Texas Crawfish

Big, juicy boiled Texas Crawfish


Hot, spicy Texas crawfish, potatoes and corn ... boiled to perfection! (Staff Photo)

Some people call them crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, but here in Texas they are simply CRAWFISH, whether they are swamp crawfish, farm or pond crawfish.

Crawfish are healthy food. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein, low in calories, fat and saturated fat, and a good source of vitamins.

We've been catching crawfish all our life. We love the tradition of a long, leisurely crawfish boil in spring, or a great meal in one of the many Texas restaurants that serve all those wonderful crawfish dishes!

We are looking forward to another great crawfish season in Texas in 2022!

Crawfish Suppliers in Texas

NOTE: We have no relationship with these suppliers, and do not specifically recommend any one. Their names are provided only as a reference point to begin your crawfish shopping!

There are a number of crawfish outlets, seafood markets, crawfish farms and caterers selling live and boiled crawfish in Texas, from Beaumont to Houston to Dallas, and in between.

Some offer local delivery, while others provide delivery only in designated metropolitan areas. And some offer pickup only.

There are too many vendors to list, but here are a few to start your crawfish search. We highly recommend you check out each supplier carefully, and contact them personally, to determine their current services, pricing, policies, and guarantees before placing orders.

  • TheCrawfishCompany.com - The Crawfish Company, located in the Houston area. Pickup at metro area locations, FedEx shipping and catering.
  • TexasCrawfish.com - Southeast Texas Crawfish Farm, located in Hamshire, TX, about 20 miles southwest of Beaumont. Call 409.794.1377 to place an order. Pickup only.
  • CajunCrawfishCo.com - Cajun Crawfish Company, Lewisville-Dallas area. Catering and local sales in the DFW metro area. Been in business over 19 years, and sold over 146,000 pounds of crawfish in 2017.
  • CrawfishTX.com - Critter Runners, Crosby, TX, northeast of Houston. Fresh Live Louisiana Crawfish brought in daily to Houston and shipped nationwide via Southwest Airlines. Deliver live crawfish to Houston area business or customer pickup at their facility in Crosby.
  • DoubleMWholesale Seafood.com - Live crawfish in season, frozen shrimp, catfish and more. Currently Double M Wholesale delivers from Nacogdoches to Longview and up into Rockwall Area. Businesses and individuals can order with a minimum purchase as long as the quantity is available. Located at 513 County Road 4802, Troup, Texas, 75789. Phone 903.360.8947
  • Where ever you plan to purchase your live crawfish, always call ahead
    for information, pricing, availability, and possible reservations.
    CajunGourmetCrawfish.com - Cajun Gourmet Crawfish Wholesaler. Selling live Louisiana crawfish to Houston and the surrounding areas since 1989.
  • HEB.com - HEB sells millions of pounds of crawfish each year.
  • GoCrawfish.com - Houston and Austin areas. They bring the freshest crawfish and seafood in Louisiana and deliver it to their customers.
  • TexasCrawfishSupply.com - Delivery of live crawfish in the Houston, San Antonio and Austin areas. Their crawfish ranches are located in the Anahuac and Winnie areas.
  • CayenneKevin.com - Cajun catering and live crawfish sales in San Antonio for 15 years.
  • Caddo Creek Crawfish Farm is a 63-acre facility near Frankston. Customers can call no later than Wednesday or Thursday to order how many crawfish they want that weekend and pick them up on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. It is located at 2189 County Road 320 in Frankston. Call Mr. Yeager at 903.876.3083 for details and more information.
  • Circle M Crawfish in Big Sandy, on Highway 155 just south of U.S. 80. They've been selling crawfish for over 22 years. The facility is also known as "Rodney's", or "the Crawfish Stand". The facility includes a restaurant, and its menu features crawfish, shrimp, alligator, boudin, along with choice steaks and other items. Live music is often featured Thursday-Saturday evenings with a family friendly atmosphere. Phone 903.636.9199.
  • TheCrawfishCo.com - Located in Cooper, Texas. The company sells live crawfish and boiled crawfish at various events as well as on the weekends. Cajun catering and crawfish boils to meet anyone’s needs. Also ask about their Cajun fish fries, boiled shrimp, fund raisers and private parties. Phone 903.217.4815 or visit TheCrawfishCo on Facebook
  • Wade's Place on East Main Street in Chandler serving crawfish, shrimp, fish, gumbo, hand-cut rib-eye steaks, burgers, salads and much more. They are located at the railroad tracks just a block south of Highway 31. They also sell crawfish by the sack in season. Included with the boiled crawfish at Wade's are boiled potatoes and corn on the cob. Phone 903.849.2729.

 

Crawfish Suppliers in Nearby Louisiana

Giant, live Texas Crawfish!
Giant, live Texas Crawfish! (Staff Photo)

A large number of crawfish outlets, farms and suppliers are located in nearby Louisiana, both for local pickup and online ordering. Listed below is a sample of long-standing dealers offering online crawfish ordering:

Enjoying and Eating Texas Crawfish Meals

Crawfish is a key ingredient in many of our favorite Texas dishes and meals ... Crawfish Etouffee, Crawfish Bisque, Crawfish Pie, Fried Crawfish, Crawfish Jambalaya, and of course boiled crawfish.

Crawfish Fettuccine
Crawfish Fettuccine ... a popular Texas tradition!
Crawfish Etouffee
Crawfish Etouffee ... served on a bed of lovely white rice
Crawfish Gumbo
Crawfish Gumbo ... a culinary tradition in Texas
Crawfish Pie
Texas Crawfish Pie

 

Crawfish Season in Texas

Crawfish season varies from one year to the next, based on how cold (or mild) the weather was during the winter. It also depends on the amount of rain, and the water levels in the swamps and bayous.

Generally, the crawfish season in Texas runs from January through July for crawfish caught in the wild. Crawfish from farms are available over a longer period of the year.

Crawfish Festivals in Texas

In Texas and the south, boiling and eating crawfish is a long standing family tradition. We eat crawfish at places besides the home, whether it be in restaurants, family reunions, Super Bowl, or at company gatherings.

And we celebrate the crawfish in another way: Festivals! These events encompass all the good things about life in Texas: food, fun, music and merriment!

Excellent Texas and Cajun food is a given at any festival. And as always, festivals offer abundant opportunities for meeting old friends, and making new ones.

Crawfish festivals happen all over Texas, from Pearland to Fredericksburg, from Austin to Kemah ...  find one near you!

Crawfish Festivals in Texas (By City)

IMPORTANT NOTE

Listed below are festivals and events normally scheduled in most years.

Events are always subject to change. We recommended you contact the responsible event sponsor to confirm dates, times and other details.

 

Festival City Date

Austin Crawfish Festival 2022
Carson Creek Ranch
701 Dalton Lane, Austin, TX 78742

The Austin Crawfish Festival is back with two stages and a new 58-acre ranch venue! This is a celebration of two major industries in Texas: crawfish and beer! This massive crawfish festival brings over 10,000 pounds of fresh, Louisiana grown crawfish to Central Texas.

The Festival supports local Texas & Louisiana vendors. It aims to promote awareness of the crawfish season, the history of it, and how the seafood industry has benefited Texas for centuries!

Festival attendees will enjoy tasting crawfish prepared in every imaginable way—fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs, along with other Cajun favorites (shrimp, crab, gumbo, red beans and rice). Also featured will be some of Texas' biggest beer and wine vendors!

Website

Austin, Texas March 5-6, 2022

Annual Lonestar Crawfish Festival
Sponsored by the Busby Foundation

The Lonestar Crawfish Festival is our primary means for raising money to support families in Central Texas suffering from ALS, and we are excited to announce it is a GO for Saturday, April 23, 2022 at The Belmont, in Austin, TX!

Website

Austin, Texas April 23, 2022

Annual Celina Cajun Fest
Historic Celina Downtown Square

This free-admission festival features a massive crawfish boil, great music, an alligator show and fabulous shopping!

Website

Celina, Texas May 14, 2022

Annual Crawfish and Cannons
Live crawfish boil, cannon firing on the hour, Bloody Mary bar, the official State of Texas Longhorn Herd, children's activities, farmers market vendors, and live music!

Website

Fort Belknap, Texas  (near Newcastle and Graham) April 9, 2022

Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
Marketplatz, 114 West Main Street

Website

Fredericks-burg, Texas  May 27-29, 2022

Crawfish Festival in the Heights

Are you a fan of Crawfish, Beer, Music and the Heights? Then this is the perfect event for you! Join us March 5th for our annual Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Crawfish Festival. Shop with over 100 vendors! Bring the kids to enjoy our Kidz Zone! And of course, enjoy some delicious Louisiana Cajun style Crawfish! See y’all there!

Website

Heights, Texas March 5, 2022

Annual Keller Crawfish Krawl & Car Show

Website

Keller, Texas April 30, 2022

Crawfish & Zydeco Festival

Website

Kemah, Texas April 9-10, 2022

8th Annual Big Ass Crawfish Bash
Highland Bayou Park
La Marque, TX

BCBF, Inc. is a Texas non-profit corporation that works in partnership with local charities to benefit lives of veterans, children, and the disabled. This year we will be donating to Camp Hope, Texas Special Olympics, and local Education Foundations, Boy Scouts of America, C.E.R.T., and more.

This is a family extravaganza! Kids 10 and under are Free!!! Best of the Gulf Coast Cook Off $20.00 Presale for All-You-Can-Eat No Refunds Rain or Shine Crawfish from 1P.M.-6P.M. April 2, 2022!

This will be a SOLD OUT EVENT! Limited number of tickets will be sold! Online tickets available now. Music line up coming soon!

COVID-19 safety precautions will be implemented per state and local authorities.

The Highland Bayou Park is located at Highland Bayou Park, 1991 Getty Road, La Marque TX 77568.

Website and Facebook

La Marque, Texas April 1-2, 2022
Annual Llano Crawfish Open

Website
Llano, Texas April 22-23, 2022

Annual Mauriceville Crawfish Festival

Mauriceville is a small community situated between Beaumont and the Southwest Louisiana Border. The Texas Legislature has named Mauriceville the "Crawfish Capital of Texas".

The festival was founded in 1981 and features an awesome music line up, entertainment, creole cooking demos, a very competitive crawfish cookoff and and much more.

Held at the Mauriceville Crawfish Grounds, 7441 Cohenour Road, Orange, Texas 77632

Website and Facebook

Mauriceville, Texas May 6-7, 2022

Annual Port O'Connor Crawfish Festival &  Cookoff
King Fisher Park

Lots of crawfish, food, beer, and craft vendors along with horse shoe tournament and crawfish eating contest. The event is a fundraiser for the Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce.

 

Website

Port O'Connor, Texas April 30, 2022

Crawfish Festival at Big Texas Fun
Retama Park

Website

Selma, Texas March 10-20, 2022

Rails and Tails Mudbug Festival
The Rails & Tails Mudbug Festival is a day-long celebration of the tasty crawfish through music, food and fun at the historic downtown depot. Scheduled to perform are The Fab 5, Waylon Thibodeaux, John Evans, and Bayou Roux. Vendors, kids zone and more. Free admission and parking.

Website

Tomball, Texas May 7, 2022

 

Crawfishing Industry

Giant Texas crawfish backing away from the boil
Don't back away from the boil! (Staff Photo)

Nearly all of the live crawfish sold in the U.S. come from Louisiana or Texas, and begin life in the wild waters of the state, or on a farm. Commercial sales of crawfish in Louisiana date back to the late 1800s, and today's crawfish industry includes millions of pounds harvested from farms and natural waterways in the Bayou State.

Texas also has significant numbers and acres of crawfish farms, with many located in Southeast Texas.

There is stiff competition from "foreign" importers, but we steadfastly do not purchase imported crawfish: read the label carefully for the "Country of Origin" and see where they are from!

The harvesting of wild crawfish from natural habitats such as bayous, swamps and marshes provides a significant number of jobs for Louisiana and Texas residents. In addition, crawfish farming is a major industry in Louisiana and Texas.

 

Staff Photos of Texas Crawfish and Texas Crawfish Boils

A sack of live Texas crawfish ... usually 30-40 pounds
A sack of live Texas crawfish ... usually 30-40 pounds

Getting the ingredients ready: shrimp & crab boil, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt
Getting the ingredients ready: shrimp & crab boil, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and salt

Getting the small potatoes, corn on the cob, onions and lemons ready to boil
Getting the small potatoes, corn on the cob, onions and lemons ready to boil
Texas Size Crawfish ... plump and ready for boiling!
Texas Size Crawfish ... plump and ready for boiling!
How to hold a crawfish ... carefully behind the head!
How to hold a crawfish ... carefully behind the head!
Filling up the crawfish pot with water ... let's get the boil underway. Start with about 50 pounds of live Crawfish, add salt, corn on the cob, new potatoes, whole onions, lemons, Zatarain's Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil, red pepper, black pepper, garlic cloves ... make the hot sauce, warm up the buttered French bread, add cold beer, and share with good friends!
Filling up the crawfish pot with water ... let's get the boil underway
Boiled, red crawfish, fresh out of the boiling pot
Boiled, red crawfish, fresh out of the boiling pot
Boiled Texas crawfish ... ready to enjoy!
Boiled Texas crawfish ... ready to enjoy!
Boiled Texas crawfish, corn on the cob, and potatoes ... let's get peeling!
Boiled Texas crawfish, corn on the cob, and potatoes ... let's get peeling!
Get out the paper towels and spread the old newspapers ... let's do some serious crawfish eating!
Get out the paper towels and spread the old newspapers ... let's do some serious crawfish eating!


Southeast Texas Crawfish Farm Video

Nothing brings a Southeast Texas Family together like a good old fashioned crawfish boil. Here's a trip to Hampshire, Texas to met one farmer behind these tasty tails. (YouTube Video)