Preparing Crayfish


Crayfish Prep

Because crayfish, like all fish, are highly perishable, it's good to follow three rules when preparing them:

  • Use only live, freshly caught crayfish from clean water.
  • Kill crayfish instantly by dropping into boiling water.
  • Keep crayfish chilled until used.

Serving Size

The amount of crayfish needed for a serving varies according to the size and variety captured.

  • As a general rule only, 12 medium-sized crayfish (6 to 7 inches long) are sufficient for one serving.
  • One pound of crayfish, live weight, is equal to one cup of meat, using tails and claws.
  • One cup of crawfish meat will usually serve from two to six, depending on the recipe and amount of other ingredients.