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#3132823 - 01/21/13 09:27 AM Shrimp-Crawfish Boil
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I love going to these. I am wanting to do my own boil. Anyone have any good recipes or tips? Thanks
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#3132847 - 01/21/13 09:53 AM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: rabbit hunter]
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I used to do a bunch of them when I lived in Mobile.

There isn't much to them you can add whatever you want new potatoes, corn, whole okra, sausage, mushrooms whatever you like. Make sure the corn and potatoes are added well ahead of the seafood so they have time to cook. I like the Zatarans liquid(oil) crawfish/crab boil. it helps make shrimp(and somewhat the crawfish) easier to peel. But I also throw in a couple of the seasoning bags.


I wouldn't try to do shrimp and crawfish together. Shrimp only take 2-3 min's to boil, Crawfish take a few more min's and need a longer(20 min's or so) post boil soak. I guess you could do one, then do the other.

if you do multiple batches, the later batches will get better and better.
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#3132861 - 01/21/13 10:04 AM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: BamaProud]
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My in-laws say the trick is to toss each batch in a cooler, then sprinkle with the dry seasonings. Close the lid till the next batch is ready. The steam gets trapped in the cooler and gives the meat an extra flavor burst.

I don't know if it works like that, but they make some darn good crawfish.
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#3132932 - 01/21/13 11:19 AM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: Redfred16]
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 Originally Posted By: Redfred16
My in-laws say the trick is to toss each batch in a cooler, then sprinkle with the dry seasonings. Close the lid till the next batch is ready. The steam gets trapped in the cooler and gives the meat an extra flavor burst.

I don't know if it works like that, but they make some darn good crawfish.


yes! I should have posted that step. Also, I have never been a fan of putting then in ice immediately after removing them from the boil to "stop the cooking process". Lots of people do it, I just don't think they turn out as tasty.
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#3132950 - 01/21/13 11:32 AM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: BamaProud]
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 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
I used to do a bunch of them when I lived in Mobile.

There isn't much to them you can add whatever you want new potatoes, corn, whole okra, sausage, mushrooms whatever you like. Make sure the corn and potatoes are added well ahead of the seafood so they have time to cook. I like the Zatarans liquid(oil) crawfish/crab boil. it helps make shrimp(and somewhat the crawfish) easier to peel. But I also throw in a couple of the seasoning bags.


I wouldn't try to do shrimp and crawfish together. Shrimp only take 2-3 min's to boil, Crawfish take a few more min's and need a longer(20 min's or so) post boil soak. I guess you could do one, then do the other.

if you do multiple batches, the later batches will get better and better.


At work, we toss the skrimps in about 2 minutes before we're ready to pull the entire thing.....right after cutting off the burner.
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#3132953 - 01/21/13 11:34 AM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: BamaProud]
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 Originally Posted By: BamaProud
 Originally Posted By: Redfred16
My in-laws say the trick is to toss each batch in a cooler, then sprinkle with the dry seasonings. Close the lid till the next batch is ready. The steam gets trapped in the cooler and gives the meat an extra flavor burst.

I don't know if it works like that, but they make some darn good crawfish.


yes! I should have posted that step. Also, I have never been a fan of putting then in ice immediately after removing them from the boil to "stop the cooking process". Lots of people do it, I just don't think they turn out as tasty.


A coonass buddy of mine would freeze 2L bottles of water, then put them in the cooker after his cooking process was done. Remove the now thawed ice bottles, and let the bugs soak in their own cooking water for a while.

It works great, but really diminishes your ability to put out more than one batch in a reasonable amount of time.
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#3133206 - 01/21/13 03:15 PM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: TAFKAP]
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Ordered 20 lbs crawfish last spring from Louisiana crawfish co. They overnited and all were alive in a cooler at my doorstep next day. Get the jumbo's.
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#3134232 - 01/22/13 10:03 AM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: Nitro]
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I usually boil about 40 lbs at a time and here is a basic recipe. Fill pot with the correct amount of water. Add a few onions, lemons (sliced in halves and sqeezed), several cloves of garlic, celery, a few bay leaves, 1 large container of Zatarans crawfish boil season powder, one medium bottle of crab boil liquid. (red potatoes would be added now) Bring to a rolling boil.

Add crawfish and bring back to a rolling boil. Then turn off the pot. At this point add some sweet corn and mushrooms. Spray down the outside of the pot with cold water to cool it off. Let the crawfish soak for about 20 to 25 minutes or until they all sink from the surface. (This means they soaked up the liquid.) Check occasionally to see if they are ready. If they are overcooked they will be hard to get out the shell.

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#3134242 - 01/22/13 10:06 AM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: Bayou Buck]
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Oh yeah, some people like to add a little lemon oil right at the end.
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#3134386 - 01/22/13 11:54 AM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: Bayou Buck]
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I always love to add a few artichokes and a bag or 2 of Brussels sprouts.
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#3134424 - 01/22/13 12:14 PM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
I always love to add a few artichokes and a bag or 2 of Brussels sprouts.


Never had those in with the boil, but I love both veggies and I bet they would go great in there.
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#3134520 - 01/22/13 01:35 PM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: Bayou Buck]
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Here's the recipe I use for shrimp boil.

Recipe for 12 people
Shrimp boil per package
Old Bay per package
Garlic (2 bulbs or equivalent)
3 lbs smoked sausage or kielbasa
6 lbs shrimp raw with shell on
Red potatoes
Corn
3 lemons slices in half
Cayenne to taste
Water
Cocktail Sauce
Squeeze butter

Fill pot half full with water. Add garlic and spices. Bring to rolling boil
Add potatoes, boil for 10 mins
Add kielbasa and corn, boil for 10 mins
Squeeze lemons in pot and throw in pot
Add shrimp, bring back to rolling boil and cook for a couple of mins.
Turn off heat and put on lid and let soak til ready to eat.

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Add a couple of beers to the water
Add chicken stock to the water
Add onions peeled and cut into wedges

Adjustments
lb of shrimp per person
1 ear corn per person
lb kielbasa per person
1 lemon per lb of kielbasa
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#3134595 - 01/22/13 02:28 PM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: BigAl]
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#3134664 - 01/22/13 03:23 PM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: Chaneylake]
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 Originally Posted By: Chaneylake


Hey man what about me?...Im in the yellow shirt on the left.... \:D \:D
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#3134668 - 01/22/13 03:28 PM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: beechnut]
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That sure looks good.I was excited about having my wife's sloppy joes tonight, but now I'm craving crawfish.
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#3134674 - 01/22/13 03:33 PM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: beechnut]
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 Originally Posted By: beechnut
 Originally Posted By: Chaneylake


Hey man what about me?...Im in the yellow shirt on the left.... \:D \:D


lol, I will have to edit that photo
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#3134692 - 01/22/13 03:43 PM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: Chaneylake]
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 Originally Posted By: Chaneylake
 Originally Posted By: beechnut
 Originally Posted By: Chaneylake


Hey man what about me?...Im in the yellow shirt on the left.... \:D \:D


lol, I will have to edit that photo


I recoginize the coozy..."Sarcasm: Just one of my many talents".... \:D \:D

And the food was good.
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#3136443 - 01/23/13 06:35 PM Re: Shrimp-Crawfish Boil [Re: beechnut]
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heres what i do. add enough water to pot to submurge the crawfish and all veggies. add cut up lemons, garlic, corn, taters, and onions, powered crawfish boil and if u have it add liquid crab boil. bring to boil and boil taters for 5 minutes then add crawfish. when the water comes back to a boil time it for 8 minutes. shut fire off and let set for 3-5 minutes. if u gunna add shrimp add them with 5 minutes left to boil crawfish. shrimp need 3 minutes to boil. if u gunna add sausage do that with about 5 minutes left in the boil also. for a dip we love this, mix 75% mayo and 25% ketchup. chop a purple onion up real fine. add this to mayo and then add zatarans or tony chacheries seasoning to it. mix it all together and let set in fridge for a few hours before u ready to eat. it lets the onion flavor get mixed in. i hope u enjoy.

Edited by LA man (01/23/13 06:38 PM)
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