Lagniappe on the Bayou ... fresh boiled crawfish and corn on the cob!

Some folks call 'em crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, but here in Louisiana they are simply CRAWFISH, whether they are basin crawfish, spillway crawfish, or pond crawfish.

We've been catching crawfish all our life, and love the Louisiana, Texas and Gulf Coast tradition of a long, leisurely crawfish boil in spring!

Crawfish are freshwater crustaceans. Louisiana has more than thirty different species of crawfish, but only two species are commercially important to the industry: the red swamp crawfish and the white river crawfish.

Crawfish are healthy food. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein, low in calories, fat and saturated fat, and a good source of vitamins.

The 2023 Crawfish Season

Crawfish season varies from one year to the next, based on how cold (or mild) the weather was during the Gulf Coast winter. It also depends on the amount of rain, and the water levels in the swamps and bayous.

Generally, the crawfish season in Louisiana runs from mid-January through early-July for crawfish caught in the wild, with the peak months being March, April and May. Crawfish from farms are available over a longer period of the year.

October and November of 2017 featured warm weather in South Louisiana and Texas, with moderate rainfall in December. But freezing temperatures in late December and mid-January had a negative effect on crawfish availability and size in early 2018. Production later increased to normal levels.

The year 2023 turned out to be great for crawfish! Now we are looking forward to the 2024 crawfish season!

Giant, live crawfish! Huge, live crawfish!
Hot, boiled crawfish, fresh off the burner, and ready to eat! Boiled crawfish with potatoes and corn on the cob ... let's eat!
Dining on gumbo during Super Bowl at the family table ... yum! A platter of perfectly boiled Louisiana crawfish, along with potatoes and corn on the cob!


 

Enjoy Our Website ... And Enjoy Eating Crawfish!

The biggest single days for crawfish boils are Super Bowl Sunday, Easter Sunday and Mother's Day. Actually any day is good for crawfish ... we've been known to have crawfish at Thanksgiving and Christmas!

We invite you to explore our website, and learn more about where to buy crawfish, how to boil crawfish, some favorite crawfish recipes, and view our Crawfish Photo Gallery.

We love crawfish!
Buying Crawfish

If we don't have time to catch crawfish in the swamp, we shop at a local seafood market. And today we have the option of online ordering of live crawfish on the web.

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The Crawfish Boil

Boiling crawfish is a Cajun tradition, an event and social gathering not to be rushed, but to be enjoyed with family and friends. Let's begin the "process"!

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Facts & FAQs

Is the crawfish related to the lobster? Do crawfish only crawl backwards? Answers to these questions and more are on our Crawfish Facts page.

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Crawfish Festivals

In Louisiana and the south, boiling and eating crawfish is a long standing family tradition. But we eat crawfish at places besides the home, whether it be in restaurants, family reunions, football games, or at company gatherings. And we celebrate the crawfish in another way: Festivals! These events encompass all the good things about life along the Gulf Coast: food, fun, music and merriment!

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Crawfish Recipes

Louisiana is known for its Cajun and Creole culture, and its legendary Cajun cooking and crawfish. Excellent Cajun cooking abounds in all parts of Louisiana, whether your tastes tend to seafood gumbo, Boudin, Andouille sausage, or maybe even fried alligator! Crawfish is a key ingredient in many Louisiana dishes such as etouffee, crawfish pie and gumbo.

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Industry & Production

Commercial sales of crawfish in Louisiana date back to the late 1800s, and today's crawfish industry includes millions of pounds harvested from farms and natural waterways in the Bayou State. Small harvests of farmed crawfish for human consumption occur in states such as Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and the Carolinas. But Louisiana is by far the largest producer of crawfish in the United States.

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Crawfish in the News

Crawfish, Cajuns and Native Americans: The History of Crawfish Season in South Louisiana
(KPEL Lafayette - 02/08/2023)

So, what is that black vein in Louisiana crawfish? Do you eat it?
(KEEL Shreveport - 02/07/2023)

Where to get delicious crawfish in San Antonio during mudbug season
(MySanAntonio - 01/21/2023)

It’s huge here | Crawfish season officially underway in Houston
(KHOU - Houston - 01/13/2023)

Preparing for crawfish season in Hattiesburg
(WDAM - Mississippi - 01/13/2023)

Crawfish suppliers in Shreveport-Bossier say they’re seeing higher prices than last year
(KSLA - Shreveport - 01/06/2023)

East Texas seafood restaurants gear up for crawfish season
(KETK - Tyler, Texas - 01/04/2023)

Arctic freeze expected to reduce crawfish numbers
(WWL - New Orleans - 12/20/2022)

Everything You Need to Know About Hosting a Crawfish Boil
(Texas Monthly - 03/23/2022)

Crawfish Season Kicks Off at New Orleans Restaurants
(Eater NOLA - New Orleans, LA - 01/07/2022)

It’s Crawfish Season! Here’s the Scoop for Mudbugs in East Texas
(KICKS105 - Lufkin, TX - 01/06/2022)

Top 10 Spots in Lake Charles to Kick Off Crawfish Season
(107 JAMZ - Lake Charles, LA - 01/06/2022)

Seafood sales skyrocket during the holiday season
(WXXV25 - Gulfport, MS - 12/23/2021)

Growing appetite for crawfish has Texas rice farmers hooked
(Houston Chronicle - 01/02/2020)

Now it's the law: Here's how shrimp, crawfish will be labeled in Louisiana
(The Advocate - Baton Rouge - 09/02/2019)

How to Eat Crawfish - and What Drinks to Pair with Them
(Food & Wine - 08/13/2019)

Exactly how big is the crawfish industry in Louisiana?
(KATC Lafayette - 04/19/2019)

How Tony's Seafood in Baton Rouge gears up for crawfish season
(225 Magazine - 03/12/2019)

More than food, Crawfish is a staple of Cajun culture
(The Vermilion - Lafayette - 10/09/2018)

What to do, and not to do, at your first crawfish boil
(Food and Wine - 12/04/2017)

To Suck or Not Suck? The Controversial Crawfish Question
(Eater Houston - 04/06/2017)