Nothing says fun in Louisiana like a crawfish boil. However, you don’t have to visit or live in Louisiana to appreciate this tasty tradition. You can find a tasty time at a crawfish boil in Plano, TX as well. If you’ve never been to a crawfish boil, but you love seafood, then you might be interested in how to go about eating crawfish.
The most common way to cook crawfish is by boiling them. They’re usually served shell-on, so you might be a little intimidated if you’ve never tried one before. Here’s a foolproof guide to eating crawfish at a crawfish boil.
Which Part of the Crawfish Are You Supposed to Eat?
Crawfish meat is all in the tail, but you shouldn’t ignore the head. This leads us to…
Can I Eat the Yellow Stuff in the Crawfish’s Head?
Absolutely you can! The juice in the head is very edible and has a sweet, briny taste that many people consider a seafood delicacy—and the best part of eating at a crawfish boil. You can simply suck it out of the shell with your mouth once you’ve separated the head from the tail.
Easy Instructions for Eating Boiled Crawfish:
With both hands, hold the crawfish on the tail joint with your thumbs on one side of the shell and your index fingers on the other side.
Using a twisting motion, snap the head away from the tail.
Optional: suck the yellow stuff (known as crawfish butter) out of the crawfish head.
Discard the head. Next, using your thumbs, peel the shell away from the widest part of the tail, as you would peel shrimp.
Holding the tail shell with one hand, pull the tail meat out with your other hand. Enjoy!