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-Lafayette, LA is serving them up all season long. See below for a list of Lafayette, LA 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.