Crawfish Boil

  • Serves

    serves 2


The crawfish boil is a Gulf Coast tradition of Cajun origin. Click here for a step-by-step guide to eating crawfish.

What You Will


  • 5 lb. live crawfish, rinsed
  • 1½ cups kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 10 bay leaves
  • 4 ribs celery, chopped
  • 3 heads garlic, halved crosswise
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 1 orange, quartered


Step 1

Fill a large bowl with salted water; soak crawfish for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, add remaining ingredients to a 10-qt. stockpot with 6 quarts of water; bring to a boil. Boil for 30 minutes to infuse broth. Add crawfish; cook until bright red and cooked through, about 8 minutes.
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