The crawfish extravaganza


Hubbs and I went for a splendid lunch buffet last week, where I tasted crawfish for the very first time!  They look like prawns, don’t they?  Tastewise, it’s somewhere between that of a prawn and a crab.

This is how people eat crawfish:

  • Remove the head of the crawfish.
  • Press gently on its body through the shell and massage it, to ensure the meat is dislodged from it’s hard exterior.
  • Bite on a small portion of the body, and with one swift deft motion, slide the meat out from its shell with your teeth.

And this is how I did it:

  • Remove the head of the crawfish.
  • Take apart part of the head still stuck on the body.
  • Proceed to massage the body as instructed,
  • Bite a small portion, and pull gently.
  • When the meat did not budge, massage a little bit more.  Hands are all dripping with the juice of the crawfish now.
  • Try biting and pulling again.  Didn’t work.
  • Use fingers to peel off the shell from the body.
  • Remove the piece of crawfish meat and put into mouth.
  • Wipe fingers clean.

Anyway, why is a crawfish called a crawfish?  It’s not a fish…

Why don’t they call it a crawshrimp or crawprawn?  Eh?

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6 Responses to The crawfish extravaganza

  1. Paik Ling says:

    LOL – i ate them the same way too. I wasn’t aware that there was a “proper” way of eating crawfish. Well, as long as you get the same end result, the journey doesn’t matter 🙂 Did you know that crayfish are considered to be agricultural pests?

    The Giddy Tigress says: I didn’t know that…thanks for sharing!

  2. simon says:

    haha I like the step by step instructions 🙂 so it basically something like a prawn?

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, but the shell is thicker than a prawn’s.

  3. rinnah says:

    I’m allergic to anything with a shell on. 🙁

    The Giddy Tigress says: Poor you! Hope you didn’t get a rash just looking at the picture!

  4. Audrey says:

    Hi Croyce!! I’m in Bali right now, and there’s lots of seafood around but no sign of anything that resembles that juicy-looking prawny morsel :-)))

    The Giddy Tigress says: You’re in Bali?!!!! Wow!

  5. zewt says:

    hmmm… i tot it’s called crayfish?

    The Giddy Tigress says: Apparently both crawfish and crayfish can be used interchangeably. See here.

  6. Wow! Yummy!!!!!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Finger lickin’ good!

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