What Should I Know Before Trying Crawfish for the First Time?

What Should I Know Before Trying Crawfish for the First Time?

Crawfish is a staple ingredient in many classic Cajun dishes, boasting a delicious blend of salty and sweet flavors from the sea. If you have never tried this particular seafood item, there are a few things you may want to know before you buy crawfish online or pick it up at your local market.

Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about crawfish from our seafood connoisseurs at Farm-2-Market.

What You Need to Know Before Buying Crawfish Online

  • What does a crawfish look like in the wild?

A crawfish can be up to six inches in length with a similar appearance to that of a lobster. Like a lobster or a crab, the crustacean has 10 legs, including two large claws, and can be found in oceans all over the world, often hugging the shoreline. At Farm-2-Market, seafood lovers can enjoy two of the rarest species of seafood in the world, that being the Pacific Green Signal Crawfish and the Pacific Red Crawfish. The Green Signal Crawfish has a slightly different appearance to its red counterpart, with one claw appearing more dominant than the other.

  • How does the flavor compare to other seafood?

The flavor of crawfish can be described as both sweet and salty, packing a fairly strong punch that sets it apart from its less flavorful cousins. While crab, lobster, and shrimp could all be described as predominantly sweet and mild in flavor, crawfish has a more powerful flavor and a much more meaty texture. For this reason, crawfish pairs well with cajun recipes which are typically full of spices and rich flavor combinations.

  • How should crawfish be prepared?

Crawfish can be served hot or cold and can be used in a variety of unique recipes. If you plan on purchasing live crawfish, you may want to highlight the thickest, meatiest part of the crustacean (i.e. the tail) in a fresh, cold dish such as our spicy crawfish dip. If you plan on buying our frozen soft-shelled crawfish online, we recommend frying it or adding it to a classic crawfish boil. If you are trying crawfish for the first time and wish to experience its pure flavor, you may also want to try sucking the meat straight out of its shell.

Are you looking to try a new seafood item with bold flavors and versatility? Buy crawfish online today from our fresh selection at Farm-2-Market!