Fishy Fridays

The Lenten season is upon us! Although I don’t ever attend church like I feel I should, I still try to observe Lent. This includes abstaining from meat on Fridays. Growing up, I never liked fish so I always opted for vegetable or pasta dishes instead.

Now that I have a more mature palate, I appreciate seafood much more. I also have experimented with seasonings and flavors, as well as new types of seafood. But I could never bring myself to try crawfish*. I knew people ate them, but could never bring myself to even think too much about it.

*I’ve always called them crawdads. I only call them crawfish when it comes to eating them. Somehow it sounds more appealing to me that way.

And then I visited New Orleans. When we headed to a traditional crawfish boil, I decided to follow the old adage “when in Rome”. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed them. So much so, that I have been wanting to have them again. And what better time to have them than on a Friday in Lent?

Crawfish Boil

  • Red potatoes, halved or quartered depending on your preference
  • 3 inch sections of corn on the cob
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 3lb of boiled, whole, and frozen crawfish (found at Walmart)
  • 1 lb of raw shrimp
  • 1 lb Smoked sausage
  • 1 packet Zataran’s Crab Boil Seasoning

Fill a large stockpot half-way with water. Toss in Seasoning Packet, and set to med-high heat. Once it come to a boil, add potatoes. Set timer for 10 minutes. At the 6 minute mark, add in the frozen corn and onion. At the 4 minute mark, add shrimp. At this time, also squeeze and add the lemon halves into the mix. At the two minute mark, add the crawfish and the sausage. Once that timer goes off, everything should be cooked to perfection! I turned off the burner, but let it set in the liquid for about 10 minutes before draining it. Add a touch of Old Bay, and serve with plenty of napkins!

What I love about this recipe, is that you can tailor it to your own tastes! Use more or less of any ingredient depending on what works for your family. I added the sausage because I knew my youngest wouldn’t touch the shrimp or crawfish. I have also been told that adding fresh mushrooms to the mix would make a great addition. I’m a fan of mushrooms, so I will definitely try that next time!

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!

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