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A Southern Momma’s Guide to a Crawfish Boil Party


If you’re like me and most people in the south, then you love a good BBQ. But what about when it gets a little boring with the same old burgers and hot dogs? That’s the dilemma I was facing when planning this year’s annual 4th of July BBQ. So, for this year’s party we decided to change it up and throw a crawfish boil! At first my husband was like, “Eeek, do you even know how they eat crawfish?” But, it is really much easier and tasted way yummier than I expected!

So, if you love seafood then this is a fabulous option. In Sarasota you can find just about all the seafood you will need at our local markets. But since crawfish aren’t usually on the menu around here, there are great places you can order fresh LIVE crawfish delivered right to your door. Below you will find a list of ingredients and some tips on making your boil the talk of the town!

What you will need:

• 30-60 quart boiling pot with a perforated basket
• 4 lbs. of Crab Legs
• 4 lbs. of Shrimp
• 3 lbs. of Scallops
• 2 packs of Crawfish boil in a bag (Seasoning)
• 2 bags of Red Potatoes
• 12 Corn on the cobb
• 3 Onions
• Garlic Cloves
• 9 Lemons
• 2 sticks of butter



1. You will want to add the water, butter and seasoning into your pot first and let it simmer so all the flavors can mix together.
2. Once it’s simmered for 2-3 minutes you add the crawfish in for 5 minutes.
3. Then go ahead and pull them out and throw them back in an empty cooler while you get the vegetables ready.
4. Next, to get the vegetables ready, you cut the lemons, potatoes, corn and onions in half.
5. While the crawfish are resting, put all your vegetables in the pot and boil for another 10 minutes. Then add in your crawfish and let those cook for 20 minutes.
6. Slowly add in your shrimp, crab legs, and scallops.
7. Finally, let those cook for 5 minutes then pull it all out, throw it all on your table and get to crackin!


Time to start crackin!

How to eat crawfish:

1. Hold the crawfish on both sides of the tail.
2. Then snap the head away from the tail.
3. Peel away the shell around the tail.
4. Hold the end of the tail and gently peel out the meat.
5. Finally, if you’re feeling confident, you can suck the brains out of the head of the crawfish. They say it’s the best and most flavorful part!

Tips to make it a little easier:

• Overnight delivery of the crawfish is the best way to go. You can find them at
• Plan on ordering about 2 to 3 pounds of crawfish per person.
• Make sure to have a few people to help.
• Buy little cups to serve the melted butter individually. (Nobody likes a butter double dipper)
• Don’t forget to have crab leg crackers to get inside that pesky shell.


End the meal with a bang

Serving a cold light dessert like Strawberry Pound Cake Trifle after a hot Florida BBQ can’t go wrong! Check out my super easy 3 ingredient recipe below!



Strawberry Trifle
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
229 calories
34 g
7 g
9 g
3 g
3 g
67 g
187 g
21 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229
Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 7mg
Sodium 187mg
Total Carbohydrates 34g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 21g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 Pound Cake cut in 1inch pieces
  2. 1 pack of Strawberries cut in half
  3. 1 tub Whipped Cream
  4. Drizzled Chocolate (Optional)
  1. Put pound cake, strawberries and then whipped cream, layering until you reach the top of the bowl.
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