Crawfish in Texas


Big, juicy boiled Texas Crawfish

Hot, spicy Texas 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.

We're looking forward to another great crawfish season in Texas in 2020!

Crawfish Suppliers in Texas

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 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.

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, FedEx shipping and catering.
  • TexasCrawfish.com - Southeast Texas Crawfish Farm, located in Hamshire, TX, about 20 miles southwest of Beaumont. Call 409.794.1377 to place an order. Pickup only.
  • CajunCrawfishCo.com - Cajun Crawfish Company, Lewisville-Dallas area. Catering and local sales in the DFW metro area. Been in business over 19 years, and sold over 146,000 pounds of crawfish in 2017.
  • CrawfishTX.com - Critter Runners, Crosby, TX, northeast of Houston. Fresh Live Louisiana Crawfish brought in daily to Houston and shipped nationwide via Southwest Airlines. Deliver live crawfish to Houston area business or customer pickup at their facility in Crosby.
  • DoubleMWholesale Seafood.com - Live crawfish in season, frozen shrimp, catfish and more. Currently Double M Wholesale delivers from Nacodogches to Longview and up into Rockwall Area. Businesses and individuals can order with a minimum purchase as long as the quantity is available. Located at County Road 4802, Troup, Texas, 75789. Phone 903.371.7403
  • CajunGourmetCrawfish.com - Cajun Gourmet Crawfish Wholesaler. Selling live Louisiana crawfish to Houston and the surrounding areas since 1989.
  • HEB.com - HEB sells millions of pounds of Louisiana crawfish each year.
  • GoCrawfish.com - Houston and Austin areas. They bring the freshest crawfish and seafood in Louisiana and deliver it to their customers.
  • TexasCrawfishSupply.com - Delivery of live crawfish in the Houston, San Antonio and Austin areas. Their crawfish ranches are located in the Anahuac and Winnie areas.
  • CayenneKevin.com - Cajun catering and live crawfish sales in San Antonio for 15 years.
  • 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. Call 409.794.1377 to place an order. Pickup only.
  • CajunCrawfishCo.com - Cajun Crawfish Company, Lewisville-Dallas area. Catering and local sales in the metro area.
  • CrawfishTX.com - Critter Runners, Crosby, TX, northeast of Houston. Pickup and delivery
  • DoubleMWholesale Seafood.com - Live crawfish in season, frozen shrimp, catfish and more. Currently Double M Wholesale delivers from Nacodogches to Longview and up into Rockwall Area. Businesses and individuals can order with a minimum purchase as long as the quantity is available. Located at County Road 4802, Troup, Texas, 75789. Phone 903.371.7403

Where to Buy Crawfish in the Tyler Area

Several Tyler restaurants such as Razzoo's Cajun Cafe' and the Boiling Catch offer crawfish meals, and boiled crawfish, in season. Also, some supermarkets such as Brookshires offer boiled crawfish by the pound in season.

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

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

The last five years we have purchased our live, and boiled, 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. They are located at the railroad tracks just a block south of Highway 31. We've dined there are recently as last summer, and it is highly recommended for great food, friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere.

Included with the boiled crawfish at Wade's were boiled potatoes and corn on the cob. Phone 903.849.2729.

 

We've also been pleased with the live crawfish we've purchased by the sack from Circle M Crawfish in Big Sandy, on Highway 155 just south of U.S. 80. They've been selling crawfish for over 22 years. The facility is also known as "Rodney's", or "the Crawfish Stand". The facility includes a restaurant, and its menu features crawfish, shrimp, alligator, boudin, along with choice steaks and other items. Live music is often featured Thursday-Saturday evenings with a family friendly atmosphere. Phone 903.636.9199.

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!

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Concern over the spread of the Corona virus has resulted in cancellation of many festivals and events.

Events are always subject to change. We recommended you contact the responsible event sponsor to confirm dates, times and other details.

 

2020 Crawfish Festivals in Texas

Festival City Date

Austin Crawfish Festival
Downtown Austin
3:00pm - 9:00pm

The Austin Crawfish Festival is a celebration of two major industries in Texas: crawfish and beer!

This massive crawfish festival brings over 10,000 pounds of fresh, Louisiana grown crawfish to Central Texas. Festival attendees will enjoy tasting crawfish prepared in every imaginable way—fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs, along with other Cajun favorites (shrimp, crab, gumbo, red beans and rice).

Also featured will be some of Texas' biggest beer and wine vendors!

Website and Facebook

Austin, Texas April 4, 2020
Annual Lonestar Crawfish Festival
Sponsored by the Busby Foundation
Stubbs BBQ
801 Red River

Website
Austin, Texas Aoril 17, 2020

Annual Celina Cajun Fest
Historic Celina Downtown Square

This free-admission festival features a massive crawfish boil, great music, an alligator show and fabulous shopping!

Website

Celina, Texas April 18, 2020
Bernie's Famous Crawfish Boil
Del Mar College Foundation
5:30pm - 9:30pm
Concrete Street, Old Market Pavilion

Website
Corpus Christi, Texas TBA
Crawfish Festival
211 E. Pleasant Run Road
DeSoto Amphitheater
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Website
DeSoto, Texas June 6, 2020

5th Annual Crawfish and Cannons
10:30am - 4:30pm
Live crawfish boil, cannon firing on the hour, Bloody Mary bar, the official State of Texas Longhorn Herd, childrens activities, farmers market vendors, and live music!

The Goodnight-Loving Run will kick off day at 8am.

Website

Fort Belknap, Texas  (near Newcastle and Graham) April 11, 2020

2020 Crawfish Festival in the Heights
411 West 20th Street
10:30am - 6:00pm

Website

Heights, Texas March 7, 2020

31st Annual Community Family Fun Fest & Crawfish Boil
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Houston Heights

Houston Liederkranz, 5100 Ella Blvd
11:00am - 3:00pm

Free admission, live music, silent auction & raffle prizes, crawfish & shrimp plates, bouncy house and fun activities for the kids.

Website

Heights, Texas April 25, 2020
Houston Crawfish, Crab & Grill Festival
Crawfish, music and more
Hobby Event Center
9906 Gulf Freeway
2:00pm - 11:00pm

Website
Houston, Texas TBA

University of Houston Offshore Industry Crawfish Boil

1:00pm - 5:00pm
UH Campus, Lynn eusan Park

Website

Houston, Texas TBA

Hutto Crawfish Festival
Downtown, East & Farley Streets

Website

Hutto, Texas April 20, 2020

Annual Old Town Keller Crawfish Krawl

Great food, festive music and fun galore, from 10:00am to 9:00pm.

Attendance this year is expected to exceed 10,000 visitors. The event will take place on Olive and Pecan St in Old Town Keller.

Website

Keller, Texas April 18, 2020

Bigass Crawfish Bash
Gulf Greyhound Park
1000 FM 2004, La Marque, TX

BCBF, Inc. is a Texas non-profit corporation that works in partnership with local charities that benefit lives of veterans, children, and the disabled. This year donations will be made to Camp Hope, Texas Special Olympics, and local Education Foundations.

Scheduled events include the crawfish cooking competition, live music, Kid Zone, vendors market, Veterans VIP tent, food court and more!

The Greyhound Park is located one block West of I-45 South at Exit 15, 30 miles South of Houston and 15 miles North of Galveston in La Marque, Texas.

Website and Facebook

La Marque, Texas April 20, 2020
Lincoln VFD Crawfish Boil
Lincoln Community Hall
1015 Avendue D
5:30pm

Website
Lincoln, Texas TBA
Annual Llano Crawfish Open

Website
Llano, Texas April 17-18, 2020

Annual Mauriceville Crawfish Festival

Mauriceville is a small community situated between Beaumont and the Southwest Louisiana Border. The Texas Legislature has named Mauriceville the "Crawfish Capital of Texas".

The festival was founded in 1981 and features an awesome music line up, entertainment, creole cooking demos, a very competitive crawfish cookoff and and much more.

Held at the Mauriceville Crawfish Grounds, 7441 Cohenour Road, Orange, Texas 77632

Website and Facebook

Mauriceville, Texas May 1-2, 2020

29th Annual Rotary Crawfish Boil
14,000 lbs. of crawfish, Andouille Sausage, potatoes, corn plus live music from Cody Johnson, Roger Creager and the Powell Brothers.

Las Palmas Race Track

Website

McAllen, Texas April 24, 2020
Muenster Volunteer Fire Department Mudbug Bash
Last year the Bash served 10,200 lbs of crawfish, and is hoping to serve more in 2020. Live bands will perform as well. 

Facebook
Muenster, Texas May 30, 2020

Crawfest New Braunfels
Comal County Fairgrounds

Website
New Braunfels, Texas TBA

9th Annual Plantersville Crawfish Festival & Cook-off
11:00am

Facebook

Plantersville, Texas April 25, 2020

Annual Port O'Connor Crawfish Festival &  Cookoff
10:00am - 76:00pm
King Fisher Park

Cajun &  Zydeco Music by The Mudbugs, and Headliner Bri Bagwell. Lots of crawfish, food, beer, and craft vendors along with horse shoe tournament and crawfish eating contest.

Website

Port O'Connor, Texas April 25, 2020
Annual Crawfish Boil & Fish Fry
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Website
Rosenberg, Texas TBA
Crawfish Festival at Big Texas Fun
Retama Park

Website
Selma, Texas March 26-29, 2020
6th Annual Pedernales Fire Department Auxiliary Crawfish Boil
801 Bee Creek Road
Noon - 6:00pm or until the crawfish runs out

Website
Spicewood, Texas April 25, 2020
Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
Old Town Preservation Park

Website
Spring, Texas April 25-26, 2020

Ragin' Cajun All-You-Can-Eat Fundraiser
For the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council
1907 East Washington Street
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Will feature live music by Jay-B & The Zydeco Posse.

Phone 254.965.6190 for information and early-bird pricing for reserved tables


Website

Stephenville, Texas TBA
Woodlands CrawPHish Festival
Town Green Park
11:00am - 6:00pm

Website
The Woodlands, Texas TBA

Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off
Rob Fleming Park
6055 Creekside Forest Drive
Noon - 8:00pm

Set up begins at noon, cooking begins at 1:00 p.m., samples ready for judging 4:00 p.m., awards at 6:30 p.m., event ends at 8:00 p.m.

Teams of up to eight members are provided crawfish, ice, serving containers, a 10' x 10' tent, a table and chairs.

Website

The Woodlands, Texas TBA

Rails and Tails Mudbug Festival
The Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival is a day-long celebration of the tasty crawfish through music, food and fun at the historic downtown depot. Scheduled to perform are The Fab 5, Waylon Thibodeaux, John Evans, and Bayou Roux. Vendors, kids zone and more. Free admission and parking. Gates open at 11 a.m.

Website

Tomball, Texas TBA

Woodforest Crawfish Carnival
Christine Allen Nature Park
5831 Woodforest Parkway South

Noon to 5:00pm

Website

Woodforest, Texas TBA

 

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
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!


Southeast Texas Crawfish Farm Video

Nothing brings a Southeast Texas Family together like a good old fashioned crawfish boil. Here's a trip to Hampshire, Texas to met one farmer behind these tasty tails. (YouTube Video)

 

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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