Louisiana Crawfish Season - Crazy for Crawfish

Louisiana Crawfish Season and My Easy Crawfish Recipes

crawfish cakes with Louisiana crawfish season

When is Louisiana Crawfish Season?

Louisiana Crawfish Season – we all look so forward to it!!! Crawdaddy, mudbug, crayfish, – however you name them – they are a staple in delicious Southern dishes. That’s why I am so excited and honored to be named the new spokesperson for the Louisiana Crawfish and Promotions Board! Though the  season is from late February to mid-May; I stock up on tails so now to keep in my freezer to enjoy in crawfish recipes like my Louisiana Crawfish Cakes from my Gulf Coast Favorites Cookbook:  30 Minute Recipes from my LOUISIANA KITCHEN all year long!



Louisiana Crawfish Season Facts

  • Louisiana accounts for 90 – 95 percent of the total U.S. production yearly.
  • In Louisiana, most crawfish is harvested between December- June with the peak season being March – May.
  • When it comes to crawfish – always ask before you eat!
    • COOL is the USDA’s mandatory country of origin labeling program.
    • Read the label VERY closely making sure the country of origin is USA and not just ‘Distributed” in the USA.
    • Often Chinese crawfish is labeled with Cajun sounding names; however under the USDA COOL program, these crawfish must be clearly labeled Product of China.
    • Ask before you eat! By choosing only Louisiana crawfish, not only are you supporting US agriculture but you are also buying a healthier food. Chinese crawfish may contain certain banned antibiotics strictly tested for in the US but not in China.
    • Crawfish averages 15% yield meat per pound; therefore it takes 6 – 7 pounds of live crawfish to get 1 pound of peeled tails.

My Favorite Crawfish Recipes During Louisiana Crawfish Season and All Year!

Louisiana Crawfish season crawfish fettuccine recipe

  • For meal reference: plan on 3-4 pounds of live crawfish per person per meal or 1 pound of tails per 3 people like in my trim and terrific Deluxe Crawfish Pizza and Louisiana Crawfish Fettuccine from Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook.
  • Crawfish are a great source of protein, as well as low in calories, fat, saturated fat and a good source of vitamins – including biotin, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, selenium, Vitamins A, B-6, and B-12.
  • After washing the fat content from crawfish tail meat, they only contain about 1% of the RDA or Recommended Daily Allowance.
  • During their molting process crawfish can regenerate lost limbs and claws.

Louisiana crawfish season crawfish etouffee

If you  like my easy, version of  Crawfish Etouffee  recipe which is also diabetic, then you can find more recipes and Louisiana crawfish season

Louisiana southern recipes in my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook.  If you’re a Cajun, Creole Louisiana fan and want healthier options for all your favorites, you can also get an autographed cookbook from my website with discount code GULF25 for 25% off!



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With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association.Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post.She consulted for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country.
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