Crawfish Bisque — 16 Comments

  1. OMG! Yes! It is crawfish boil time!! I am going to grab this recipe to try since my family (parts of them) like bisque.
    What seasoning do you use to season your boils? We have tried about 3 different ones and so far, the Slap Ya Mama is the favorite.
    I went to Sams Friday and they had the boil in bag potatoes in 10 or 15 lb bags at a great price so, I grabbed a bag. We love the small reds even without crawfish. I boil them with crab boil to serve as a side with almost any meat. And the bag is made of heavy string netting. The granddaughter has been wanting a snood for her hair and it is going to make a perfect one since I won’t be boiling that big thing. 🙂

    • I love your ingenuity!! We use Louisiana Fish Fry products, including their seafood boil seasonings. We also use the leftover potatoes for breakfast hashbrowns, which are delicious with scrambled eggs! I chose not to cut up the smoked sausage and include in the bisque–felt like it would take away from the bisque flavor. We also make a leftover crawfish “hash” with the potatoes, onions, sausage and corn scraped from the cob. It’s also very, very good! Maybe I’ll do that recipe next!!! We just don’t like to waste anything around here! Enjoy your first boil of the season, Cammy! (and the bisque)!

    • I have to say, it was really very good, although the spice from the boil made it a little different from a regular bisque, but everyone loved it! Hope your sale went well for you!

  2. This sounds good and I might give it a try. I will have to change the name though. Crawfish Bisque needs to have stuffed heads. AND of course you have to hook the empty shells on the rim of the bowl.?

    • Well YES of course it does if you make it the very day of the boil! I’m not willing to use crawfish heads that are a few days old! Can you imagine?

      • You’re supposed to get the kids to clean the heads then stick them in the freezer for future use.
        Growing up we always had heads in the freezer.

        • Would you like to share some more about why you kept the heads and what they were used for, as I’m not familiar with this practice! Please, educate us!

          • They make fantastic stock! Just rinse some of the seasoning off, toss in a pot with the shells, carrots, onions, celery, bay leaves, lemon, etc. Cover with water and simmer. Strain thru several layers of cheese cloth and freeze for your fantastic dishes.

          • We cleaned the heads out to be stuffed. The stuffing is much like a stuffed crab or a stuffed shrimp. Substitute ground crawfish tails for the shrimp or crab. Stuff heads then dredge in egg, coat with flour and then fry them. The flour keeps the stuffing in. It is then put into the bisque.
            If my mom ran out of heads, she’d make small balls and fry them before adding them to the bisque.

            • I remember reading something in a book about stuffed heads but, since it was a book of fiction, I figured they were too. I might be able to handle the stuffing balls. I don’t think I want the heads in my bisque. 🙂

  3. I saw the banner over the meat counter at the grocery store yesterday announcing “crawfish now available”. I checked on the price per pound and minimum lbs I can order. They are $2.99 lb, minimum 30 lbs.

    I told my son tonight that we are having our boil asap. I have to figure out when everyone will be off and not running on a Saturday. 30 lbs should be just about right for all of us and a few neighbors. We will add potatoes and sausage to it and grill burgers and hotdogs for those who don’t eat the good stuff.

    • Wow! That’s high, Cammy. Is it because it’s early in the season or are they always that high in TX?

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