My friend Tammy is a sweet Southern belle from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She went home for her little sister’s graduation and brought back some of her dad’s Crawfish Boil, which was amazing! Everything about it exceeded my expectations of crawfish. (You may remember when we made Crawfish Gumbo. We had a hard time finding crawfish here and what we ended up with wasn’t the best, I guess).

crawfish 2

Each crawfish was 2 to 3 times the size of anything I had previously seen. The taste and texture of the meat was also completely different, freshness times 5. The crawfish butter/tomalley was creamy and luxurious. The flavors were so harmonious, the spice, the brininess, and I swear I could taste the love. Every piece looked beautiful. The crazy thing is, Tammy’s dad froze it and just sent her on the plane with 25+ lbs of crawfish boil and it remained frozen till she got home, where she put it in her freezer. We re-boiled it here and it was sheer perfection. I think it’s time for Daddy Dang to start a Crawfish Boil shipping company! But until then, he has shared his recipe…


Do you see this bowl? It’s about 13″ in diameter and more than 5″ high. We (7 people) ate about 4 bowls full and still weren’t finished.

Daddy Dang’s Crawfish Boil Recipe


  • 3.5 gallons Water
  • 3.5 pounds “Louisiana” crawfish seasoning **DO NOT ADD EXTRA SALT**, for every 2nd sack of crawfish that you boil, only add an additional 1/2 bag of seasoning
  • 1/3 Bottle of “Louisiana” Cayenne Pepper
  • 10 Lemons, sliced
  • 15 cloves of Garlic, halved
  • 5 Oranges, sliced
  • 1 Celery Stalk, sliced
  • 4 Onions, sliced vertically into 6 pieces
  • Whole White Mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 sack of Live Crawfish (approx. 35-40lbs)


1. Bring water to boil and add everything into boil and cook for 15 minutes (covered).

2. Turn off heat, take lid off.  Add a whole bag of ice into the pot!!! (this will allow the cooking process to stop and will trap the flavors in each crawfish)

3. Let stand with ice for 10-12 minutes.

Ready to eat afterward (ice will have melted into the pot)

For more pics from our Crawfish Boil Party, go to Flickr.

Coming soon! Tammy’s demo on how to eat crawfish.

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