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Making a Traditional Louisiana Crawfish Bisque

Posted by Karen Hales on Apr 17 2019

A bisque is a rich, creamy soup of French origin based on a strained broth of crustaceans such as lobster, shrimp, crab and crawfish. Crawfish bisque is a unique and traditional Louisiana dish. Unlike a French bisque, which is cream based, a Louisiana crawfish bisque is a roux-based soup (flour and butter mixture) incorporating crawfish meat, sauteed green pepper, onions, celery and garlic, and crawfish heads stuffed with crawfish dressing.

Despite its long Louisiana history, only about a dozen restaurants in New Orleans still serve crawfish bisque, according to Tom Fitzmorris, food critic and longtime host of The Food Show on WWL Radio. Today, Deanie’s Seafood’s three locations offer crawfish bisque using Deanie’s Proprietor Mrs. Barbara Chifici’s personal recipe based off the traditional River Parishes version of this soup. The restaurants also serve seafood & okra gumbo, crawfish étouffée, and a variety of seafood-focused soups du jour. We’ll walk you through how to make a New Orleans crawfish bisque.

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish, Deanie's Seafood Restaurant, New Orleans Recipes, 2019

Expert Tips: How to Throw a Crawfish Boil

Posted by Karen Hales on Apr 12 2019

In case you are thinking about having a spring crawfish boil, like we do here in New Orleans, we thought we’d ask the experts at Deanie’s Seafood Market for tips to be sure your boil is a success.

Louis Graff, a boiler at Deanie’s Seafood Market in Bucktown, is the perfect go-to person. Deanie’s Seafood Market sells thousands of pounds of boiled and live Louisiana crawfish this time of year. They also ship live and boiled crawfish throughout the United States from their online market, Shopdeanies.com.

Read on to find out how the locals do it.

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish, Louisiana Seafood in Season, 2019

The 2019 Pinch A Palooza Experience is Almost Here!

Posted by Karen Hales on Mar 28 2019

New Orleans Bands, crawfish eating contest at crawfest 

Do you have what it takes to become the next Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Champion? Join in the 10-year-old tradition of celebrating Louisiana crawfish season with New Orleans’ favorite boiled crawfish, music, a competitive crawfish eating contest and more during Deanie’s Seafood’s Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest.

Pinch A Palooza takes place from noon to 7 p.m., Sat., April 20 at the original Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant & Seafood Market, located at 1713 Lake Ave. at Old Hammond Highway, Metairie.  A $1 donation to The Good Shepherd School gets you in the gate for the all-day festival.

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Topics: New Orleans, Pinch A Palooza, Louisiana Crawfish, Deanie's Seafood Restaurant, Philanthropy, Events, New Orleans Festivals, 2019

Learn about Crawfish Health Benefits during Crawfish Season

Posted by Karen Hales on Mar 20 2019

The Other Pink Meat - Crawfish is Gluten Free, Keto-Friendly, Low Carb


Enjoying a traditional crawfish boil can be an excellent way to eat healthy during crawfish season. Louisiana’s favorite crustacean is not only a staple of Southern cuisine, but also a low-fat source of protein. Among crawfish health benefits are the high amount of essential vitamins and minerals, and their low calorie count. The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommends eating more seafood as part of a healthy diet, and Louisianans enjoy an abundance of some of the tastiest, spiciest seafood during crawfish boil season!

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Topics: Pinch A Palooza, Louisiana Crawfish, Louisiana Seafood, Seafood Health Benefits, 2019

New Orleans’ Favorite Crawfish Festival Returns for 10th year

Posted by Karen Hales on Mar 01 2019

Pinch A Palooza Festival 2019 - April 20 in Bucktown

New Orleans’ favorite family seafood restaurant will be firing up the boil pots for its 10th-annual neighborhood crawfish festival, Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest, noon to 7 p.m., Sun., April 20 in Bucktown. Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown—the original location of the well-known seafood restaurant with three locations in and around New Orleans—will continue the tradition of celebrating the Bucktown community and delicious local crawfish with a day of live music and entertainment, a Crawfish Eating Contest, and plenty of crawfish specialties and libations. Actor and comedian Johnny Rock will emcee Pinch A Palooza.

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Topics: New Orleans, Pinch A Palooza, Louisiana Crawfish, Deanie's Seafood Market, Philanthropy, Deanie's in Bucktown, Events, New Orleans Festivals, 2019

Deanie’s in Bucktown: Highlighting a New Orleans Original

Posted by Karen Hales on Feb 21 2019

A Look Back at the First Deanie’s Seafood Location in Bucktown


A New Orleans institution for more than 55 years, Deanie's Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown, 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, is the original location of one of New Orleans’ favorite seafood enterprises. Family-owned and -operated, Deanie’s Seafood is an authentic “scratch house” — everything is made in-house using original recipes, local ingredients and Louisiana seafood from Deanie’s Seafood Market, which is adjacent to the Lake Avenue restaurant.

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish, Deanie's Seafood Market, Deanie's Seafood Restaurant, Deanie's in Bucktown, Louisiana Seafood Industry, 2019

7 Things You Didn't Know About Crawfish

Posted by Karen Hales on Feb 07 2019

Trivia tidbits about Louisiana’s favorite crustacean

If you live in New Orleans, or just about anywhere in the United States, you know that crawfish is an important commodity in Louisiana. But aside from how to peel and pinch them, what do you really know about crawfish? Whether you are getting ready to enjoy the Louisiana crawfish season or standing over a table piled high with crawfish at a neighborhood crawfish boil, consider testing your friends with these fun, little-known facts about our favorite crustacean.

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish, Online Seafood Market, Louisiana Seafood in Season, 2019

It’s Crawfish Season at Deanie’s Seafood

Posted by Karen Hales on Jan 22 2019

Enjoy best crawfish in New Orleans 

It's Mardi Gras season when we can start to enjoy the weather, get outside with friends, family, and neighbors, and celebrate life! One of our favorite ways to do that is with a crawfish boil, and thankfully the highly anticipated crawfish season in New Orleans has officially begun. Besides being absolutely delicious, there are so many reasons to eat crawfish.  They are low carb, nutritious, low fat and even Keto-friendly, plus they are an important commodity for Louisiana's seafood industry.

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish, Deanie's Seafood Market, Deanie's in Bucktown, Louisiana Seafood in Season, 2019

Louisiana Crawfish Aquaculture is largest by far in US

Posted by Karen Hales on May 11 2018

Rice paddys and crawfish farms go together like rice and étouffée

Agriculture is the practice of breeding, rearing, and harvesting fish, shellfish, plants, algae and other organisms in all types of water environments. On the East Coast, paddy fields and mangrove fields are converted into shrimp farms, while the West Coast, which protects mangrove fields, is more likely to convert idle plantations or paddy fields into shrimp producing fields.

The rice industry traveled south from the Carolinas to Louisiana with Acadian settlers. In Louisiana, rice paddys (an irrigated crop) are often converted to crawfish farms. (Photo by New York Times)

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish, Louisiana Seafood, Sustainable Seafood, Louisiana Seafood Industry

Crawfish is king at Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Festival

Posted by Lindsay Adler on Apr 13 2018

Best Crawfish in New Orleans at Deanie's 

Crawfish season is in full swing, and Pinch A Palooza on April 22 (noon to 8pm) will celebrate all things crawfish! Our dishes are carefully crafted from scratch using the freshest ingredients and authentic family recipes. You can try a variety of dishes at Pinch A Palooza Festival from crawfish nachos, crawfish balls, fried crawfish tails and crawfish étouffée to crawfish bisque and crawfish bread. And did we mention that we’ll have over 5,000 pounds of delicious boiled crawfish plus traditional sides like corn and potatoes? A selection of non-seafood items will also be available for purchase, and you can wash it all down with ice cold beer on tap or other specialty frozen drinks. You can also test your competitive eating skills during our Crawfish Eating Contests for kids and adults.

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Topics: Pinch A Palooza, Louisiana Crawfish, Events, Louisiana Seafood in Season, New Orleans Festivals

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