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ISO Crawfish and Blue Crabs

Season has started - once again I am looking for fresh Crawfish and Blue Crabs. Anyone seen any please let me know!

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  1. Have you seen fresh Crawfish in the GTA before??

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    1. re: warlock

      If you're talking freshwater crayfish, no. Have only occasionally seen frozen.

      1. re: warlock

        I haven't seen them either - OK ghettoMD - justify your post!

        1. re: estufarian

          Thinking he wouldn't know a mudbug if it bit him.

          1. re: Kagemusha

            Crawfish are pretty much impossible to get fresh here as they are an invasive species. You can get them frozen online but they are crazy expensive. I looked last year to do a boil for a party and couldn't justify the cost. I got rock shrimp instead. :(

            1. re: LexiFirefly

              There are ten species of crayfish in Ontario, and they are the same as crawfish (prove me wrong!). They are not endangered.
              http://www.ontarionature.org/discover...
              They are not expensive, or stale from importing if you get some from a stream. Kids love to catch them.

              1. re: jayt90

                I'm not sure if you still can but in the late 70's, early 80's we could buy them at bait shops.

                DT

              2. re: LexiFirefly

                You can get them frozen at Diana's most of the time - $20 for 3lbs and at times at Ikea. Found them fresh once last year at T&T Mississauga but never again

        2. Highly recommend T&T at Woodbine & 16th Ave. They have uber-cheap and uber-fresh seafood there. I buy all my lobster, crawfish, spot prawns, and blue crabs there for all my summer boil-ups and indoor winter ones too. :-)

          There are several locations in the GTA, including one in the Promenade Mall. But the newest one is the one at 16th and Woodbine and I've never been disappointed with quality or freshness there.
          You may also want to try Seacore Seafood Inc. It's more warehous-y, but you can find exactly what you are looking for there.

          If you're a tomalley lover, both locations will happily seek you out females that are chock-full of eggs and all that other good stuff, if you're into that (like I am!).

          Happy hunting!! Or should I say fishing. :-)

          Here are the locations:

          T&T
          9255 Woodbine Ave Markham, ON L6C

          Seacore Seafood Inc.
          81 Aviva Park Dr Vaughan, ON L4L 9C1

          1. I've seen small Blue Crabs at T&T at Kennedy and Steeles. It was a few years ago though.

            DT

            1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/849885
              Crawfish are sometimes available, IIRC they come and go very quickly. When I saw them last year they were only around for a week or two at the most.

              1. I just bought a box of cooked/frozen/seasoned Crawfish from AllSeas in Etobicoke for about $23 ( 3lb box). First time I've ever had crawfish and it wasn't as good as I expected, to be honest (but then again, I don't know what good crawfish is supposed to taste like, lol). I thought the juices from the head would have been super tasty, but maybe it's because of the choice of spices? The tails were good, but I was hoping the juices of from the tomalley would have lived up to it's reputation... I'm a seafood lover so I hope this is just a one off experience....

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                1. re: BigWillyWonka

                  The problem is they were cooked and then frozen, not spices. I like trolling the Toronto board as I've been there and loved it. I live in Houston where crawfish is plentiful, live uncooked for 2.99 and less, in restaurants 5.99 (which I find overpriced and refuse to pay) and down to 3.99. I prefer to cook my own much to the chagrin of my wife as it tends to get more than a bit messy, plus the spices aren't right until they produce uncontrollable sneezing. Now, back to slicing okra.

                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    Good to know. Hopefully one day I'll be able to have a proper crawfish boil.....until then, I'll keep looking!

                  2. re: BigWillyWonka

                    James Cristinian is right.....once its frozen....the head loses it umami factor..for me its all about the the head juice....and frozen makes it taste nasty....the tail will still be fine...just like shrimp

                    Unfortunately I have to depend on my annual trip to California to enjoy these mudbugs...

                  3. Just came back from T&T, they had live blue crabs for 3.99 / lb

                    1. Live blue crab is on sale at T&T right now for $2.98/lb