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Jun 19, 2012 04:04 PM

Fresh Crawfish?

looking to put together a decent southern style clam bake. I know where I'm picking everything up from, but I would really like to add some fresh crawfish. I don't think they're in season, but I'd like to avoid frozen. Anyone know where to get the fresh ones or if no option, frozen? I haven't checked with Diana's or City Fish yet.

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  1. The furthest south fish market in the middle row of the South Building of St Lawrence Market usually has them (they're across from Alex Farm Products) but I've only ever seen them frozen.

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    1. re: ElizabethS

      That's probably Mikes. Great! Now I can pick them up and eat my way to the back of the building! Thanks for the super quick reply!

      1. re: franpelyk

        Let us know if its available and the cost....

        1. re: franpelyk

          Not Mike's (although they probably have them too) - the one across the main aisle (east of Mike's)

      2. It's called Domenic's - just looked at the SLM map.

        1. Mike's has a whole tank of live Spot Prawns...little difference from crawdaddys. Around cottage country you can usually find crawfish as bait...and cheap.

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          1. re: TorontoTuna

            I had ordered live crawfish from Louisianna and had them shipped to upstate NY (it was easier for me this way). I arrived at the drop-ship place and opened the box. The worker (about 30 years old, likely living in rural NY state all his life) looks over my shoulder and asks "Whats that?!"
            "Crawfish" I reply.
            "That suuuure is a lot of crawfish."
            "Yep, 50 pounds!"
            "Whateryou gonna do with 50 pounds of bait?!"
            I look at my buddy who drove down with me, he's smiling. I turn to the guy, "we're having a crawfish boil and we're gonna eat 'em"
            "You're gonna EAT 50 pounds pounds of BAIT?!!!"
            He walked away shaking his head. My buddy and I laughed.

            1. re: porker

              They just don't get the mud bug thing this far north.

            2. re: TorontoTuna

              We've seen crawfish as bait in northern Ont and Quebec.....never understood why someone hasn't figured out there's gold in them thar hills!

              1. re: ElizabethS

                I know. They can be raised here. Why we don't eat them is odd.


                1. re: Davwud

                  One of the nicest surprises while on a canoe trip on the Burnt River several years ago, was to find huge (6-7 inches) crayfish around a portage. They were easy to catch by hand and we had a great unexpected snack. It's not very common, but some people do catch them to eat them, not just bait.

              2. re: TorontoTuna

                TorontoTuna, they are not the same as spot prawns; taste different, look different.


              3. About a month ago there were fresh crawfish at T & T in Mississauga. Not sure if they still have them but might be a place to check out.

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                1. re: juliewong

                  Please report back if they are.