The Crawfish Guide

How Do You Know When You're Getting a Good Crawfish Deal?

And how does anyone keep up with all the different deals around town?

By Katharine Shilcutt February 20, 2017 Published in the March 2017 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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How much should this bucket cost? Depends on the day.

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How do you know when you’re getting a good price on crawfish? What’s considered a decent-sized mudbug? And how does anyone keep up with all the different deals around town? Below, a short primer:

  • Generally speaking, if you find fresh, live crawfish for around $2.99 a pound, you’re getting a good deal.
  • If you find boiled crawfish for around $5.99 a pound, you’re getting a good deal.
  • Prices on live crawfish fluctuate daily, often as much as 25 cents per pound, which means prices on boiled crawfish also fluctuate daily.
  • The domino effect also affects the price of boiled crawfish in particular: If one little shack starts selling boiled crawfish for $4.99 a pound, you’d better bet a bunch of other shacks will do the same—or go even lower—in order to compete.
  • Call ahead to ask about happy hour pricing or current specials; most restaurants don’t keep their websites or Facebook pages updated with the most recent information (see above, re: constant price fluctuations).
  • The smallest crawfish that are still good eating are around 3 ½ inches long, and you’ll generally find 20 to 25 of these to a pound. Larger crawfish—around 4 ½ to 5 inches long—command higher prices, with fewer to a pound (between 10 and 15).
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