We Love Crawfish!


Photo of live Louisiana Crawfish, ready to be purged ... let the boil begin!

Some folks call 'em crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, but here in Louisiana they are simply CRAWFISH, whether they are basin crawfish, spillway crawfish, or pond crawfish.

We've been catching crawfish all our life, and love the Louisiana and Gulf Coast tradition of a long, leisurely crawfish boil in spring!

Crawfish are freshwater crustaceans. Louisiana has more than thirty different species of crawfish, but only two species are commercially important to the industry: the red swamp crawfish and the white river crawfish.

Crawfish are healthy food. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein, low in calories, fat and saturated fat, and a good source of vitamins.

Crawfish Season

Crawfish season varies from one year to the next, based on how cold (or mild) the weather was during the Gulf Coast winter. It also depends on the amount of rain, and the water levels in the swamps and bayous.

Lagniappe on the Bayou

Generally, the crawfish season in Louisiana runs from mid-January through early-July for crawfish caught in the wild, with the peak months being March, April and May. Crawfish from farms are available over a longer period of the year.

October and November of 2017 featured warm weather in South Louisiana and Texas, with moderate rainfall in December. But freezing temperatures in late December and mid-January had a negative effect on crawfish availability and size in early 2018. Production later increased to normal levels.

We thoroughly enjoyed this year's crawfish, and are already looking forward to the 2020 crawfish season!

Super Bowl Seafood Gumbo

In February of 2019 it was time for another Super Bowl. One tradition we have annually on that day is enjoying a family gathering, hoping we win a square on the football board, and dining on seafood gumbo. First the ingredients ... we begin with Louisiana crawfish tails, hand-peeled at a boil and frozen until now. And then Tony Chachere's Gulf Shrimp ... PRODUCT  of USA! We carefully shop for and purchase native shrimp, and refuse to buy imported shrimp.

We also include Gumbo Crabs from Farmers Seafood Market in Shreveport. And of course to build texture and seasoning we add okra, and "The Trinity", seen here already cut up ... onions, peppers and celery. Often we use Savoie's Old Fashioned Dark Roux as a starter.

 

Sometimes we also add Andouille sausage, usually from Manda's in Baton Rouge.

Happy New Year to all of our website viewers, friends and followers! Check back with us soon as the crawfish season gets underway.

The 2019 Super Bowl gumbo ingredients ... and result!

Dining on gumbo during Super Bowl at the family table ... yum!

The 2019 Super Bowl gumbo ingredients

 

2020 Crawfish Festivals

There is a great lineup of 2020 crawfish festivals in Louisiana in places like Breaux Bridge, Chalmette, Lake Charles, and Shreveport.

Many exciting Texas crawfish festivals are scheduled in 2020, from Kemah to Austin, from Fredericksburg to Pearland, and all over the Lone Star State.

And these days crawfish festivals are happening all across the USA, in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida ... and even New Jersey and San Diego.

Let's make plans to attend as many 2020 crawfish festivals as we can!

Crawfish in the News

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

How to Eat Crawfish - and What Drinks to Pair with Them
(Food & Wine - 08/13/2019)

Exactly how big is the crawfish industry in Louisiana?
(KATC Lafayette - 04/19/2019)

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

It's Crawfish Season in East Texas: Good crawfish and good times are the ingredients for success at Circle M in Big Sandy
(Tyler Morning Telegraph - 03/01/2019)

Crazy about crawfish? Here's where to find mudbugs in Memphis
(Commercial Appeal Memphis - 02/28/2019)

Austin springtime crawfish boils have arrived
(Austin360 - 02/20/2019)

Crawfish: It's what's for dinner
(Louisiana Sportsman - 02/06/2019)

Crawfish season crawls into the ArkLaTex
(KTBS Shreveport - 02/06/2019)

Crawfish for Christmas? An early harvest bodes well for 2019 season
(The Advocate - Baton Rouge - 12/24/2018)

More than food, Crawfish is a staple of Cajun culture
(The Vermilion - Lafayette - 10/09/2018)

Where to Eat Houston's Finest Crawfish
(EATER Houston - 03/06/2018)

Crawfish boils becoming tradition
(WWL - New Orleans - 12/23/2017)

What to do, and not to do, at your first crawfish boil
(Food and Wine - 12/04/2017)

To Suck or Not Suck? The Controversial Crawfish Question
(Eater Houston - 04/06/2017)

 

 

Enjoy Our Website ... And Enjoy Eating Crawfish!

The biggest single days for crawfish boils are Super Bowl Sunday, Easter Sunday and Mother's Day. Actually any day is good for crawfish ... we've been known to have crawfish at Thanksgiving and Christmas!

We invite you to explore our website, and learn more about where to buy crawfish, how to boil crawfish, some favorite crawfish recipes, and view our Crawfish Photo Gallery.

We love crawfish!

Boiling Crawfish
How to boil crawfish

Boiling crawfish is a Cajun tradition, an event and social gathering not to be rushed, but to be enjoyed with family and friends. Let's begin the "process"!
How to boil »

Buying Crawfish
Where to buy crawfish

If we don't have time to catch crawfish in the swamp, we shop at a local seafood market. And today we have the option of online ordering of live crawfish on the web.
Ordering tips »

Crawfish Festivals
Crawfish festivals in Louisiana, Texas and across the USA

In Louisiana and the south, we celebrate the crawfish in a fun way: Festivals! Events in 2020 will encompass all the good things about Gulf Coast living: food, music and merriment!
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Crawfish Recipes
Crawfish recipes

Excellent Cajun cooking abounds in Louisiana. Crawfish is a key ingredient in many Louisiana dishes such as etoufee, crawfish pie and gumbo.
See some recipes »


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