and contact them personally, to determine their current services, pricing, policies, and guarantees before placing orders.

  • - The Crawfish Company, located in the Houston area. Pickup at metro area locations, and FedEx shipping.
  • - Southeast Texas Crawfish Farm, located in Hamshire, TX, about 20 miles southwest of Beaumont. Pickup only.
  • - Cajun Crawfish Company, Lewisville-Dallas area. Catering and local sales in the metro area.
  • - Texas Live Crawfish, Houston and Dallas (Denton) offices and phone numbers. Supplies from Louisiana and Texas crawfish farms.
  • - Critter Runners, Crosby, TX, northeast of Houston. Pickup and delivery.

Crawfish in the News

Crawfish prices continue to fall in Shreveport-Bossier
(KEEL - Shreveport - 02/17/2020)

Where To Get Crawfish in Memphis: 2020 Guide to Festivals, Boils, Restaurants
(I Love Memphis - Memphis, TN - 01/30/2020)

Seafood dealers say crawfish season could be among the best ever
(St Charles Herald Guide - Boutte, LA - 01/30/2020)

Crawfish season is off to an early start
(KLFY Lafayette - 01/24/2020)

Crawfish Season Starts Off Strong in Breaux Bridge
(NEWS 15 Acadiana - 01/17/2020)

Crawfish Season Is Officially Underway
(KATC Acadiana - 01/07/2020)

Some Southwest Louisiana restaurants kicking off crawfish season early
(KPLC Lake Charles - 01/03/2020)

Get Excited - Crawfish Season is about to start in East Texas
(KICKS 105 - Lufkin, Texas - 01/03/2020)

Now it's the law: Here's how shrimp, crawfish will be labeled in Louisiana
(The Advocate - 09/02/2019)

How Tony's Seafood in Baton Rouge gears up for crawfish season
(225 Magazine - 03/12/2019)

Breaux Bridge ... Crawfish Capital of the World ... and a Great Place to Buy Crawfish

Dancing the day away ... at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Dancing the day away ... at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

In the heart of Cajun Country, just east of Lafayette on I-10, is the community of Breaux Bridge, the Crawfish Capital of the World, close to Henderson, the gateway to the great Atchafalaya Swamp.

Breaux Bridge is home of the annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival held in the spring.

Visitors to the festival always enjoy tasting crawfish prepared in every imaginable way—fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs, along with other Cajun favorites (shrimp, crab, gumbo, red beans and rice, just to name a few).

Read more about Crawfish festivals and events in Louisiana, Texas, and other Gulf Coast states.