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Where to buy frozen crawfish / crayfish?

goodeatsgal Mar 4, 2012 10:13 PM

I'm hosting a birthday party with a New Orleans theme and found a recipe for crawfish (or is it crayfish?) étouffée that uses frozen tail meat. Anyone know where I can find it on the Peninsula?


  1. ChowFun_derek Mar 5, 2012 07:05 PM

    If you can't find EXACTLY what you're looking for the frozen langostinos at Trader Joes may work for you

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    1. re: ChowFun_derek
      Mollyeeeee Apr 19, 2012 12:31 PM

      TJ's doesn't always carry them so stock up if you find them

    2. Zeldog Mar 6, 2012 08:59 PM

      I've seen them sometimes at the larger Asian markets such as 99 Ranch. Langostino is not a precise term, but usually refers to a salt water critter that's more like a large prawn or small lobster, which would not be a good substitute. Use medium sized shrimp if you can't find crawfish.

      In Louisiana, it's "crawfish".

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      1. re: Zeldog
        wolfe Mar 7, 2012 02:07 AM

        "mud bug 
        noun Chiefly Mississippi Delta .
        a crayfish."
        I bought some at Lucky, whole, and pulled the meat but it was to muddy tasting and I tossed it.

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          Tripeler Apr 20, 2012 08:41 PM

          Gosh, doesn't anyone (but me) call them "crawdads"?

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            Melanie Wong Apr 21, 2012 03:02 PM

            Mud bugs.

        2. re: Zeldog
          ChowFun_derek Mar 7, 2012 08:17 PM

          I don't know...crawfish definitely look more like 'small 'lobsters' than a shrimp...and don't we use the term shrimp and prawn rather interchangeably here?

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          yayitsgood Mar 7, 2012 10:41 PM

          I've seen them regularly at the Mollie Stones on 42nd in San Mateo, back in the freezer section of the meat area. Care to share your recipe?

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            uniteddw Mar 8, 2012 12:23 AM

            In the UK they're widely available. Costco have them here. Which is about the only brand that crosses the pond for groceries. Good luck!

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              Ericruo Mar 8, 2012 06:58 PM

              I used to get fresh crayfish alive and squirming from the Old Oakland Farmer's Market on Fridays, but I no longer work in Oakland, so I don't know if that vendor still shows up. It was seasonal and of course I can't remember the season. California exports lots to Louisiana... If that vendor is still around, he's likely to show up at the fancier farmers markets in San Mateo...

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                goodeatsgal Mar 11, 2012 09:31 PM

                My friend ended up finding frozen crawfish at 99 Ranch. They were in a box, had been pre-seasoned, and were from China. After pulling off the tails, we were left with a small container of mostly mealy and mushy crawtails. Big fail.

                We did learn, however, that Cook's Seafood in Menlo Park will order live crawfish for you if you call them ahead of time.

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                  Mollyeeeee Mar 23, 2012 02:53 PM

                  Most WalMart super centers carry froz. Crawfish tails & they're not bad. We've used them several times for étouffée. You can usually check to see if they're in stock online.

                  1. Llamalicious Mar 23, 2012 09:41 PM

                    I think there are websites that you can get them direct from Louisiana. It really isn't crawfish season though so it might be hard to find. They usually get big during the summer and that's when people catch them.

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                      susan woodward Apr 19, 2012 11:24 AM

                      Cook's Seafood in Menlo Park carries frozen cooked & shelled crawfish tails in the freezer in the fish market. I bought some a few days ago, I think for about $13 per pound. Thaw them slowly int he frig and they are delicious.

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                      1. re: susan woodward
                        goodeatsgal Apr 19, 2012 11:49 PM

                        Thanks! We've recently gotten to know Cook's a little better and they seem to have good quality seafood (at least, the fresh things we've tried). Good to know about the frozen for our next etouffee!

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