How To eat crawfish | eat crawfish step by step

How To eat crawfish : Crawfish, crayfish, mudbugs, yabbies and crawdads are all the same freshwater crustacean, the name just depends on what region of the United States they’re in. Crawfish look like very small lobsters, and are eaten steamed or boiled.

What Are Crawfish?

Crawfish are small crustaceans that live in fresh water and are similar in flavor to shrimp and lobster. Approximately 95% of the crawfish consumed in the United States are harvested from Louisiana, but they’re popular all over the world from Sweden to Spain to Nigeria. You can find this common crustacean crawling around in swamps, rivers, and lakes all over the planet.

How to Eat a Crawfish

Remove the head from the tail. Pinch the head between two finger with one hand, and hold the tail with your other hand. Give the head a twist until it comes off.

  • The head should twist off easily. If it doesn’t, the crawfish may not be fully cooked.

Suck the head. Place the open part of the head between your lips and suck out the juices. This part of the crawfish is considered a delicacy in the Southern United States.

  • The head may be discarded if you are squeamish about eating it.

Crack the tail’s shell. Pinch the shell that covers with the tail with your fingers to crack it all over. Remove the shell and discard it.

Devein the crawfish.Hold the tail with one hand and peel back the outer layer of skin from the top of the crawfish with your other hand. The digestive tract will be pulled off with the tail. Discard it.

Eat the tail meat. The tail meat is the most substantial part of the crawfish, and can be eaten right away or used to make other crawfish dishes. Crawfish étouffée, a traditional Cajun dish, and crawfish pizza are popular in the South.

Suck the claws. Most crawfish have small claws that can be cracked open and sucked for their meat and juices. Larger crawfish have large claws with pieces of meat that can be pulled out and eaten.

What Part of the Crawfish Do You Eat?

Now, most of the meat on the crawfish is located in the tail area. If it’s served with the claw and the claw is big enough, then the claw meat can be eaten as well. Most of the other parts of the crawfish are inedible. With that being said, this doesn’t mean you should just throw away all the heads.

Can You Eat the Yellow Contents in the Crafish’s Head?

While the head itself isn’t edible, the yellow contents in the head are quite tasty. It has a briny and sweet taste that many people just can’t get enough of. All you have to do is to suck it out of the shell once you’ve separated the head from the tail.

But what exactly is it? Well, people often refer to this as the crawfish’s brain. Now, this isn’t entirely accurate as crawfish don’t have brains. What this actually is is the crawfish’ hepatopancreas. Think of it as the liver of the crawfish. In a way, it’s sort of like the foie gras of the ocean.