Ultimate Crawfish Boil

Gathering for crawfish boils in backyards and patios, under live oaks, or by the banks of the Mississippi, is one of the best parts of South Louisiana springtime. They are, in their spicy, meaty way, part of our cultural fabric.

Ultimate Crawfish Boil
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 32 pounds live crawfish
  2. 6 cups kosher salt, divided
  3. 2 Spice Packets, divided, recipe follows
  4. 10 lemons, halved
  5. 10 pounds red potatoes, quartered
  6. 8 pounds corn on the cob, shucked 
 and halved
  7. 16 heads garlic, halved crosswise
  8. 8 pounds andouille sausage, cut into thirds
  9. Classic Cajun Seasoning, (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bucket or cooler filled with live crawfish, add 3 cups salt and water to cover. Let stand 30 minutes, discarding any crawfish that float to the top, which indicates the crawfish are dead. Rinse crawfish thoroughly with cold water.
  2. In a large outdoor 60-gallon pot with a crawfish basket, add 1 Spice Packet, remaining 3 cups salt, and lemons, squeezing the juices. Fill halfway with water, and bring to a boil on high heat on a heavy-duty outdoor burner*. Add potatoes, corn, and garlic; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Submerge crawfish and sausage into the water with remaining 1 Spice Packet, making sure crawfish are submerged. Return water to a boil. Turn off heat, and cover. Let stand until crawfish are tender and float to the top, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately. Sprinkle with Classic Cajun Seasoning, if desired.
Notes
  1. Follow all safety guidelines according to manufacturer’s directions.
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Spice Packet
Yields 1
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Ingredients
  1. 10 bay leaves
  2. 1 bunch fresh thyme
  3. ¼ cup coriander seeds
  4. ¼ cup dill seeds
  5. ¼ cup mustard seeds
  6. 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. In the center of a double layer of cheesecloth, combine bay leaves, thyme, coriander, dill, mustard seeds, and cayenne. Fold over to make a “packet,” and tie with butcher’s twine.
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