Crawfish

Crawfish, also known as crayfish, crawdads or mudbugs to some visitors, are freshwater crustaceans found in the swamps and marshes of south Louisiana.

Crawfish have become as much a staple of Cajun & Creole culinary culture as the accordion or fiddle is to our music. What once was a food for the poor is now a coveted treasure that people wait in anticipation for all year long.

Crawfish season differs from year to year depending on the weather conditions, but the true season typically lasts from December to June with March, April and May being the peak months.

While there is certainly more than one way to prepare crawfish, the easiest and most popular is to boil them. This is done much like you would boil any other seafood like shrimp or crab with the addition of seasoning and vegetables like corn and potatoes to the water for flavor. The crawfish are dropped in boiling water for about seven minutes before the heat is turned off and they sit in the flavored water anywhere from five to ten minutes.

Another mainstay in Cajun cooking when it comes to crawfish is étouffée, which roughly translated means smothered. The dish starts off with a light blonde roux then the Cajun trinity (onions, bell peppers and celery) is added and smothered with the peeled crawfish tails.

No matter what name you call them by-crawfish, crayfish, crawdads or mudbugs-we’re serving them up all season long. See below for a list of local restaurants serving up boiled crawfish, crawish étouffée and any other combination or crawfish you can think of. Don't see your favorite places to eat crawfish? Let us know by clicking here.

Acadiana's Crawfish Express
106 Roselawn Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 984-4545

Big John’s Seafood Patio
3630 Broadview Drive
Erath, LA 70533
337) 937-8355

Cajun Claws
1928 Charity St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 893-9437

Chez Francois Seafood
139 Tissington St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 234-8001

Chiasson's Corner Mart 
100 E. Pont Des Mouton Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70507
(337) 232-6617

Clawdaddy's
1704 Amb. Caffery Pkwy.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 989-8270

Copeland's of New Orleans
3920 Amb. Caffery Pkwy.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 991-0320

Crawfish Hole
510 Verot School Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 806-9665

Louisiana Crawfish Time
320 Ridge Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 988-2645

Crawfish Time Inc
2019 Verot School Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 236-6129

Crawfish Time on Ridge 
114 Ridge Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 216-9955

Crawfish Town USA
2815 Grand Point Hwy.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
(337) 667-6148

Dax on Verot
2832 Verot School Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 233-0329

Don's Seafood & Steakhouse
301 East Vermilion St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-3551

Don's Seafood Hut
4309 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 981-1141

Dwight's
4800 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 984-3706

Fezzo's
720 South Frontage Road
Scott, LA 70583
(337) 261-2464

Fruit Stand
200 West Mills Ave.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
(337) 332-4636

Gator Cove
2601 SE Evangeline Thwy.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 264-1373

Crazy Bout Crawfish
1905 Ress St.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
(337) 332-3071

Grand Daddy’s Crawfish
2725 West Willow St.
Scott, LA 70583
(337) 265-3770

Hawks Crawfish
415 Hawks Rd.
Rayne, LA 70578
(337) 788-3266

Hook & Boil
209 North Morgan Ave.
Broussard, LA 70518
(337) 330-8443

John E's Sports Bar & Restaurant
610 East Kaliste Saloom Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 234-4647

K D Seafood
1227 North University Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 504-4775

Krazy Klaws
3221 West Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 534-0400

L A Seafood
1414 Moss St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 234-0300

Lagneaux's
445 Ridge Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 984-1415

Landry's Seafood
2942 Grand Pointe Hwy.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
(337) 667-6116

McGee's Landing Café & Bar
1337 Henderson Levee Rd.
Henderson, LA 70517
(337) 228-2384

Mudbugs Express
3905 Verot School Rd.
Youngsville, LA 70592
(337) 856-9181

Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant
325 West Mills Ave.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
(337) 332-4648

R&M's Boiling Point
6308 Hwy. 90 West
 New Iberia, LA 70560
(337) 365-7596

Randol's Seafood Restaurant
2320 Kaliste Saloom Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 981-7080

Rouses's
601 Bertrand Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 889-0045

Straws & Claws
705 Robley Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 216-0333

T-Bob's
302 South Saint Antoine St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 233-9302

The Crawfish Pot
817 Foreman Dr.
Lafayette, L A70506
(337) 981-1114