December 31, 2020 by CC Staff

Crawfish – What Is It And What Does It Taste Like

You have probably heard about crawfish (or crayfish), but have you ever tasted it? If you are an adventurous foodie, you probably have. However, there are still plenty of people who have never had crawfish before. Now, the real question, “Is it worth trying?” 

What is crawfish?

If you have seen a crawfish, you know that it looks like a cross between a lobster and a fish. They have ten legs and two front claws. This is one of the things that is very off-putting for many people—the way a crawfish looks. However, just like a crab or lobster, it is a crustacean that lives on the floor.

Historically, crawfish was originally a poor man’s food. It was only in the mid-19th century that things changed, and it gained attention for its rich and unique taste. It was only during this time that it became a delicacy for the wealthy. It has remained this way ever since.

How to Enjoy Crawfish

If it is your first time to eat a crawfish, things can get messy if you don’t do it the right way. You may also risk wasting some of the precious meat if you don’t eat the crawfish correctly.

If you plan to cook the crawfish yourself, an important note to remember is to ensure that the crawfish is still alive before you start cooking it. That way, you can guarantee maximum freshness. 

Here is a step-by-step guide to eating crawfish properly.

Step 1: First, twist the head of the crawfish and take it off. You have the option of sucking out the juice from the head. In many cases though, people don’t like the head, and you may choose to discard it and enjoy the rest of the meat instead.

Step 2: Next, you will need to carefully peel off the shell and get the meat inside. Hold the crawfish tail and slowly peel along the edge, making sure no meat is left inside the shell. If you have not already, prepare some dipping sauces if you’d like. A side of butter would also work perfectly.

Step 3: Firmly grasp the tail of the crawfish and pull out its meat. If you are cautious, you might be able to get all the meat in one piece.

What does crawfish taste like?

The taste of crawfish is indescribable. There is no other food that tastes like it in the world. Many people think that crawfish meat should taste like a lobster or crab because it is a crustacean, but crawfish is actually classified as a type of fish. However, it tastes nothing like what a fish tastes like.

The taste of crawfish is sweet, and it has a firm texture. The actual flavor of the meat is something of a cross between shrimp and crab.


The only way to fully appreciate the taste of crawfish is to taste it for oneself. Although it is a little more upscale and expensive, the experience is unlike any other. Go find yourself some crawfish to cook or, better yet, visit a restaurant that can whip up a plate for you!

Crawfish Cafe opened in Houston, Texas, in 2013. We’re known for the best crawfish in the city and have been featured in numerous publications. Come visit us and enjoy a plate of delicious crawfish today!

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