We've been catching crawfish all our lives, starting with fishing those roadside ditches along LA Highway 1 around Marksville, Louisiana.
Many of us that live in Louisiana and the South have the opportunity to catch our own crawfish ... we own the nets and traps, and we have that special local bayou or swamp where we catch crawfish.
Crawfish nets are simple and easy to use. They are inexpensive, and easy to store. Bait is cheap, and plentiful.
And when we don't have access to a swamp, or the time to go out this weekend, we often visit local fish and seafood markets and other sources to buy fresh, live crawfish.
Dozens of Louisiana outlets like Tony's Seafood in Baton Rouge, Chez Francois in Lafayette, The Seafood Pot in Destrehan, Hebert's Seafood in Boutte, Bayou Cane Seafood in Houma, Guidry's Seafood in Larose, and D&T Crawfish in Abbeville have live crawfish in season.
In addition, many suppliers have other types of seafood such as fresh Gulf of Mexico shrimp, oysters, crabs and catfish. Seafood markets in Texas, Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states also sell live crawfish.
Some grocery stores offer limited numbers of live, or boiled, crawfish in season.
GUIDELINE WHEN PLANNING YOUR BOIL
An average person typically consumes about 3 pounds of boiled crawfish, served with corn and potatoes.
Some long-time crawfish eaters might consume as much as 5 pounds.
Some of us that live in the southern parishes of Louisiana or near the Atchafalaya Basin Spillway can buy crawfish directly from crawfishermen at the dock. Often times crawfish are also available at roadside stands or trucks.
And today you can order live crawfish online on the Web from a number of crawfish farmers and retailers in Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere, and have them shipped nationwide overnight.
With the advent of the Internet, and shippers such as FedEx, crawfish lovers outside of Louisiana and Texas can enjoy fresh, Louisiana crawfish delivered to their door at home, or their nearest airport!
Listed below are several leading Louisiana and Texas crawfish farms and live crawfish distributors. We have no connection or affiliation with them, we just know of their existence. We recommend you speak with them regarding availability, pricing, delivery times and freshness before placing your order.
Once caught, a crawfish can live for up to seven days if their metabolism is slowed down by cooling them and keeping them moist. Although they can live longer, there should ideally be two to three days from farm/swamp to the customer's table.
A large number of crawfish outlets, farms and suppliers are located in Louisiana, both for local pickup and online ordering.
Listed below is a sample of long-standing Louisiana dealers offering online crawfish ordering:
We have no relationship with these suppliers, and do not specifically recommend any one. Their names are provided only as a reference point to begin your crawfish shopping. We recommend you speak with any crawfish supplier or distributor regarding availability, pricing, shipping options, guarantees, and freshness before placing your order.
There are a number of crawfish outlets, seafood markets, crawfish farms and caterers selling live and boiled crawfish in Texas, from Beaumont to Houston to Dallas, and in between. Some offer local delivery, while others provide delivery only in designated metropolitan areas. And some offer pickup only.
There are too many vendors to list, but here are a few to start your crawfish search.
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