How to Eat Crawfish Like a Local

What is the best way to eat crawfish? Perhaps this is the first time you’ve ordered cooked crawfish at a restaurant, or maybe you’ve been invited to a crawfish boil. Or, possibly, you plan to cook crawfish for your family and want to know how to serve and eat them. If you want to eat crawfish like a local, you should know: The meat of the crawfish is located in the tail, and some people sip or suck the juices and fat of the crawfish head.

The crawfish head tastes like foie gras and the spices often collect there, giving it a tasty flavor. The spices are infused in the head when boiled. Many chefs say that the only way to taste the flavor of crawfish is to suck the head. The head can be discarded by those that are repulsed by the crawfish head. Some cooks serve crawfish with tasty dipping sauces for the meat located in the tail and claws.


Methods and Ways to Eat Crawfish

When your crawfish is cooked, hold the head and tail between your two hands. Twist the head off. It should come off easily when it is cooked. Put the crawfish head in your mouth and suck the juices. You can discard it, too. Crack the shell of the tail in a way similar to a lobster, then remove it.

Now, you have to devein the tail meat or remove the digestive tract that is located there. Hold the tail and peel the skin of the meat back using your other hand. Pull out the black digestive tract and discard it.

Eat the crawfish meat plain or serve it with some dipping sauces. The leftover meat can be used to make other crawfish recipes. You can crack the claw and eat the meat and juices too. Large crawfish have more meat located in their claws.
When serving have bowls on the table to discard the heads and shells.


Dipping Sauces for Crawfish

Spicy Cajun Sauce is a popular dip for Crawfish. You can dip the white meat of the crawfish into the sauce. It is simple to make and can be made ahead.

Spicy Cajun Crawfish Dipping Sauce

  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh or bottled lemon juice

In a bowl or plastic container mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, and stir well. Use a whisk to blend ingredients. Add Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, and lemon juice. Again, stir well or use a wire whisk. Store in the refrigerator to use with cooked crawfish.

You can make a spicy butter sauce to serve crawfish meat with. It is similar to shrimp and lobster. Food and Wine has a good recipe for Spicy Butter Sauce that goes well with crawfish too.


Other Recipes To Use Crawfish Meat With

When you cook crawfish, you may have meat leftover meat to use in other recipes. Fried crawfish balls are very tasty. They go well with dipping sauces. Crawfish can be served on pizza, with pasta, and in stews. On Louisiana Cookin’, you will find many recipes on how to use crawfish meat.