Crawfish boils and eating crawfish is just a plain and simple way of life in the south. You don’t need a special reason to get friends and family together to have a crawfish boil and it is the perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon on the weekends. If you are a transplant or visiting the south and are invited to a crawfish boil, don’t hesitate to accept the invitation. I’m going to prepare you and let you in on the secrets to successfully peeling crawfish so you can keep up with the pro’s.
There is a little trick to peeling crawfish and it isn’t hard to learn. Pick up a boiled crawfish with it’s head pointing to your left. Hold the head of the crawfish between your thumb and forefinger. With your right hand grip the crawfish tail right where it attaches to the head and twist it off.
Now you have two sections of the crawfish. The head is in your left hand and now is the time to suck the head if you want to go all the way in the true Cajun way of eating crawfish. If you wish to skip sucking the head and the juices in the head of the crawfish, dispose of in the “trash” pile. In order to get the meat out of the tail, you will need to peel back the very first section of the tail where it was attached to the head. Now you want to place your thumb at the bottom of the tail section and push, while grabbing the meat coming out of the tail with your right hand and tugging gently.
Now you have the meat out of the tail which is the main part of the crawfish that will be eaten. You will see a small section of meat along the length of the top of the crawfish that easily comes off or is already in the process when you get the meat out of the tail. Underneath this sliver of meat is the main vein in the crawfish. It will be blue or black. You may want to pull this vein out, I know it grosses me out and I don’t like to eat it. Others don’t mind and go right on eating. I just thought I would mention that little fact to you.
Sure, it takes some practice but after a few minutes you will get the hang of it and be peeling and eating crawfish almost as fast as the seasoned southerners.
Many people eat crawfish right out of the shell. However, some like a sauce to dip the delicacy into for some additional seasoning. A few suggestions are ketchup, hot sauce, ketchup and hot sauce mixed together, horseradish sauce or some other concoction that you come up with. No matter how you eat them, they will sure to be delicious. Enjoy!