For some, it may be an acquired taste, but seafood is immensely popular across the United States.
There’s so much seafood out there to try, with so many varying flavors, textures, and styles. It’s truly a culinary world of its own.
Amongst some of the most popular seafood products are shellfish. Lobsters, crabs, and even crawfish regularly find themselves on platters, in stews, and in gumbos in restaurants across the world.
But some people actually have very little experience with seafood and may have only tried lobster, at most.
For such people, the major factor holding them back is the potential taste. They want to know how a seafood product will taste before they decide to try it.
One particular seafood that people frequently look for guidance on is crawfish. Many are unsure how it tastes, and wonder whether it tastes similar to its brethren, the lobster.
If you’re in a similar situation and want to check out what all the fuss is when it comes to crawfish, then you’ve come to the right place.
Prepare to find out what you can expect when you try crawfish for yourself.
What Does Crawfish Taste Like?
The most common descriptor that people have for crawfish, and one that we can back up, is that it tastes slightly sweet.
The meat is firm and has a pleasant taste as it moves across your palette.
There is still a distinct meaty taste that many love from shellfish, but it definitely does have a sweet note that sets it apart.
Crawfish, in fact, actually has a slightly stronger sense of taste than its closest counterparts, and even tastes slightly meatier.
It’s not easy to determine why it has such a strong taste, but perhaps it could be due to the fact that crawfish is a lot smaller than lobster, so the flavor is condensed into a smaller package.
What Texture Does Crawfish Have?
Crawfish has a very soft and tender texture, with very little toughness in the meat.
This makes it very pleasant to eat, and great for first-timers, as there are no strange textures that could otherwise put off someone trying it for the first time.
Although crawfish is soft and tender, there is still a firmness to it that makes it pleasant to chew on, as each bite releases another burst of meaty flavors.
Does Crawfish Taste Like Lobster?
Crawfish and lobsters look strikingly similar! If you were to put them side by side, to a layman, the crawfish would just look like a baby lobster, thanks to the crawfish’s smaller size.
The similarities in appearance aren’t all that the two share either. The two seafood products also have very similar tastes when eaten.
Both are truly delectable and delicious and have that distinctive salty taste that is characteristic of seafood.
However, the two creatures do differ slightly in terms of how they are prepared. Usually, lobsters are cooked by dipping their tails in boiling water, with the rest of the body left mostly intact.
The tail is where most of the delicious meat is. Crawfish, on the other hand, due to their smaller size, have their whole bodies boiled in their entirety.
Crawfish also is slightly less salty than lobster and has a more distinct sweet taste profile that you would definitely notice should you taste both.
How Do You Best Eat Crawfish?
If you finally decide to give crawfish a go, you should make sure to taste every inch. The flesh of the crawfish is tasty and can be found in just about every part of the crawfish body.
Check the claws, the legs, and even the heads for leftover meat that might otherwise get thrown away.
Consensus differs slightly on whether each part of the crawfish has a different taste, but regardless there’s plenty of meat to be found, so be sure to explore.
There is a very simple method to quickly access the best parts of the crawfish.
Simply hold it in your hand, and then in a twisting motion, twist away the head from the body.
You should notice that it snaps away. Within the head is plenty of tasty meat, so make sure to pull that out.
From there, take the body of the crawfish, and peel away the shell slowly, and pull the tasty flesh out.
This should cause the shell to fall away in one piece, which saves you biting down onto hard pieces of shell, and saves you a lot of cleaning up after your meal!
Crawfish is truly one of the best-tasting foods from our vast oceans. However, they can be somewhat of an acquired taste.
If you have ever tried lobster before, and have enjoyed it, then you will likely have no problem whatsoever with crawfish.
If not, and crawfish is your first fish of its kind, then we recommend trying it with a friend, so that they can teach you the best way to savor it properly!
Crawfish and lobsters are very similar but do have a number of inherent differences that help to make them taste unique.
You would definitely notice these differences after giving them both a taste. Crawfish is distinctly sweeter, but also meatier, despite actually having less meat under its shell!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Tastes Better Shrimp Or Crawfish?
It would be very unfair of us to imply that one tastes better than the other. The choice of which one is ‘better’ comes entirely down to personal choice.
Crawfish have a slightly more subtle taste, but larger size, while shrimp are smaller but are slightly more intense. Which of these you prefer will determine which you consider best.
Are Crawfish Baby Lobsters?
Despite their similar appearances and the adorable size of a crawfish, crawfish are in fact not baby lobsters, and are a distinct category unto themselves!
Can I Get Sick Eating Crawfish?
You are extremely unlikely to get sick from eating crayfish.
However, if you were to undercook it before consuming it, then you may run the risk of becoming ill. If crawfish is undercooked, it may harbor parasites and bacteria that could make you ill.