Real Fresh, Real Delicious: Crawfish Boil

17 Pro Tips, Creative Fixins, Nutritional Fun Facts & More

 
Crawfish season is here! I love that a crawfish boil brings people together in an old-fashioned "food ritual” where everyone participates in the cooking before joining together to eat. The community part of it is almost as much fun as the eating!
 
My husband is from south Louisiana, and he can work through a pile of crawfish in short order. PRO TIP: For veteran crawfish eaters, plan for 4-5 pounds of live crawfish per person. For crawfish-eating amateurs, estimated 2-3 pounds and have plenty of fixins for filling tummies. 
 
A graphic feature with a blue-brick background as well as crawfish and fixins pictured in the corners. The text reads "Live Louisiana Crawfish. Bring on the boil!"
See your local Brookshire Brothers about ordering live Louisiana crawfish!
 
While eating crawfish is mostly about having fun, they're pretty nutritious too! DID YOU KNOW these little critters are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals? Specifically, mudbugs provide B vitamins, folate, vitamin E, and other minerals such as selenium (an antioxidant mineral).
 
Getting creative with the “fixins” can be a wonderful way to make the meal more filling, delicious, colorful, and nutritious. The boiling liquid makes a tasty “stock” that can be used to flavorfully cook a variety of sides. Mesh bags are available for keeping veggies and other sides separated from the crawfish in the boil. Some pros use frozen corn to help cool the water down and allow the crawfish to cook gently.
 
Need some inspiration for the fixins? Try some of these options for a fun and festive crawfish feast. Just remember to add sturdier sides with potatoes at the beginning of the boil and add more delicate veggies later in the cooking process.
 A southern crawfish boil with potatoes, sausage, corn, and other fixins in a large pot.
    • Sausage, especially smoked or andouille varieties
    • Potatoes
    • Garlic bulbs, cut in half
    • Corn on the cob
    • Onions, sliced in half
    • Celery
    • Lemons, cut in half
    • Asparagus
    • Mushrooms
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cauliflower
    • Broccoli
    • Fresh green beans
    • Carrots
Don't forget to check your weekly ad or the latest digital coupons for extra savings on ingredients & more!
 
Let the good times roll! Or, as the Louisiana French migh say "Laissez les bons temps rouler!"
 

First crawfish boil? Here is everything you need to know!

 
Cooking crawfish is an art with many questions: How long do you boil crawfish? How much water do you need? How many pounds of crawfish do you need per person? We're here to help with this guide featuring the Nothing to Mix – Just Pour and Boil recipe from our vendor partner Louisiana Fish FryWith just the right amount of the finest garlic, onion, paprika, and lemon, this powdered boil guarantees a perfect result every time.
 
Before you begin, keep your crawfish fresh in a cooler full of ice. When you're ready to start cooking, rinse them with fresh water.
 
A 16oz packet of Louisiana Fish Fry Crawfish, Shrimp, & Crab Boil SeasoningDIRECTIONS
  • Fill a large pot with enough water to cover seafood. We recommend cooking (and eating) outside using a 19-quart stockpot with an interior basket; alternatively, you can cook smaller batches on the stovetop instead.
  • Add LA Fish Fry Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil and any other fixins. Stir well and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Add crawfish. Return to a rolling boil, and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Turn fire or stove off and let the crawfish soak for 15-25 minutes. NOTE: The longer seafood soaks, the spicier it will be.
  • Serve drained crawfish & fixins over a large table covered in newspapers. Keep paper towels handy and use an extra plate or bucket to dispose of the shells.
Visit your local Brookshire Brothers to get cookin' today! 
 

 

Angela Larson

Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 

 
Create A Fast Feast With Fish
There is nothing better than a good old fish fry. They bring together friends, family and most of all community. At Brookshire Brothers, we love our community and have put together these recipes for this time-honored season of fish frys and lent. BONUS: Keep reading to find out how you can get most of your fish fry ingredients for FREE with our latest Fast Feast!
Fish filet's and french fries on a plate with cutlery and napkins

Crispy Fish With Louisiana Fish Fry

*Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner Louisiana Fish Fry
 
Ingredients
    • 3 or 4 lbs of fish or seafood
    • 10 oz of Louisiana Fish Fry
Directions
    • Rinse fish well in ice cold water. Shake off excess water
    • Roll fish in LA Fish Fry Seafood Breading Mix until coated
    • Deep Fry at 350ºF until internal temperature is 145ºF and until golden brown
* Also good on oysters, shrimp, and vegetables.
Bowl of Honey-Mustard Coleslaw with Apples

 

Honey-Mustard Coleslaw With Apples

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 15 min | Yield: 12 servings 
 
*Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner Pilsbury
 
Ingredients
    • 1 bag (16 oz) coleslaw mix (8 cups)
    • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (8 medium)
    • 2 medium apples, cored and cut into matchstick pieces
    • 1 cup light honey-mustard dressing
Directions
    • In large bowl, toss all ingredients.
    • Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving.
Dilled Cucumber and Tomato Salad In A Bowl
 

Dilled Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 1 hr 15 min | Yield: 8 servings 
 
 *Recipe courtesy of our vendor partner Pilsbury
 
 Ingredients
    • 4 medium tomatoes, each cut into 8 wedges (about 3 cups)
    • 2 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
    • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
    • 4 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
    • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
 Directions
    • In large glass serving bowl, mix tomatoes, cucumbers and onion.
    • In small bowl, mix all remaining ingredients until blended.
    • Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables; toss to mix.
    • Cover; refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.
    • Toss again just before serving. Serve with slotted spoon.
 
 
But wait, there's MORE!!  
We've prepared a feast of savings perfect to pair with these delicious dishes—don't miss out!
Fast Feast Featuring Fish
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Fast Feast: Buy 1, CHOOSE ANY 4 FREE

March 6 through March 19, 2019
When you buy $15 of Fish or Seafood, you can choose any four of these foods FREE. **NOTE: You can mix and match, or you can get four of the same free item. It's whatever combination you prefer!**
1 - Food Club Ketchup (20 oz)
1 - Food Club Vegetable Oil (48 oz)
1 - Food Club Cooking Spray (6-8 oz)
1 - Louisiana Fish Fry (8.5-10 oz)
1 -Louisiana Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil (16 oz)
1 - Food Club French Fries (24-32 oz)
 
Save fast and feast big TODAY—find a store near you. Can't find one of these items? Talk to your local store director!