What (and WHEN) Exactly Is The New Orleans Crawfish Season?

All you might know about the crawfish is that it resembles a mini-lobster. Or you might also know it as crayfish or mudbugs.

However, let’s just stick to calling it crawfish in this wonderful city of New Orleans, shall we?

So what is it about the crawfish that has people from all over the World clambering to get down to New Orleans for a bite?

You see, it’s all about the flavor.

The crawfish boil is a popular, seasonal, food-centric party. It is an event as much as it is a way of cooking, and it’s popular for good reason!

The crawfish is boiled and soaked in a variety of spices – cayenne pepper, celery and mustard seeds, along with other herbs, vegetables, and other proteins, including smoked sausage, shrimp, and crabs.

While the heat and spices can definitely get to you, making you sweat as you reach for a swig of your beer, it won’t stop you from tearing into the next crawfish. They’re addictive.

A Big Industry

Did you know that Louisiana supplies about 95% of the crawfish produced in the United States?

Rightfully so, since the state is all about the crawfish and the spices. A particularly delectable experience is sucking the head of the crawfish with the pooled juices that have you salivating for more – an experience many newcomers refuse to give in to.

But, why do people need to create travel plans to get to New Orleans during a few particular months for the crawfish?

While the city is most famous for the Mardi Gras celebration, it also has people flocking to it all during the Springtime for various festivals, awesome weather, and crawfish!

Now, deciding the exact dates for this delicious season really depends on a variety of unpredictable factors such as weather and water temperature.

Spring Time

However, Crawfish Season also means that it is spring time – March, April, and May are peak months for New Orleans when the harvested crawfish reaches its zenith in quality and price.

Now, if you can’t make it to a New Orleans crawfish boil during these months, it’s not a problem. Crawfish season can last from November all the way up to August – but you will find the crawfish to be small and expensive in the early months.

Fun AND Delicious

A crawfish boil is largely a social event, a particularly messy one, as people gather together in their backyards and sometimes at bars and restaurants.

Picture all of your friends and neighbors, plus a bunch of strangers (aka soon-to-be-friends), cold beer in hand, a roll of paper towels, and newspaper covered tables, piled high with boiled crawfish, corn, potatoes, mushrooms, sausage and more.

That is what springtime in New Orleans is all about! (Food, of course!) So, we recommend that you tie your hair into a ponytail and stick to dark colored clothing as you dig into the lip smacking experience!