How to Eat Crawfish (with Video)
This week's cafe review found us in Westchase to review The Seafood Shoppe, a Viet-Cajun place specializing in boiled crawfish by the pound. We were led to the under-the-radar spot by long-time commenter SirRon, who said of the place:
Photo by Troy Fields Order the boiled crawfish platter in order to get both corn and potatoes at The Seafood Shoppe.
Someday you'll mention Seafood Shoppe on Westheimer near the Belt -- and I'll pee my pants. Until then, I'll make my annual mention underneath your crawfish post.
While we wait to see whether or not SirRon pees his proverbial pants, we thought now would be as good a time as any for a refresher course on how to eat crawfish. After all, we don't want to send you to The Seafood Shoppe -- or any other crawfish joint -- uneducated.
The photos below will show you how to pinch those tails and suck those heads, but you can also skip ahead to the video on the next page if you're the impatient type. So get your bugs and let's get started.
Photos by Groovehouse Look at that luscious tail meat.
Step One: Grab the head and tail of the crawfish.
Step Two: Pinch the tail and pull it gently but firmly away from the head.
Step Three: Congratulations! You should now have your crawdad in two pieces. You can Choose Your Own Adventure from here. Your options are:
1) Peel the tail away from the meat like you would a boiled shrimp and eat it that way.
2) Grasp the tail meat between your lips and/or teeth and suck-pull it out of the shell.
3) Do either of the above and suck the head when you're finished.