Enjoy best crawfish in New Orleans
Spring is a time 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.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CRAWFISH
Besides being Louisiana’s favorite crustacean and a staple of Southern cuisine, there are some impressive health benefits of crawfish. Low in calories, Louisiana Wild crawfish are a low-fat source of protein, essential vitamins and minerals, and they have nearly half the calories of roasted, skinless chicken breast. Crawfish are high in B Vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and Phosphorous.
HISTORY OF LOUISIANA CRAWFISH
The crawfish is a Jurassic Era creature more than 200 million years old. Crawfish have been part of the American culinary culture since long before the arrival of the early European settlers, and they were a staple of the diet of native people who lived off the land and often dried and stored crawfish for use when food was expected to be scarce. They are such an integral part of the landscape that in 1983 Louisiana became the first state in the nation to name a state crustacean, the crawfish.
MORE FACTS ABOUT CRAWFISH SEASON
Louisiana crawfish accounts for 90 percent of the nation’s domestic crawfish and contributes more than $300 million in annual economic impact. Its annual yield of crawfish ranges from 120 to 150 million pounds, which is produced by the more than 1,000 crawfish farmers and 800 commercial fishermen who catch wild crawfish. Crawfish look like tiny lobsters and are typically between 3 inches and 6 inches long. Crawfish inhabit freshwater lakes and streams, and the presence of crawfish indicates that the waters they are in are relatively clean, since they rarely live in waters that are polluted. The average person consumes 3 lbs. of boiled crawfish at a time, which equals approximately 6-8 oz. of meat.
ENJOY BEST CRAWFISH IN NEW ORLEANS
Deanie’s Seafood in Bucktown has some of the best crawfish in New Orleans! We were recently voted by New Orleans Magazine readers in their “Tops of the Town” poll as the “Top Place for Boiled Crawfish in New Orleans,” and we are voted consistantly year after year in the top 3 for “Best Place to get Boiled Seafood” by both Gambit and Where Y’at readers. Pick up Boiled Louisiana Crawfish at our Seafood Market in Bucktown, or enjoy boiled crawfish dine-in at our restaurants.
Need a few pointers on how to peel crawfish? We’ve got your step-by-step guide. Happy Crawfish Season and Bon Appetit!