May 19, 2017 Kim Cox

Do You Suck The Head and Eat the Tail?

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 How To Eat Crawfish

Some of you read the title of this post and thought you were about to enjoy some racy reading.  Gracious Girls, get your minds out of the gutter.  I’m talking about crawfish!

I live in Memphis where barbeque is king, but I’m from Louisiana where crawfish has no rival!

There is nothing like sitting around a table of friends, enjoying good company and eating crawfish.  For those of you who have never had this experience, I feel for you.


If you are lucky enough to get invited to a boil, consider yourself one of the luckiest people alive!  You have been invited to the inner circle and given access to a ritual repeated over an over in the bayous of Louisiana, but less so as you venture further north.

Gracious Girls, I would be remiss if I let you show up at a crawfish boil like a virgin on her wedding night. You need to know a few things before you get to far into it.

Here’s What You Need To Know Before You Go.  

1.  Select a good crawfish to eat.  This is important.  You dont want to eat a crawfish that was dead when it was boiled.  (Health concerns!) Here’s how you tell:  If the crawfish is straight and the tail is not curved, you dont want to eat that crawfish.  Instead, select one that has a curled tail.


2.  Grab the crawfish, holding the head in one hand and the tail in the other.  Twist until they separate.




3.  If you are adventurous, suck the head.  This is a matter of preference.  The juice and flavorful liquid in which the crawfish are boiled collects in the head.  Many people suck the head to get that good juice.  I, however, do not…  There are some things in life I’m not meant to enjoy – crawfish brain juice is one of them.  Throw the head away



4.  Take the tail and squeeze the sides.   Pinch the rim of the tail, freeing the meat from the shell.  Pop that goodness in your mouth and ENJOY!



It might take a time or two, but once you get the hang of it, You’ll be eating crawfish like a native Louisianian.

Go ahead, suck those heads and eat those tails! What happens at the crawfish table stays at the crawfish table.

Ok, so, you think you’re ready to go to a boil?  Not so fast, as with anything there is some etiquette rules you might need to know.  I’ll give you the scoop in my next post,  “Crawfish Etiquette.” And yes, there is such a thing!

Photo Credit:  Kim Thomas of KPFusion

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