Crawfish Boil on South Padre Island, Texas

This photo is from a huge crawfish boil that went down on South Padre Island in the Gulf of Mexico last night. This session was quite serious but supposedly child’s play for the chef who drove down with fresh crawfish from Houston just for the occasion. Crawfish or crayfish depending on how you wanna call it are basically like mini lobsters you devour at the same speed as shrimp.

The fearless chef had these 30-35lbs bags and dumped them in large vats of boiling water that was well seasoned with secret southern spices. Afterwards with reckless abandon in goes things like potato, sausage, celery, corn, half onions and chunks of garlic. Something along the lines of 120lbs+ got prepared and only roughly 5lbs were left by a gregarious group with big smiles and appetites.

I definitely eat “my fair share” and the venue was spectacular for such a spectacle.

Last time I was doing this type of thing was at a “Traditional Swedish Crayfish Party”.

Both good times and as the Thai would say “same same but different”.

Tips hat,


  1. Jessi @ Quirky Cookery

    May 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    “Crawfish or crayfish depending on how you wanna call it”

    Neither for me! We call them “crawdads.”

    And we do shrimp boils, too! Sooo good.

    • Rob

      May 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Noted and thanks for adding this!

  2. SJH

    May 21, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Just had my first experience with a Texas crawfish boil in Dallas a few weeks back…went through something like 500 pounds of them at this big party! Another name for them is “mud bugs.” How’d the fishing tournament turn out?

    • Rob

      May 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

      The fishing tournament turned out well, the boat I was going to maybe be in didn’t materialize but I had a great time at the parties.

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