Ever attend a crawfish boil with some Bubba and wonder how many of the crawfish “facts” he’s spewing are actually facts? Lots of rumors surround the little mudbugs, but which are actually true? Razzoo’s Cajun Café is here to set the record straight with Mythbusters: The Crawfish Edition.
Myth 1: Clean Crawfish with Salt Before Boiling To Remove Impurities.
According to the LSU Ag Center, salt doesn’t do anything to help “purge the impurities” in crawfish. Soaking in cold water (be it fresh or salted) mainly just cleans the dirt off their exteriors and gills - which you want to do because, you know, dirty food is kind of gross. Be sure to separate out the ones that float to make sure they aren’t dead.
Myth 2: Crawfish are High in Fat
Wrong again. A nutritionist for the LSU Ag Center says that they are in fact low in fat, especially saturated fat. This myth is usually tied to the yellow/orange substance in the head and sometimes on the tail that many call “fat.” The stuff in the head is not fat, but is in fact an organ. (You’re welcome.)
Myth 3: Crawfish are Not Part of a Healthy Diet
That depends on how you cook ‘em! Crawfish are naturally low in fat and contain good omega-3 fatty acids. They are also rich in protein, iron, vitamin B12, and other minerals necessary for a healthy diet. So, assuming you’re not deep frying them and slathering them in tartar sauce, they’re really a very healthy meal.
Myth 4: Don’t Eat a Crawfish with a Straight Tail.
OK - this is where we differ with the “experts”. They tell us that straight tails are perfectly fine to eat; that it doesn’t mean that they were dead before cooking, just that they may have been crowded in the pot and were boiled that way. We’re not buying it. We’re sticking with what our Mama told us on this one and skipping the straight tails - and we’ll never serve them to you, either.
Myth 5: Crawfish eaters are better lovers.
This is not a myth at all and is, in fact, completely true. We’re not sure how it got on the list.
Myth 6: I Must Go to Louisiana for Fresh, Louisiana Crawfish.
Wrong! Razzoo’s Cajun Café has shipments of Louisiana crawfish arriving at least three times per week from our premium suppliers. Only the best crawfish in Texas, served with corn on the cob and spicy red potatoes for just $7.99/lb!