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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

Boiled Crawfish

Updated: Mar 21, 2021

The best way to spend a Saturday afternoon is a crawfish boil

with family and friends. This is one of the many things I have missed

about moving from New Orleans. That is, until I was able to

find live crawfish available locally. Now I am able to share my love for

crawfish with friends and family here in Arkansas. There is no limit to

what you can include in a crawfish boil. Some of the non-traditional

items you can boil are turkey necks, cauliflower, mushrooms and

broccoli. I have even put some raw oysters in a small amount of the

boiling water. They were nice and spicy.

Sack of Crawfish (30 to 36 pounds), purged

2 boxes Salt

1 3oz box Zatarain’s Crab Boil in bag

1 pint Zatarain’s Liquid Crab Boil

1 cup Zatarain’s Dry Crab Boil

¾ cup Cayenne

6 Large Lemons cut in half

6 Yellow Onions peeled

6 heads Garlic, peeled of outer skin but enough left to keep

head in one piece

24 small New Red Potatoes

10 Corn Cobbettes

4 pounds Cooked Smoked Sausage, cut into bite size pieces

To Purge Crawfish

This is a very important step. This cleans the crawfish inside and

out. Do not skip this step. Pour live crawfish into an ice chest and sprinkle ½ box of salt on

crawfish. Fill the ice chest with water until the crawfi sh are covered.

Gently stir the crawfish to dilute the salt. Leave the crawfi sh in water

for 10 minutes or so. This will cause the crawfish to purge themselves

of mud and other things. Dump the water and purge one more time.

After the second purge, rinse the crawfish until the water around them

is clear.

To cook Crawfish

Fill large boiling pot* halfway with water (you can do two batches

if you have to). Begin heating water to a boil. When water begins to

boil, add seasonings. After the water has been boiling for 5 minutes,

add everything except crawfish. Boil for 10 minutes. Add crawfish

and boil them for 4 minutes. When done, turn off heat, cover the

pot and allow to soak for 10 to 15 minutes.The longer you allow the

crawfish to soak, the spicier they will become. Allow the crawfish to

drain before dumping them on a newspaper-covered table. Let the

feast begin.

* A Boiling pot is a large pot with a strainer inside. They range in

size from 22 quarts to 80 Quarts.

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