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Crawfish in Tyler and Texas

Big, juicy boiled Texas Crawfish in TylerHot, spicy crawfish, potatoes and corn ... boiled to perfection!
(Photograph by the author)

Some folks call 'em crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, but here in Texas they are simply CRAWFISH, whether they are swamp crawfish, spillway crawfish, or pond crawfish.

We've been catching crawfish all our life, and love the tradition of a long, leisurely crawfish boil in spring!

Crawfish are healthy food. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein, low in calories, fat and saturated fat, and a good source of vitamins.

Where to Buy Crawfish in the Tyler Area

Several Tyler restaurants offer crawfish meals, and boiled crawfish. Also, some supermarkets such as Brookshires offer boiled crawfish by the pound in season.

A number of seafood markets and outlets offer live crawfish for sale in Tyler and East Texas during the crawfish season in the spring.

Where ever you plan to purchase your live crawfish, always call ahead
for information, pricing, availability, and possible reservations.

In the spring of 2014, we are purchasing our live crawfish from Wade's Place on East Main Street in Chandler. We've met Wade, and he runs a great seafood restaurant also, serving crawfish, shrimp, fish, gumbo, hand-cut rib-eye steaks, burgers, salads and much more. Phone 903.849.2729.

We've also been pleased with the live crawfish we've purchased by the sack from Rodney Murphy's Circle M Crawfish in Big Sandy, on Highway 155 just south of U.S. 80. Rodney has been selling crawfish for over 18 years. The facility is also known as "Rodney's", or "the Crawfish Stand". Rodney also operates a restaurant, and its menu includes crawfish, shrimp, alligator, boudin, along with choice steaks and other items. Live music is often featured Thursday-Saturday evenings with a family friendly atmosphere.

Caddo Creek Crawfish Farm is a 63-acre facility near Frankston. Customers can call no later than Wednesday or Thursday to order how many crawfish they want that weekend and pick them up on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. It is located at 2189 County Road 320 in Frankston. Call Mr. Yeager at 903.876.3083 for details and more information.

Order Live Crawfish Online

And today you can order live crawfish online from a number of crawfish farmers and retailers in Louisiana and Texas, and shipped nationwide overnight.

With the advent of the Internet, and shippers such as FedEx, crawfish lovers everywhere can enjoy fresh crawfish delivered to their door at home, or their nearest airport!

Other Crawfish Suppliers in Texas

There are a number of crawfish outlets, seafood markets, crawfish farms and caterers selling live and boiled crawfish in Texas, from Beaumont to Houston to Dallas, and in between. Some offer local delivery, while others provide delivery only in designated metropolitan areas. And some offer pickup only.

NOTE: We have no relationship with these suppliers, and do not specifically recommend any one. Their names are provided only as a reference point to begin your crawfish shopping!

There are too many vendors to list, but here are a few to start your crawfish search. We highly recommend you check out each supplier carefully, and contact them personally, to determine their current services, pricing, policies, and guarantees before placing orders.

  • TheCrawfishCompany.com - The Crawfish Company, located in the Houston area. Pickup at metro area locations, and FedEx shipping.
  • TexasCrawfish.com - Southeast Texas Crawfish Farm, located in Hamshire, TX, about 20 miles southwest of Beaumont. Pickup only.
  • CajunCrawfishCo.com - Cajun Crawfish Company, Lewisville-Dallas area. Catering and local sales in the metro area.
  • TexasLiveCrawfish.com - Texas Live Crawfish, Houston and Dallas (Denton) offices and phone numbers. Supplies from Louisiana and Texas crawfish farms.
  • CrawfishTX.com - Critter Runners, Crosby, TX, northeast of Houston. Pickup and delivery.

Ordering Live Crawfish Online from Louisiana-Based Crawfish Outlets

A large number of crawfish outlets, farms and suppliers are located in Louisiana, both for local pickup and online ordering. Listed below is a sample of long-standing dealers offering online crawfish ordering:

Enjoying and Eating Crawfish Meals

Texas Size Crawfish ... plump and ready for boiling!Fresh, live Texas Crawfish!
(Photograph by the author)

Crawfish is a key ingredient in many of our favorite dishes and meals ... Crawfish Etouffee, Crawfish Bisque, Crawfish Pie, Fried Crawfish, Crawfish Jambalaya, and of course boiled crawfish.

Crawfish Season in Texas

Crawfish season varies from one year to the next, based on how cold (or mild) the weather was during the winter. It also depends on the amount of rain, and the water levels in the swamps and bayous.

Generally, the crawfish season in Texas runs from January through July for crawfish caught in the wild. Crawfish from farms are available over a longer period of the year.

2014 Crawfish Festivals in Texas

Event
Location
Dates
Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
Spring, Texas
April 25-27, and
May 2-4, 2014
The Louisiana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival
Austin, Texas
April 12, 2014
Pearland Crawfish Festival
Pearland, Texas
April 4-6, 2014
Kemah Crawfish Festival
Kemah, Texas
March 21-23, 2014
The 10th Anniversary Creole Heritage Zydeco & Crawfish Festival
Baytown, Texas
April 25-26, 2014
Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
Fredericksburg, Texas
May 23-25, 2014
Lonestar Crawfish Festival
Austin, Texas
April 26, 2014
The Crosby Crawfish and Zydeco Festival
Crosby, Texas
March 14-16, 2014

Crawfishing Industry

Giant Texas crawfish backing away from the boilDon't back away from the boil!
(Photograph by the author)

Nearly all of the live crawfish sold in the U.S. come from Louisiana, and begin life in the wild waters of the state, or on a farm. Commercial sales of crawfish in Louisiana date back to the late 1800s, and today's crawfish industry includes millions of pounds harvested from farms and natural waterways in the Bayou State.

Texas also has significant numbers and acres of crawfish farms, with many located in Southeast Texas.

There is stiff competition from "foreign" importers, but we steadfastly do not purchase imported crawfish: read the label carefully for the "Country of Origin" and see where they are from!

The harvesting of wild crawfish from natural habitats such as bayous, swamps and marshes provides a significant number of jobs for Louisiana and Texas residents. In addition, crawfish farming is a major industry in Louisiana and Texas.

Photos of Texas Crawfish and Texas Crawfish Boils
(all photos by the author)

Let's start with our sack of live Texas crawfish ... usually 30-40 pounds
Sack of live crawfish

Gather up the ingredients: shrimp & crab boil, cayenne pepper, black pepper ...
Gather up the ingredients: shrimp & crab boil, cayenne pepper, black pepper ...

Get the onions, potatoes, corn on the cob, and lemons ready to boil
Get the onions, potatoes, corn on the cob, and lemons ready to boil
Texas Size Crawfish ... plump and ready for boiling!
Texas Size Crawfish ... plump and ready for boiling!
How to hold a crawfish ... carefully behind the head!
How to hold a crawfish ... carefully behind the head!
Filling up the crawfish pot with water ... let's get the boil underway
Start with about 50 pounds of live Crawfish, add salt, corn on the cob, new potatoes, whole onions, lemons, Zatarain's Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil, red pepper, black pepper, garlic cloves ... make the hot sauce, warm up the buttered French bread, add cold beer, and share with good friends! Filling up the crawfish pot with water ... let's get the boil underway
Which crawfish is bigger? Which crawfish is bigger?
Giant Texas crawfish backing away from the boil
Giant Texas crawfish backing away from the boil
Boiled, red crawfish, fresh out of the boiling pot
Boiled, red crawfish, fresh out of the boiling pot
Boiled crawfish ... ready to enjoy!
Boiled crawfish ... ready to enjoy!
Crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes ... let's get peeling!
Crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes ... let's get peeling!
Get out the paper towels ... we've got serious eating to do!
Get out the paper towels ... we've got serious eating to do!


A Recipe for Boiling Crawfish

There are dozens, or hundreds, of recipes for boiling crawfish. Click here to view our recipe for the perfect crawfish boil.


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