Crawdads

Call them crawdads, crawfish, crayfish, mudbugs or little lobsters, these essential ingredients for Cajun and Creole cuisine have been eluding me here. I saw some in a night market, but was informed by the person I was with that they were being sold there for three times the usual rate. When asked where to get them, she said she didn’t know.

I’m dying to make some crawfish etouffee. Anyone know where I can find these scrumptious critters?

“crawdads”? Now that is a word I have not heard in some time. Just git yerself one of those fancy flashlights and a slow moving stream and you are in the money. You also need a pair of fast, yet steady, pair of hands.

Wow, things that I didn’t remember doing as a kid come running right up to me and slapping me in the face.

There’s some living in a stream near my house. I wouldn’t want to eat them though.
I used to buy baby ones to feed my turtles and the ones that survived would grow very fast. I often thought about getting another tank and raising some for eating but never got around to it.

I don’t think I want to fish them out of streams…ugh. Does anyone know of any stores or markets that sell them?

As I said, when I had turtles I used to buy little shrimp to feed them. Sometimes they were shrimp, other times they were crawfish (they look pretty much the same when they’re tiny). I used to buy them at the aquarium shop.

Next thing you know, you’ll be eating chicken feet!

And enjoying it! :laughing:

Back around 1989 or so, the late Irv Shinn (of the old Montana Pub) actually imported a whole mess of crawdads from Louisiana. Jambalaya! Man, that was some [i]good[/i] eating!