July 26, 2021 by CC Staff

Everything You Need to Know About Authentic Crawfish Boils

Have you always wanted to bring the crawfish restaurant experience to your backyard but have never really known how? Worry not, as we’re here to help you out. 

We’re here to answer all of your questions on how to put together an authentic crawfish boil. If this is something you’re interested in, read on for a quick guide on everything you need to know.

What Is a Crawfish Boil?

Crawfish boils are a time-honored culinary tradition that is prominent in the South. People gather during crawfish season to indulge in pounds upon pounds of delicious crawfish. Now, the name “crawfish boil” might be a little misleading as other food items are served as well. Traditional crawfish boils feature cooked potatoes, corn, garlic, and andouille sausages, along with high-quality, fresh crawfish. 

You should know that it’s pretty much a requirement to eat crawfish boil with your hands. All of the dishes are served family-style, which is why it’s easy to understand why crawfish boils are often associated with community building and family.

Where to Buy Crawfish?

Your dish is only going to be as good as your ingredients. This is why you’ll want to find the best crawfish possible. The best place to buy crawfish largely depends on where you are and what food industries are thriving around you. We can recommend that you try to shop locally, preferably from an established seafood wholesaler in your area.

Lastly, remember only to buy live crawfish. Dead crawfish could cause some unpleasant results, as they can be carriers of foodborne illnesses. If you find dead crawfish in the batch that you’ve bought, we recommend that you dispose of them as soon as you can.

How to Store Crawfish?

While we recommend that you buy your crawfish on the day of your crawfish boil, sometimes this just isn’t possible. If you’re going to buy your crawfish early, you’ll want to make sure they are correctly stored. 

Luckily, this isn’t all that hard to do. All you need is a cooler full of ice, and you’ll be good to go. Store the crawfish in a cooler, and they should be okay for a couple of days.

How to Cook and Clean Crawfish?

While you may think that cooking the crawfish is the most challenging part of organizing a crawfish boil, this couldn’t be further from the truth. As the name implies, all you need to do is to boil the crawfish. 

Start by filling a large pot ⅓ of the way with water. From there, add garlic, bay leaves, dry and liquid seasonings, celery, lemons, and potatoes. Once the water has been brought to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes before adding in the onions. Lastly, slowly add in the crawfish and turn the pot back up to a boil. You’ll know when they’re done if they’ve turned bright red. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Hopefully, this guide will come in handy when it’s time to put together your own crawfish boil. While this may seem like a lot of work, it will all be worth it in the end. Indeed, there are very few things in life that are better than sharing delicious crawfish with your family and friends.

If you don’t want to go through all of this work, then you can go to your favorite crawfish restaurant. For the best crawfish restaurant in Houston, look no further than Crawfish Cafe. We’ve been voted the best crawfish spot in Houston, and we have never failed to live up to that title. We are proud to serve Viet-Cajun crawfish and other various seafood that will surely satisfy your cravings. Browse through our menu today to order food online for takeout or delivery.

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