Dave’s Cajun seafood boil: Part 1

March 12, 2012 § 3 Comments

When Dave says he’s going to make a seafood boil, please just stand back and enjoy the frenzy and drama.  First, there’s the shopping trip to the wharf.  With coolers in the car, we head off in the morning.  There are about 20 seafood shops in the district (there used to be quite a few more, but many are still in the process of being rebuilt after being destroyed in Hurricane Ike).

Dave’s looking for crabs, and unfortunately we aren’t early enough.  Even though it’s a very stormy day, the shops are full of people who all have the same idea, and are selecting seafood for a boil.   Most of the shops are sold out of crabs by the time we arrive.  Finally, after poking our heads into six shops, Dave locates a vendor who hasn’t sold out.  He selects a few crabs, while I hold the bag.

Then he grabs a ten-pound bag of crawfish.  In our area of Texas, people call them mudbugs. Crawfish live in our local bayous, and are like little mini-lobsters.  Many think they’re just not worth the effort to peel and eat, but they’re actually delicious.

In another shop, Dave checks out the various fish, finally selecting several pounds of shrimp.

Everything gets packed with ice, and is then stored in the cooler.  After a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up a few extra supplies, we drive back to the farmhouse.  Dave fills the laundry room sink with cold water and in go the crabs and crawfish to purge.  They’re full of mud and sand, and so for the rest of the day, they sit through many water changes, until the water is finally clear, and they’re ready to cook.

That’s all for now.  Check back tomorrow for the cooking and some recipes.

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