I learned this Southern style of cooking from my mother-in-law. Live crawfish are the best, but you can also use thawed, frozen whole crawfish. Just pinch the tails and suck the heads to eat. You can also cook crab, lobster, or shrimp this way.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

5
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Directions

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  • Place onions, garlic, lemons, oranges, celery, and jalapeno peppers into a 4 or 5 gallon pot. Season with pepper and seasoned salt; fill with enough water to fill the pot 3/4 full. Bring to a hard boil over intense heat, and allow to boil for 20 minutes.

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  • Add the crawfish, cover, and boil for 20 minutes until the shells turn red. Drain and eat.

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The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the boil ingredients. The actual amount of the boil ingredients consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

736 calories; protein 128.1g 256% DV; carbohydrates 30.2g 10% DV; fat 10.1g 16% DV; cholesterol 971.3mg 324% DV; sodium 2949mg 118% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2017
Works great with lobster. Added Old Bay into the mix. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/07/2010
It's O.K. to put the onions and garlic in your water you can even add potatoes ans corn on the cob but you must add either liquid or powder crab boil to the water (liquid proferred). Also after the water is boiling add the crawfish and boil for only 7 minutes. When done remove from water and put into a large sealable container so they can steam out. A good idea is to sprinkle with tony's seasoning or powered crab boil before closing up. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes then eat. One other thing if you only have 10 pounds of crawfish you better be eating alone. Read More
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  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 1 stars
07/06/2010
It's O.K. to put the onions and garlic in your water you can even add potatoes ans corn on the cob but you must add either liquid or powder crab boil to the water (liquid proferred). Also after the water is boiling add the crawfish and boil for only 7 minutes. When done remove from water and put into a large sealable container so they can steam out. A good idea is to sprinkle with tony's seasoning or powered crab boil before closing up. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes then eat. One other thing if you only have 10 pounds of crawfish you better be eating alone. Read More
(86)
Rating: 1 stars
07/06/2010
You need cayenne pepper liquid crab boil and crab boil season. Don't boil for 20 minutes--7 minutes should be the max and cut off the fire or heat and let soak for 20. Read More
(43)
Rating: 1 stars
01/03/2011
I am from Louisiana and eat boiled crawfish all the time. I have never heard of adding jalapenos or celery to the boil. Plus 10 lbs of crawfish is NOT ALOT! The weight counts for the whole crawfish shell and meat. You also must have some sort of seasoning being powdered or liquid. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/16/2017
ummm. NO!!!!!! like others, I live in south Louisiana and this in not the way to eat boiled crawfish. if you think this is good your missing out on what crawfish really taste like. liquid crab boil and powder crab boil until spicy enough. onions, garlic, sausage, lemon, celery and potatoes boiled for 12 to 15 mins. and 20 pounds of crawfish minimum and boil for 3 to 5 minutes. throw corn o. the cob in when fire is off, soak for 25. I have won a few competitions cooking crawfish this way. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2017
Works great with lobster. Added Old Bay into the mix. Read More
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