6 Ideas To Make Use Of Your Leftover Crawfish

leftover crawfish

Crawfish season is a glorious time of year.

You get to eat all the crawfish you want, and it’s cheaper than going out to dinner.

But once you’ve devoured all your crawfish, what happens next? There are so many ways to enjoy leftover crawfish—and they’re not all limited to just one day!

How to store leftover crawfish

There are a few ways to store your leftover crawfish.

If you’ve got a big party, then it’s probably best to keep them in an ice bath, submerged in water and covered with ice cubes.

You can also put them in the fridge if you want to save space.

Just be careful: refrigerated crawfish will become mushy and lose their flavor quickly if left out for more than an hour or two.

Also remember that freezing crawfish kills them immediately so don’t try storing them that way!

If you’ve got a lot of crawfish left over, it’s best to cook them all at once and freeze the leftovers.

This way, you can enjoy your favorite crawfish dish whenever you want without having to go through the hassle of boiling them again!

6 ideas for leftover crawfish

Crawfish Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb.
  • cooked crawfish tail meat, chopped into small pieces
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped finely
  • 1/2 red onion, diced finely (may be substituted with shallots)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped chives or parsley if you like!
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
  • Keeps up to 3 days chilled in an airtight container.

Crawfish Étouffée

Étouffée is a dish that can be served hot or cold, and it’s typically made from shrimp, crawfish, or crab.

It’s a stew that combines the crustaceans with vegetables and spices in a thick sauce.

Étouffée is often served over rice or pasta as a main course, though it also makes for an excellent side dish when paired with other seafood entrees.

The word “étouffée” means “smothered” in French—and that’s exactly what this dish does to its ingredients!

There are several ways to make étouffée: some people cook the seafood separately before combining everything together; others prefer to add everything into one pot and simmer until tender; still others sauté their ingredients first before adding them to broth at the end of cooking time (this option requires less liquid).

Whatever method you choose depends on how much time you have left after boiling/shucking crawfish!

Crawfish Bread

You can add crawfish to your traditional bread recipe, or you could try adding it to a cornbread recipe.

You could also add crawfish to a cornbread recipe with jalapeño peppers and green onions.

If you want to make sure that your bread is flavorful, then I suggest that you add some spices such as cayenne pepper and paprika powder.

This will give your bread an extra kick of flavor!

When you are making a traditional Louisiana crawfish bread, then I suggest that you add some cayenne pepper.

This will give your bread an extra kick of flavor! You could also add paprika powder if you want to make sure that your bread is flavorful.

If you want to make a savory loaf of crawfish bread, then I suggest that you add some cayenne pepper and paprika powder.

This will give your bread an extra kick of flavor!

Crawfish and Cream Cheese Dip

This recipe is quick and easy.

All you need are some leftovers, cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice and green onion.

First mix together the cream cheese and mayo until it’s smooth then add the crawfish tails.

Season with salt and pepper if needed then garnish with parsley and green onions!

It’s always fun to try something new when you have leftover crawfish but this crowd-pleasing dip is always a great choice.

You can make it up ahead of time or serve it right out of the bowl at your next party! It’s also great on crackers or chips (we prefer Fritos).

For those of you who are new to Cajun cuisine, this is an excellent introduction.

It’s easy to make, it tastes amazing and everyone will love it! I like to serve the dip with tortilla chips but crackers work too.

Crawfish Po’Boy

The po’boy sandwich is a New Orleans delicacy that’s made with bread, fried seafood and your choice of fillings.

It was named after the French poor boy (po’boy) who sold sandwiches from his bicycle in the early 1900s.

The classic po’boy consists of a french roll stuffed with deep-fried seafood (usually oysters, shrimp or crab), lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

The best bread to use for this sandwich is French baguette or any long loaf that’s soft enough to bite into easily but sturdy enough to hold up under intense pressure from your hands as you eat it on-the-go.

In addition to the fresh lettuce, tomato and mayo mentioned above; I’d recommend adding some hot sauce if you like things spicy!

The best part about this sandwich is that it’s super easy to make and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

Whether you’re a seafood lover or not, there’s no denying that this sandwich has all the right ingredients.

Crawfish Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a traditional Louisiana dish, made with rice and a mixture of meats (often chicken, sausage or shrimp) that’s often finished with tomatoes.

Jambalaya is not the same thing as gumbo.

Gumbo is also a traditional Louisiana dish but it’s made with stock instead of water, which gives it more flavor.

Jambalaya and gumbo both get their names from “gumbo” (a word used by African slaves meaning okra).

In the south, if you ask for gumbo without okra, they’ll give you jambalaya instead!

If you’re looking to make some crawfish jambalaya but don’t want to go through all the work of boiling crawfish at home (or risk getting sick), check out your nearest restaurant or grocery store—they might carry pre-cooked frozen crawfish tails that are great for this recipe!

To make jambalaya, start by browning some sausage in a large pot.

Then add some chopped onion and green bell pepper.

Once that’s done, add your chicken and cook until it’s no longer pink.

Next, add rice (I like to use long grain white rice but any type will work), tomatoes, garlic powder and cayenne pepper (if desired).

Bring everything to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice is tender but not mushy.

Conclusion

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this article.

It is important to know how to handle your leftover crawfish so they don’t go bad.

Remember, any type of seafood or fish should always be stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare it again!

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