Also spelled crayfish, crawfish are like itty-bitty lobsters. They’re the official state crustacean of Louisiana, where Cajun cuisine makes the most of them. They’re found in gumbo, etouffe, crawfish pie, bisque, and even savory beignets. The crowning way to enjoy them, in the spring when they are at their peak, is a crawfish boil. It’s a party meal where the boil master cooks the crawdads with plenty of spice in a big cast iron pot, adding corn on the cob and potatoes at the right time so all will be ready at once. The cooked crawfish are piled up in an elevated pirogue, the shallow-draft canoe that is used to traverse the bayous, and eaters help themselves.

Restaurants With This Dish

Bon Ton


Bon Ton Cafe - Red Fish Bon Ton
Bon Ton Cafe


An immense pan of boiled crawfish is garnished with corn-on-the cob and a couple of boiled potatoes.
Myran’s Maison de Manger


Big, pearly hunks of crab imperial swaddled in creamy sauce, perch atop a short stack of crisp-fried green tomatoes.
Café des Amis


Les Sisters’ Southern Kitchen


R & J Southern Homecooking



What do you think of Crawfish?

One Response to “Crawfish”

Duncan Smith

May 30th, 2021

Fixed right, they are just divine… I live in Dallas, having grown up in Lafayette. I have several pounds of crawfish tails in my freezer that I am wanting to make crawfish enchiladas with. Do you by some chance have an awesome recipe for crawfish enchiladas that you can share? It would be most greatly appreciated. Thanks! Duncan Smith


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