Is Crawfish Healthy? Easy Healthy Crawfish Recipes and Crawfish Nutrition

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Is Crawfish Healthy To Eat?  What Are the Crawfish Nutrition Facts?

I specialize in healthy crawfish recipes and I can’t wait to share my Louisiana easy crawfish recipes with you. Often, I get asked is crawfish healthy to eat? Well, the proof is in the crawfish nutrition facts!  So, let’s start with nutrition. First, all my cookbooks are about healthy easy recipes.  My Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook features so many healthy Cajun recipes and easy Louisiana recipes!  Yes, I have a healthy Crawfish Etouffee recipe and healthy Crawfish Fettuccine.  My best Crawfish Cakes recipe is off the charts! My goal is to give you the best healthy Cajun recipes and there’s so many samples on my healthy food blog.  Visit my Louisiana Crawfish Blog for more healthy easy recipes. I even created my most POPULAR King Cake with Crawfish Stuffing that went viral it was soooo good!!
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Scoop on Crawfish Nutrition Facts with My Easy Crawfish Recipes

Is Crawfish healthy to eat?  A staple of southern cuisine, crawfish are packed with so many health benefits making them an easy option for a healthy diet. They are an excellent source of high quality protein and they are low in fat and saturated fat.  They are also a good source of B12, niacin, iron, copper and selenium.  Best of all, Louisiana’s favorite crustacean is low in calories and cholesterol.  A 3-ounce serving of cooked crawfish contains 70 calories and 14 grams of protein.  The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend including more seafood into your diet so crawfish makes a great healthy choice. “Did you know that ounce for ounce, boiled crawfish tails have nearly half the calories of roasted, skinless chicken breast?” says dietitian Molly Kimball.

SHOP My Favorite Kid’s Crawfish Boil Set

Of course, you need my Gulf Coast Cookbook for all the healthy Louisiana recipes.  But, one of my favorite gifts I bought the grand-kids was the children’s crawfish boil set.  SO CUTE AND WELL MADE!!  They have had so much fun with it.  I know lots of people pick up their boiled crawfish which is fine because you do need the right equipment to boil it at your house.  MY TOP CHOICES!

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Tis the Crawfish Season

What about this popular season and is crawfish healthy? Crawfish are found in all the southern U.S. states in warm waters during the warm weather season but Louisiana is by far the largest producer of crawfish.  Louisiana produces 90% of crawfish in the United States.  The Louisiana Crawfish season is from late February to mid-May with this time of year the peak season.  Family gatherings and fun parties center around a good crawfish boil.  A one-pot meal with seasoned crawfish, potatoes, corn and boost nutrition with whatever vegetables you want to toss in. Crawfish boils are a popular gastronomical meal perfect for casual entertaining. Figure 3-5 pounds live crawfish for a typical south Louisiana crawfish boil.  Grab a roll of paper towels and cover the table with newspaper and your tablescape is done!

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Cooking Tips for Easy Crawfish Recipes

  • Purchase bags of Louisiana crawfish tails when in season and freeze for recipes year round.
  • Crawfish tails are already cooked so may be used in salads or heated recipes.
  • Substitute crawfish in any seafood recipe.

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Healthy Crawfish Recipes!

I have so many healthy easy Louisiana recipes. Is crawfish healthy?  In fact, many of my recipes are also easy diabetic recipes!  I want to prove you can have great tasting Cajun healthy recipes.  Here’s my diabetic best Crawfish Cakes recipe from my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook.  This Louisiana cookbook has the best recipes ever and easy crawfish recipes!! My healthy Crawfish Dip I have been making since my catering days. I believe in eating healthy and I promise you won’t be able to taste the difference in my Louisiana recipes.  However, it is so much better for you. Start healthy cooking with me and enjoy all our Louisiana healthy Cajun recipes.

Best Crawfish Cakes with Horseradish Sauce from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC® Gulf Coast Favorites

Move over crab cakes—crawfish adds a new slant to an old classic. Outrageously delicious and diabetic-friendly! I make my best crawfish cakes recipe ahead of time and refrigerate.  Or, they also freeze well.

Makes 8 crawfish cakes

1 cup saltine cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup shredded, reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
1 pound Louisiana crawfish tails, rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
Horseradish Sauce (recipe follows)

1. In medium bowl, carefully combine all ingredients except oil and flour.
2. Cover and chill 30 minutes, if time permits. Shape into 8 patties.
3. In large nonstick skillet, heat oil. Lightly dust patties with flour, and cook over medium heat for 3–5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
4. Serve with Horseradish Sauce.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 149, Calories from fat (%) 6, Fat (g) 6, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 81, Sodium (mg) 278, Carbohydrate (g) 10, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Sugars (g) 1, Protein (g) 12 Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 2 lean meat

Horseradish Sauce

Quick and easy, this sauce has bite.

1/4 cup nonfat sour cream
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
Pinch sugar

1. In bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 22, Calories from fat (%) 50, Fat (g) 6, Saturated Fat (g) 0, Cholesterol (mg) 0, Sodium (mg) 48, Carbohydrate (g) 2, Dietary Fiber (g) 0, Sugars (g) 1, Protein (g) 1 Diabetic Exchanges: Free

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Where To Find Louisiana Crawfish?

If you need help locating live crawfish, here’s the site to find out everything you need to know.  I love creating simile healthy recipes so truly I am always more interested in the tails.  When crawfish are in season, look for Louisiana crawfish tails and freeze.  Then, you can prepare recipes year round! My Louisiana cookbook is filled with southern and regional Cajun dishes. Most importantly, all the recipes are easy!

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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday 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 ADA. 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 and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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