Louisiana Crawfish Boil Recipe

To my Cookies that aren’t familiar with Cajun cuisine, allow me to introduce you to a delicacy here in Louisiana. The Crawfish. Nothing gathers people together more than a good ole Crawfish Boil down here! Listen, this little red suckers bring a different kind of joy to our hearts! I can’t even explain the taste. But, let me try…It’s kind of like a mini lobster with 100x more flavor! Of course, everyone here has their own way of boiling. You already know I had to come up with the easiest method that also has the most flavor! Here’s how I prepare my Crawfish Boil and bless my folks!

Clean ‘Em Up!

Your sack of crawfish are going to be dirty! Don’t be alarmed. They come from the swamp. So, a little dirt is expected. We pour them into large cooler and place the water hose inside it. Then, open the drainage hole. Allow the water to run for about 20 minutes or until the water in the cooler is clean.

You should be able to see the crawfish clearly. You also want to remove any dead crawfish you see floating around. If their tails are straight, they’ve gone to glory. Toss ‘em! You definitely do not want to eat a crawfish that gave up the ghost before hitting that hot water. Gross!

When filling your boiling pot with water, make sure you fill it about 2-3 inches above the half way mark.

Just Right!

You guys know I’m a flavor girl. I worked extra hard making sure these crawdaddies were seasoned to perfection. You want them to have the right amount of kick. If they’re too spicy, it’s hard to enjoy them. You want them jusssssst right! You know, like Goldilocks ole breaking and entering behind. Anyway, I like to season well! I use a mix of both Zatarain’s and Louisiana Fish Fry Products boil seasonings. Both are brands will incredible flavor! I also add one, 8 ounce bottle of liquid boil. The Garlic & Onion flavor is a tad bit less spicy than the original concentrate. It adds just the right amount of kick. If you like extra, EXTRA spicy crawfish, add another bottle.

I know what you’re thinking. “Coop, what the hell?” But, listen, you know if I don’t know anything else, I know how to add flavor to some food, okay? So, trust me on this. Do NOT skip this chicken bouillon!! Also, don’t skip the butter. Because, well, butter makes every damn thing good!

And don’t be shy with the veggies and citrus. They bring so much more out of the boil! And a secret, must have ingredient: vinegar. Plain, white, distilled vinegar. A cup will do. This makes the crawfish shells easier to peel. It also calms the smell. The scent of crawfish can linger on your fingers long after washing your hands. This little splash of vinegar takes care of that! You can even eat them inside of your house without worrying about stinking up your walls and furniture. Thank God for vinegar!

Cool Off, Cool Off

The most important part of the boil, other than choosing the right amount of seasoning, is the cooling/soaking process. Crawfish boils super fast! Within 5 minutes, they will be beautifully red and floating at the top of the pot. This is when you need to drop that temperature. 150°F is ideal for soaking. Adding in frozen corn and sausages helps. But, you need to do more to drop the temperature fast enough. If not, the crawfish will overcook and become a mush. Some like to add ice. I don’t recommend that because ice can dilute the boil and take away some of the flavor we worked so hard to build. I use the Boil Boss! It’s an innovative and easy to use ring that attaches to your water hose. It works amazingly! It dropped my Boil from 220°F to 150°F in a little over 3 minutes! It also locks in the juice. I had the juiciest crawfish of my life using this thing! Get yours here (NOT SPONSORED): https://theboilboss.com

It is said that when the crawfish sinks to the bottom of the pot, it has sucked in as much flavor as possible. But, I find that the longer you soak, the spicier they become. So, taste as you soak. I soaked for about 40 minutes. Since the Boil Boss drooped the temp, I didn’t have to worry about my crawfish overcooking. It allotted them plenty of extra soaking time. 

I was intimidated about boiling crawfish. But, there’s nothing to it! Just follow my instructions and watch the video until you’re ready to confidently tackle your first boil. You can do it! And just look at the reward!!

Happy Boiling,

B. Coop

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The Best Crawfish Boil Recipe

A good, ole Louisiana Crawfish Boil how-to including the recipe for the most flavorful boil you’ll ever enjoy!


  • 30-40 lbs live crawfish
  • 2.5 lbs Zatarain’s Crawfish Shrimp, and Crab Boil Complete
  • 2 lbs Louisiana Crawfish Shrimp, and Crab Boil
  • 8 oz Zatarain’s liquid Shrimp & Crab Boil Garlic & Onion flavor
  • 1 cup distilled vinegar
  • 7-8 oz powdered chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 3 onions
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 3 garlic pods
  • 3 oranges
  • 3-4 lemons
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • Boiling potatoes
  • Frozen corn
  • Sausage frozen or thawed


  1. Pour crawfish into a large cooler with a drainage hole
  2. Place water hose into cooler and run water into the cooler with the drainage hole opened.
  3. Remove any dead crawfish (if the tails are straight, they’re gone!)
  4. Continue until the water in the cooler is clear
  5. Turn on the fire and place the boiling pot on top
  6. Fill the pot with water until it is 2-3 inches over halfway full.
  7. And in the Zatarain’s seasoning (both powder and liquid), the Louisiana seasoning, chicken bouillon, salt, and vinegar.

  8. Stir well.
  9. Place the holed, steamer insert into the pot
  10. Add in the veggies
  11. Squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemons before toss them into the pot.
  12. Add the butter and stir well.
  13. Cover the pot with the lid to encourage the boil
  14. Once boiling, add on the potatoes
  15. Stir, cover with the lid, and allow to boil for 10 minutes.
  16. Carefully remove the steamer insert
  17. Pour crawfish into the insert on top of the potatoes.
  18. Carefully place insert back into the pot.
  19. Cover with a lid and boil the crawfish for 5-7 minutes
  20. Turn the fire off.
  21. Add in frozen corn and/or sausage to help cool the boil.
  22. Stir until the temp inside the pot has lowered to 150°F *see video and info above for instructions*
  23. Cover and allow the crawfish to soak for at least 30 minutes; or until the corn and sausage is done, and the majority of the crawfish has sunk to the bottom of the pot**
  24. Remove the steamer insert and allow it to drain.
  25. Enjoy!

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Pasta

I love getting recipe requests! This one’s for you, Sharon! My Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Alfredo pasta! Spicy and creamy. Just how I like it! Check out the video. You don’t want to miss the bloopers at the end. WARNING!! It includes horrific “singing”!

Lol Let me know if you try this! cajun pasta


B. Coop

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Alfredo
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 pound shrimp
  2. 1 pound sausage (your choice)
  3. 1 lb ribbon pasta
  4. Diced Trinity (onion, celery, bell pepper) 1/2 of each
  5. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  6. 1 capful of liquid crab boil
  7. 1 can rotel (drained)
  8. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  9. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  10. 1 1/2 cup half and half
  11. 1 cup grated parmesan
  12. chopped green onions
  13. cajun spices, paprika, onion & garlic powder, and Accent
  14. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions
  2. Slice sausage and saute on low in skillet for 4 mins
  3. Toss shrimp in olive oil and season with cajun spices
  4. Sear shrimp with sausage, 1 min. per side
  5. Remove shrimp and sausage
  6. Add diced veggies and saute until tender 6-7 mins
  7. Add drained rotel
  8. Pour in chicken broth and reduce
  9. Add half and half
  10. Simmer for 5 mins.
  11. Add cheese
  12. Taste and adjust seasoning
  13. Pour over pasta
  14. Garnish with green onions
  15. Enjoy!
  1. Use whatever sausage and pasta you prefer. Skip crab boil and use roma tomatoes for a milder taste.
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Crawfish Étouffée over Baked Cajun Catfish

Okay, a few of my seasoned cookies wanted an etouffee recipe using a roux. I gotcha babe! I even gave my visual learners a recipe video! AND an amazing baked Catfish recipe too! All in one! See, I told y’all I love ya!! Check it out!



B. Coop

Crawfish Etouffee over Baked Cajun Catfish
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  2. 1/3 cup of flour (all purpose)
  3. Trinity (1/2 green 1/2 red bell peppers, 1 yellow onion, 1 celery stalk) finely chopped
  4. 1-2lbs of frozen crawfish tails (thawed) reserve fat
  5. 2 cups of water
  6. 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  7. 1 tablespoon of Liquid crab boil
  8. Cajun spices (I used Tony's)
  9. Green onions
  1. 4 Catfish filets
  2. 2 tablespoons Tony's
  3. 1 tablespoon each of Onion powder, Accent, Garlic & Herb Mrs. Dash, and Parsley Flakes
  4. Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  5. 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  1. Heat oil
  2. Whisk in flour slowly
  3. Add spices
  4. Continue whisking on medium heat until roux is a peanut butter color
  5. Add veggies
  6. Saute until translucent; 5-7 mins
  7. Pour in crawfish fat, crab boil, and water
  8. Bring to a simmer
  9. Add the remaining water and bouillon cubes
  10. Simmer for 20 mins
  11. Taste and adjust seasoning
  12. Add crawfish tails
  13. Simmer for 5 mins.
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Dry fish with paper towels
  3. Rub with seasoning
  4. Pour on lemon juice and butter
  5. Top with lemons
  6. Bake for 20 mins.
  7. Enjoy!
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