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Crayfish or Crawfish?

Kenneth, born and raised in the South, resides in Hamilton, Alabama. He enjoys sharing his unique perspectives on life through his writing.

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There Was Absolutely NO Harm That Came to The Crawfish in Writing and Producing of This Hub! (K.A.)

Crawfish can be somewhat mean if pushed too far.

Crawfish can be somewhat mean if pushed too far.

Crayfish, The Origin

Crayfish are fresh water crustaceans resembling small lobsters. In some parts of the United States, they have various names such as crawfish, craydids, crawdaddies, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs, or yabbies. I'd say that crayfish are so famous that they have this many names.

Obviously, these "critters" are found in many seafood restaurants across the nation and the crayfish have almost-numerous fans in this complex query: is it CRAY-fish or CRAW-fish? I'd like to know. To-MATO or To-MAY-to, let's call the whole thing off! That is what it amounts to. But do not try to convince fans of this fresh water crustacean that it is a snack food. No. Cray or Crawfish can and does make an entire meal by those who drive for miles to get to eat some of these delicious crawdaddies, just wanted to honor them by using one of their many names.

This is getting out of hand. Some days we have to decide. Our country is spread with Democrats and Republicans, so let's divide-up. You take the CRAY-fish and my team and I will take the CRAW-fish, we can have this huge crawfish boil and have one great time. We can eat until we pass out on "Mr. Lawson's" perfectly-manicured front lawn.

Crayfish can be cooked in an iron skillet.

Crayfish can be cooked in an iron skillet.

Time to Learn Something: Tip No. 1: How to Peel Crayfish:

⦁ Secure the crawfish on both sides of the tail joint. Thumbs should be on one side of the crawfish's shell and the index fingers need to be on the opposite side.
⦁ Now with a twisting movement, snap the head from the tail.
⦁ You can, but it's not required,: suck the yellow material, named as "crawfish butter," from the crawfish head.
⦁ Trash the head, using your thumbs, peel the shell from the widest part of the tail, the same way as you peel shrimp.
⦁ With one hand, hold the tail, pull the tail meat with your other hand. Enjoy!

You Hungry Yet? Tip No. 2: How to Boil or Cook Crayfish:

You can boil the crawfish and it is the easy way to cook the tiny crawfish to excellence of taste. Simply bring a large pot of water to boil, then stir in a package of mixed crawfish boil spices, which are available at most grocery stores. Add crawfish to the pot, boil the crawfish for 15 minutes. Heat needs to be turned down to simmer then cook the crawfish another 15 minutes. Be pateient! Add potatoes, corn, cut-up spicy sausages, to the boiling water when you add the crawfish for a w

It's Time to EAT!

It's Time to EAT!

Now For a Few Crucial Questions:

Q.) Will my friends think that I am a dork for eating crawfish?

A.) Some, yes. But overall, no. My advice is for you to grit your teeth, peel your crayfish if you are with friends in a favorite seafood restaurant and have fun. Maybe some of these throwing insults at you will become "Crawfish Lovers."

Q.) If I am a first-time crayfish eater and do not know how to peel or eat them, should I go ahead anyway knowing that my steady girlfriend, who is a pro crayfish eater, will take a dim view of my first-time to eat these delicious redbugs?

A.) So what if she does take a dim view of you being a first-time crayfish eater. Just remember, "there's a lot more crawfish in the river."

Q.) Do you think that I will be silly in buying myself some crayfish and giving them names and not eating them?

A.) Yes.

I Wish That I Was an Expert

on the care and feeding of crayfish and to be totally-respective, crawfish, but honestly, I am not. I recall that the very first crawfish that I ate, I messed-up terribly.

Family members around me at the table looked in amazement at how I was fumbling to peel these delicious crustaceans, and I am grateful that they loved me more than they laughed at me.

On the second trip to this seafood restaurant, I ordered the seafood buffet and when the many aluminum serving trays of crayfish were handed out . . .I stopped and looked for a moment, then walked on to pick-out a couple of fine, whole catfish.

No problem.

No peeling. No learning how to eat.

January 31, 2021 . . . .Happy 1st Day of February Came and Went! Wow!

This beauty in all of her glory.

This beauty in all of her glory.

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peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 06, 2021:

Honestly speaking I have never seen a real crayfish in my life. I had seen lobster but cannot afford to eat either, too expensive here.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on February 04, 2021:

I have heard of these before but I have never been to a place that serves them. Your guide to cooking and eating them is useful and interesting.

Travel Chef from Manila on February 04, 2021:

I already tried crayfish before. Good thing I was able to buy some at our local market. I wish I could find some here as well. I really enjoyed its taste but how I wish that each piece is as big as your picture so I can really enjoy it.

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