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The Instacart guide to crayfish

About crayfish

Crayfish are a small crustacean found in freshwater that typically grow to between 3.5 and 7 inches in length. They look like small lobsters and are typically found in the southeastern United States, above all in Louisiana and Mississippi. They come in many colors, including red, sandy brown, blue, and pink. Only certain parts of the crayfish can be eaten, typically consisting of the tail and front claws, where most of the meat is found. Crayfish meat tastes similar to lobster meat but is more tender and slightly sweeter.

Crayfish may be sold fresh or frozen. You can buy them whole, which means the shell and claws will still be attached. Alternatively, some crayfish products only include the tail meat cut into portions. If you're buying whole crayfish, three pounds is usually enough for a single serving.

Crayfish are a great source of several nutrients. A portion of cooked crayfish meat weighing 85 grams includes the following nutrients:
  • Protein: 14.89 grams
  • Phosphorus: 205 milligrams
  • Iron: 0.94 gram
  • Vitamin B12: 2.64 grams
  • Copper: 0.94 milligram
  • Zinc: 1.26 milligrams
  • Vitamin B3: 1.41 milligrams
  • Selenium: 29.3 grams
Crayfish are also a good source of vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and various amino acids.

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FAQs About Crayfish

The shell of the crayfish is not edible. You can eat the meat from the tail, front claws, and other claws. There is disagreement about whether you can eat other body parts. Some people like to suck the yellow substance from the head, which is known as crayfish butter. In some cultures, the liver, which has a greenish color, is also considered a delicacy. However, many people prefer to avoid these parts of the crayfish when eating them.

One of the most popular ways to serve crayfish is with butter. After you've boiled or steamed the crayfish, stop the cooking process and cool the meat by placing them in a bowl of ice. Ice is better to use than cold water since water can get into the crayfish and saturate the meat. While the meat cools, heat some butter and season it with anything you like, such as salt and pepper, lemon juice, or garlic. Finally, place the crayfish on a plate and coat them with seasoned butter.

Crayfish meat can also be used in other recipes, such as soups and risottos. To do this, you'll need to remove the tail and claw meat from a whole crayfish or purchase crayfish meat that has already been prepared for cooking.

Start by gently pulling and twisting the tail to separate it from the head. If you want to, suck on the head to eat the crayfish butter. Apply pressure on the bottom side of the tail on each side to remove the skeleton. Once the skeleton cracks, you can carefully twist and pull out the tail meat to enjoy. Finally, pull down and twist the claws to gain access to the meat inside.
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