If You’re Hungering For Seafood, We’ll Satisfy Your Craving
When you think of seafood, do you think of actual fish like salmon? Or do you think of mollusks like clams and mussels? What about shellfish like lobster and crab? Whichever is your favorite, the consumption of seafood is definitely on the rise.
Moreover, all kinds of food from the sea, shellfish, fish, mollusks, and crustaceans, are good for us. It’s a low fat, high protein food that’s packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. While sometimes fish costs more than meat, seafood gives you more nutrition per serving for every dollar you spend.
In addition, we’re not only consuming more, but we are also varying the types of seafood we eat. Currently, shrimp occupies the top spot for seafood favorites. However, other regional types are becoming popular too. For example, the enjoyment of crawfish is moving out of Louisiana and into the mainstream.
What Are Crawfish?
Crawfish, crayfish, crawdads, and mudbugs are all names of the freshwater crustacean that lives in rivers and streams. Their size ranges from 3-6 inches. Packed with nutrients, crawfish are a good source of protein, folate, niacin, vitamin B6, thiamine, and riboflavin. They’re also a very rich source of minerals including iron, selenium, iodine, calcium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Popular in Cajun dishes, crawfish taste similar to shrimp and crab with a lightly salty, slightly sweet flavor.
Although there are hundreds of species worldwide, fishermen commonly harvest the red swamp crawfish and white river crawfish. Primarily found in the Gulf Coast states, crawfish harvesting is big business in Louisiana. In fact, Louisiana produces about 90% of all U.S. crawfish yields.
And if you think you need to head to Louisiana to satisfy your craving for crawfish, guess again. Restaurants across the country now serve up this tasty crustacean. Manhattan, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Greensboro chefs cook ‘em up and serve them hot and juicy.
How to Eat Crawfish
The Cajun people arrived in the swampy bayous of Louisiana in the 1700s after England expelled them from Canada. Although they were able fishermen, the staples of Louisiana were different than Canada. It was the Native people of Louisiana who showed the Cajun the value of the crawfish. Soon, the Cajun people incorporated this crustacean into many of their dishes including gumbo and Étoufée. Over the years, the Cajun dishes have become part of the New Orleans culture and when dining in a restaurant in that area, trying some Cajun food is a must.
Eating boiled crawfish is a messy but fun event. Expect to have juices dribble down your chin and your hands to get sticky. Crawfish, like its cousin the lobster, have a hard exoskeleton. Thus, you must remove this shell to get to the tasty meat.
To do so, you first need to remove the head using a twisting motion. When you pick one up, you’ll notice the natural middle where the tail begins. By grasping the tail in one hand, and the head in the other, you can twist and snap. If you are a true connoisseur of crawfish, you’ll suck the head. Devoted crawfish diners claim this is the tastiest part of the animal. Then, peel the shell off the tail to enjoy the tender meat.
How to Cook Crawfish
Many people simmer crawfish in a boil. While it isn’t that hard to cook them, you do need a bit of equipment. First, you’ll need a very large pot with a strainer insert. So, if you’re having a few friends over, you’ll need a really big pot. A general guideline is 3 lbs. per person of crawfish. Your pot needs to hold two quarts of liquid for every pound of crawfish you’re boiling. Plus, you’ll also need a very large burner to cook them on.
Now, for the crawfish. Your local seafood supplier may have them, or you can order some online. Live crawfish should be similar in size, so they all take the same amount of time to cook. Additionally, they should be fairly clean. Reputable dealers purge crawfish to clean off the excess mud, debris and eliminate waste in the intestines.
Once you get your live crawfish, you do need to give them a rinse. After all, they earned the nickname “mudbugs” for a reason. Open the sack and submerge it in freshwater. Remove any dead ones that float to the top. Lobsters and crawfish should be cooked alive.
Don’t overcook your crawfish! This makes them harder to peel and the crawfish meat falls apart. On the other hand, if the tail meat texture is rubbery, you haven’t cooked your crawfish enough. Perfectly cooked tail meat is firm without being tough or mushy.
A much easier solution is to order from Crazy Crab Seafood & Grill. We serve up the best seafood boils in the Piedmont Triad area. If you’ve got a hungering for crawfish or some other type of seafood, we can satisfy your craving. No special equipment required!
Just What Is A Seafood Boil?
One of the best ways to serve crawfish is in a boil. It’s a one pot meal consisting of corn on the cob, potatoes, sausages, and of course seafood. Boils may include lobster, clams, crab, mussels, and of course crawfish. Spices may vary but Cajun seasonings, like cumin, coriander, and paprika are popular.
Our seafood boils are the best in the Triad! Begin by choosing one of our seafood combinations. We have 7 different choices. Or build your own with all your favorites. Choose from oysters, lobsters, King, Blue, Dungeness, or Snow crab legs, shrimp, black or green mussels, clams, or crawfish. Dining on these boils is fun for everyone…dig in and get messy!
All of our boils come with corn on the cob and potatoes. For a nominal additional charge, you can add sausages, eggs, or extra corn and potatoes. Next, choose your flavor. We have Cajun, garlic, and lemon pepper. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we’ll mix up all three.
Finally, choose your spice level. While some of you enjoy it hot, others may prefer mild or no spice at all. We understand and will cook up your boil to suit your taste. Then, we cook your unique ingredients to perfection. Every boil is a custom dish, made just for your unique taste buds!
And now, we offer our all new Crazy Crab feast! Serving 4-6 hungry people, our feast has 10 lbs. of succulent seafood to enjoy! Just like our individual boils, our feast includes corn on the cob, potatoes, and your choice of sauce. It includes 3 lbs. of both shrimp and Snow crab plus 2 lbs. of both crawfish and King crab. What’s more, you can serve a delectable, finger-licking meal by just placing your order with us.
Do You Serve Other Types of Seafood Dishes?
As with many other seafood restaurants, we also serve several types of fried platters. To make sure our fried foods are the best, we studied many techniques. Frying seafood requires the use of the right oil, correct cooking temperature, and correct cooking time. Choosing the wrong oil can result in greasy fish. Additionally, some oils can impart their flavor on the delicate taste of fish. Cook it too long, and you’ll have tough leathery fish. And not frying it correctly will leave you with a soggy crust.
We’ve perfected the art of juicy, tender, fried fish. All of our fried platters are crunchy, never soggy. Order one of our fried dishes such as whiting strips, catfish strips, fried oysters, or popcorn shrimp. You won’t be disappointed.
Plus, we have salmon, either grilled or blackened depending on your taste. And of course, we serve crunchy crab cakes made with Blue crab. Be sure to check our online menu as our meal offerings differ by our location.
Can I Get Bargain-Priced Seafood?
Typically, if you see low-cost seafood, it probably isn’t very good. Unfortunately, industrially grown, imported seafood is cheap. This is an inferior quality reflected not only in the price, but the taste as well. Wild caught fish are subject to more changes in their environment which affects their supply. As we all know, supply affects pricing.
Furthermore, storage varies according to the type of seafood. For example, after catching fish, fishermen can flash freeze most types of fish within minutes of catching them.
Also, there’s the preparation involved in a delicious seafood meal. Overcooked fish or shellfish is tough and leathery. Incorrect cooking techniques can leave your seafood mushy and falling apart. Chefs with years of experience can cook it perfectly for a tasty, finger-licking meal.
Are you willing to pay a lower price for a less than memorable meal? A dish that may fill your belly but leave you longing for savory food? Leave the cooking to us! We use only the best quality fish for optimal flavor, combined with years of experience in preparing the perfect seafood dishes.
Plus, we make it easy for our guests with our user-friendly online ordering and door-to-door delivery through DoorDash. Whether you need delivery, curbside pickup, takeout or dine-in, our service is friendly, easy, and of course delicious.
What If I Don’t Like Seafood?
While we are crazy about seafood, we understand that not everyone loves it. We want to serve your whole family and not just the seafood lovers. That’s why we offer other menu items such as chicken wings, tenders, and hamburgers.
Great tasting chicken wings start with fresh meat. Freezing chicken causes small, but detectable changes in eating quality. Our wings are always fresh, never frozen. Choose from 6, 12, or 18 pieces, depending on your appetite. Plus, we can bread them, grill them, or serve them naked. Perhaps you prefer your chicken off the bone? How about some crispy moist fried chicken tenders?
Maybe you’re more of a beef lover. How about a nice thick, juicy hamburger? Our menu includes several different kinds from the classic to the more exotic like our black and bleu burger. We serve all our burgers with lettuce and tomato and a side of our crispy French fries.
When Looking for A Great Seafood Meal, Give Us A Call
Enjoying a great tasty seafood meal doesn’t have to be difficult. If you have a craving for delicious seafood, we offer the freshest seafood prepared in tasty dishes. Our menu is the result of a 15-year effort of traveling from New Orleans, through the south to the coastal regions of the Carolinas. We picked out favorite recipes and perfected them in our kitchen. The result is a truly memorable meal your whole family will love.
In addition, we can cater your next event! Whether you’re planning a wedding, shower, birthday party, or corporate event, let us handle the details. You can hold your event at our Big Tree Way location, or we can deliver to any location you choose. Call us today at 336-315-5351 to discuss your event and get a quote.
Plus, we have a loyalty program to give you rewards for returning for future meals. Sign up and receive 10% off any item. Then earn points for every dollar you spend. We offer double point days for faster rewards as well as games for special prizes. And when your birthday arrives, we’ll give you one of our delectable desserts for free.