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Old 03-11-2013, 05:38 PM   #1
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Crawfish Question for our southern Cooks

Here in New York State, crawfish isn't ready available here. I never can get them.
My question is Would shrimp be a good replacement ? Any suggestions.
I saw Paula Deen make these and want to try them.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:33 PM   #2
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No, not shrimp, generally. Crayfish (crawdads, etc.) is closer to lobster in flesh and flavor. They have that sweet flavor more like lobster. You should be able to find crayfish tails and tail meat frozen. (Won't be able to suck the heads, as Paula no doubt did.) And you can no doubt find them live in the City. The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market. Wild Edibles. Maybe in Chinatown, but try to stick to domestic farmed.

Now, if you have rock shrimp or large prawns, you can use them much the same way as whole crayfish with a difference in flavor.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:39 PM   #3
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I'd order them. I already did when I did a crawfish boil a year or two ago. Order yourself some alligator nuggets while you're at it. Good stuff.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:20 PM   #4
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I order a 40 lb sack once or twice a season. Make sure you get wild caught as pond raised suck. If you buy tail meat, make sure it comes from Breaux Bridge, LA. The Chinese produce some nasty crap they export. Stay away from that garbage.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:52 PM   #5
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Can you get longostinos? I'm not sure of the spelling, but sometimes in a nice big store, you con find them in the freezer section or seafood counter.

Crayfish would definitely work, but I've never seen any in any store.

Living in New Orleans, a couple of stores nearby often have peeled crawdads, fresh frozen available for a price. Those may be available online.
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Can you get longostinos? I'm not sure of the spelling, but sometimes in a nice big store, you con find them in the freezer section or seafood counter.

Crayfish would definitely work, but I've never seen any in any store.

Living in New Orleans, a couple of stores nearby often have peeled crawdads, fresh frozen available for a price. Those may be available online.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:21 AM   #7
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A few years ago, a friend commented that crayfish were digging up her back yard here along the IL/IA banks of the Mississippi. I also recall seeing crayfish in Lake of the Woods in Canada. I looked it up, and apparently even Northern crawdads are edible. Mudbugs is mudbugs, north or south. Who knew? I'm wondering if they might be closer than you think, Letscook.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:05 AM   #8
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Order them online. There's really nothing like eating a good crawdad boil and sucking the juice out of the heads which is arguably better than the tail meat.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:59 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone,
Im 40 miles west of Syracuse, so the NYC options are out. Yes were can get frozen langostinos, Crayfish/mudbugs are avaiable in creeks around here, but wouldn't want to eat them. I will order some . Thanks again to all
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:30 AM   #10
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You can order just the tails from the link I provided, which should work perfectly in your recipe. Too bad you weren't closer, we could split an order of live ones.
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