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How To Reheat Crawfish (4 Simple Ways!)

How To Reheat Crawfish (4 Simple Ways!)

Knowing how to reheat crawfish will help you to reduce waste in your kitchen while also making sure that all the meals you create are just as delicious as they can be. Throughout this article, I’m going to run through some great ways to reheat crawfish, as well as talk about some other pieces of knowledge to help you in the kitchen.

How to reheat crawfish (4 simple ways)

Not sure how to reheat crawfish? Here are 4 simple ways to reheat this amazingly delicious seafood. Read on : )

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Reheat crawfish by boiling

Reheating crawfish by boiling is definitely the simplest way to reheat this food in your kitchen. It’s not tricky or complex in any way, and it can be a great way to easily bring simple flavor to the forefront of your food.

  1. Fill a large pot with water, and add any spices that were in your crawfish recipe. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Lower the crawfish into the boiling water carefully, avoiding burning yourself.
  3. Boil the crawfish in the large pot for six to eight minutes. To check if the crawfish are done, remove one from the pot and peel it to see if it’s totally heated through. Check every one or two minutes to avoid overcooking.
  4. Finally, drain the crawfish and squeeze some lemon juice over the top of them.

Reheat crawfish in the microwave

Reheating crawfish in the microwave is possible even easier than using a pot of boiling water – microwaves are so exceptionally easy to use!

  1. Get started by placing the crawfish in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add a tablespoon of water or melted butter to the bowl, and cover it with a paper towel.
  3. Cook the fish in the microwave for two to three minutes, at full power.
  4. Check if the fish is heated through. If not, continue to heat for an additional two minutes.
  5. Uncover the bowl, and season with salt and pepper, a little more butter, and a hefty squeeze of lemon juice.
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Reheat crawfish by steaming

Reheating things by steaming is a great way to ensure that any flavor within them stays there so that your final meal can be as tasty as possible. It also ensures that the fish retains its moisture, which is great for a succulent meal.

  1. To a large pot, add your favorite crawfish spices and a small layer of water. Top that with a steaming basket, being sure that the water level is low enough that it doesn’t touch the steamer basket.
  2. Bring the spices and water to a boil. Then, place the crawfish into the basket, and cover the pot with a lid.
  3. Steam the fish for six to eight minutes before removing a fish and checking to see if it’s hot. If it needs a little more time, place it back, and continue to check every thirty to forty-five seconds. This will make sure you don’t overcook your food.
  4. Transfer the steamed crawfish onto a platter, squeeze lemon over the top, and enjoy.

Reheat crawfish by sauteing

Sauteing is, essentially, a fancy word for frying at a lower heat. With that in mind, sauteing can be a really easy way to reheat your crawfish.

  1. Add a little neutral oil to a deep pan, along with your crawfish seasoning, and a little minced onion and garlic.
  2. Place the pan on a medium flame, and then heat the oil until it shimmers. Place the crawfish onto the oil carefully, in a single layer, and cook them for three to four minutes.
  3. Use a pair of tongs to turn the crawfish as they reheat. This will prevent them from burning while also coating them with flavored oil.
  4. Cover the skillet with a lid, and remove it from the heat. Allow the fish to rest in this heat for three to five minutes, and the crawfish will heat through without becoming dry.
  5. Use a pair of tongs to take the crawfish out of the skillet, and serve them hot with a lemon wedge.
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How do you eat crawfish?

Crawfish are something that might be a little hard to eat if you’ve never done it before. The reason for that is that they look a little alien at the first tasting, but don’t let that put you off.

First, separate the tail and head. Grasp both firmly, before twisting and pulling to separate them.

Then, peel the tail of the crawfish gently and carefully to be left with the meat. The meat can then be eaten however you might like.

How to cook frozen crawfish

Cooking frozen crawfish is easy since they’ve generally been pre-cooked to a certain extent by the people that packaged the crawfish. So all you need to do is bring water and your favorite crawfish seasonings to a boil in a large pot.

Once the liquid is at a boil, add the frozen fish, and cook as directed on the packaging – typically for two to three minutes.

Crawfish storage tips

The best way to store crawfish is to place them in an airtight container before refrigerating them. Once they’re in the fridge, it will take three to four days for the fish to go bad, so they can be eaten within that time.

Always ensure that you place the fish in the fridge within two hours of cooking – that ensures that no bacteria has had time to grow on the food before you place it in the fridge.


Can you eat leftover crawfish?

Definitely! As long as you’ve stored the crawfish in the fridge within two hours of cooking, it can be reheated and eaten very easily.

How can you tell if crawfish is bad?

Aside from the general consensus of a bad smell and gross color, the main thing to look out for is a mushy texture. If the texture of your crawfish has deteriorated and become weak and pulpy, the fish is definitely bad.

Can you keep crawfish alive in the refrigerator?

No – crawfish tend to live at around the same temperatures as humans, so they cannot be kept at extremely cold fridge temperatures. Instead, room temperature is perfectly fine.

How long is leftover crawfish good for?

Provided the fish was transferred to the fridge within two hours of cooking, the fish can be stored and kept safe to eat for three to four days. Any longer than that and you’re risking food poisoning.

Wrapping it up!

I hope this article has given you some handy pointers about crawfish in your kitchen. They can be tricky ingredients to manage, and I hope you’re a little more confident with them now.

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