Crawfish in Tyler & Texas

Big, juicy boiled Texas Crawfish in TylerHot, spicy crawfish, potatoes and corn ... boiled to perfection!
(Photograph by the author)

Some folks call 'em crayfish, crawdads, or mudbugs, but here in Texas they are simply CRAWFISH, whether they are swamp crawfish, spillway crawfish, or pond crawfish.

We've been catching crawfish all our life, and love the tradition of a long, leisurely crawfish boil in spring!

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're looking forward to another great crawfish season in Texas in 2017!

Where to Buy Crawfish in the Tyler Area

Several Tyler restaurants such as Razzoo's Cajun Cafe' and the Boiling Catch offer crawfish meals, and boiled crawfish, in season. Also, some supermarkets such as Brookshires offer boiled crawfish by the pound in season.

A number of seafood markets and outlets offer live crawfish for sale in Tyler and East Texas during the crawfish season in the spring.

Where ever you plan to purchase your live crawfish, always call ahead
for information, pricing, availability, and possible reservations.

The last four years we have purchased our live crawfish from Wade's Place on East Main Street in Chandler. We've met Wade, and he runs a great seafood restaurant also, 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. We've dined there are recently as April of 2017, and it is highly recommended for great food, friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere.

Included with the live crawfish at Wade's were boiled potatoes and corn on the cob. Phone 903.849.2729.

We've also been pleased with the live crawfish we've purchased by the sack from Rodney Murphy's Circle M Crawfish in Big Sandy, on Highway 155 just south of U.S. 80. Rodney has been selling crawfish for over 18 years. The facility is also known as "Rodney's", or "the Crawfish Stand". Rodney also operates a restaurant, and its menu includes crawfish, shrimp, alligator, boudin, along with choice steaks and other items. Live music is often featured Thursday-Saturday evenings with a family friendly atmosphere.

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.

Order Live Crawfish Online

And today you can order live crawfish online from a number of crawfish farmers and retailers in Louisiana and Texas, and shipped nationwide overnight.

With the advent of the Internet, and shippers such as FedEx, crawfish lovers everywhere can enjoy fresh crawfish delivered to their door at home, or their nearest airport!

Other Crawfish Suppliers in Texas

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.

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 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.

  • - The Crawfish Company, located in the Houston area. Pickup at metro area locations, and FedEx shipping.
  • - Southeast Texas Crawfish Farm, located in Hamshire, TX, about 20 miles southwest of Beaumont. Pickup only.
  • - Cajun Crawfish Company, Lewisville-Dallas area. Catering and local sales in the metro area.
  • - Texas Live Crawfish, Houston and Dallas (Denton) offices and phone numbers. Supplies from Louisiana and Texas crawfish farms.
  • - Critter Runners, Crosby, TX, northeast of Houston. Pickup and delivery.

Ordering Live Crawfish Online from Louisiana-Based Crawfish Outlets

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

Enjoying and Eating Crawfish Meals

Texas Size Crawfish ... plump and ready for boiling!Fresh, live Texas Crawfish!
(Photograph by the author)

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

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.

2017 Crawfish Festivals in Texas

Festival City Date
New Orleans Style Crawfish Boil
Lone Star Hookahs
104 E. 31st Street

details on Facebook
Austin, Texas March 12, 2017
7th Annual Kemah Crawfish & Zydeco Festival
Kemah City Parking Lot
600 Bradford Avenue

Kemah, Texas March 24-26, 2017
Woodlands CrawPHish Festival
Town Green Park
11:00am - 6:00pm

The Woodlands, Texas March 25, 2017
9th Annual Bernie's Famous Crawfish Boil
Concrete Street Old Market Pavilion
5:30pm - 9:30pm
This is the Del Mar College Foundation’s signature event to help raise funds for scholarships for Del Mar College students.

Corpus Christi, Texas March 30, 2017

Bigass Crawfish Bash
Gulf Greyhound Park
1000 FM 2000, La Marque, TX

BCBF, Inc. is a Texas non-profit corporation that works in partnership with local charities that benefit lives of veterans, children, and the disabled. This year donations will be made to Camp Hope, Texas Special Olympics, and local Education Foundations.

Scheduled events include the crawfish cooking competition, live music, Kid Zone, vendors market, Veterans VIP tent, food court and more!

Details at website

or BigAss Crawfish Bash Facebook Page

Hitchcock, Texas April 1, 2017

Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off
Rob Fleming Park
6055 Creekside Forest Drive
Noon - 8:00pm

Set up begins at noon, cooking begins at 1:00 p.m., samples ready for judging 4:00 p.m., awards at 6:30 p.m., event ends at 8:00 p.m.

Teams of up to eight members are provided crawfish, ice, serving containers, a 10' x 10' tent, a table and chairs.

details | Cook-off Flyer

Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off at The Woodlands, Texas, April 1, 2017

The Woodlands, Texas April 1, 2017

2nd Annual Frisco Crawfish Festival
Rockin’ S Bar and Grill
9305 Preston Rd,
Frisco, TX 75033
1:00pm - 7:00pm

The event is to raise money for the local animal rescue group Habitat for Paws. Sponsored by the Cajun Crawfish Company. Several thousand pounds of crawfish will be boiled. Live bands and music, plus bounce houses for the kids..

Details at website

Frisco, Texas April 2, 2017

10th Annual Old Town Keller Crawfish Krawl

Great food, festive music and fun galore, from Noon to 9:00pm.

Attendance this year is expected to exceed 10,000 visitors. The event will take place on Olive and Pecan St in Old Town Keller.


Keller, Texas April 8, 2017

Cajun Crawfish Festival

Schertz Park Pavilion
703 Oak Street
10am - 8pm

Tempt your taste buds with some amazing food vendors. Crawfish eating contest for Men and Women Adults and Children Crawfish race. We also have kid’s activities including bounce, face painter, and more. Come ready to shop because the festival also has arts & crafts booths.


Cajun Crawfish Festival

Schertz, Texas April 8, 2017
Hutto Crawfish Festival
Downtown, East & Farley Streets
Hutto, Texas April 15, 2017
5th Annual Mudbug Mash
Levitt Pavilion
4:00pm - 10:00pm
Arlington, Texas April 15, 2017
27th Annual Llano Crawfish Open

details | events
Llano, Texas April 21-22, 2017

37th 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.

Opening Ceremonies will kick off on Friday night @ 5:00. Saturday morning our 5K will begin at 8 with our “Hometown Heroes” parade immediately following @ 9:00 East down Hwy 12, turning South onto Hwy 62. At the festival grounds, live music, live demonstrations including a master’s gardener and chalk painting, craft and food vendors, a photo-contest, washer tournament, exotic species and whitetail display, silent auction, and many other activities will run throughout the day as well as Sunday.

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

details at or on Facebook

Orange, Texas April 21-23, 2017
28th Annual Crawfish Boil & Fish Fry

Rosenberg, Texas April 22, 2017
13th Annual Lonestar Crawfish Festival
Sponsored by the Busby Foundation
Stubbs BBQ
801 Red River

Austin, Texas April 22, 2017
2017 Crawfest New Braunfels

New Braunfels, Texas April 28-30, 2017
Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
Old Town

details | map | Texas Crawfish Festival tickets
Spring, Texas April 29-30, 2017

Rayzur's 8th Annual Crawfish Cook-off
Brazoria County Fairgrounds
901 S. Downing Road
Team competition raises money for charitable organizations. Events include crawfish cook-off, gumbo cook-off, crawfish cook-off- and more.

website and Facebook page

Angleton, Texas May 5-6, 2017
Houston Crawfish, Crab & Grill Festival
Crawfish, music and more
Hobby Event Center
9906 Gulf Freeway
2:00pm - 11:00pm

Houston, Texas May 13, 2017
3rd Annual Crawfish Cookoff
Crawfish cook off benefit tournament at Tiger Field. Good company, food, crawfish and games. Proceeds go towards Friends of Tiger Field (FOTF) and the FOTF Scholarship Award.

Rockport, Texas May 20, 2017

Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival
Fredericksburg Marktplatz
126 W Main Street
Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees
Music and more

details, entertainment, tickets

Fredericksburg, Texas May 27-29, 2017
Crawfish Festival
211 E. Pleasant Run Road
DeSoto Amphitheater

DeSoto, Texas June 3, 2017


Crawfishing Industry

Giant Texas crawfish backing away from the boilDon't back away from the boil! (Photograph by the author)

Nearly all of the live crawfish sold in the U.S. come from Louisiana, 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.

Photos of Texas Crawfish and Texas Crawfish Boils
(all photos by the author)

Let's start with our sack of live Texas crawfish ... usually 30-40 pounds
Sack of live crawfish

Gather up the ingredients: shrimp & crab boil, cayenne pepper, black pepper ...
Gather up the ingredients: shrimp & crab boil, cayenne pepper, black pepper ...

Get the onions, potatoes, corn on the cob, and lemons ready to boil
Get the onions, potatoes, corn on the cob, 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
Giant Texas crawfish backing away from the boil
Giant Texas crawfish backing away from the boil
Boiled, red crawfish, fresh out of the boiling pot
Boiled, red crawfish, fresh out of the boiling pot
Boiled crawfish ... ready to enjoy!
Boiled crawfish ... ready to enjoy!
Crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes ... let's get peeling!
Crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes ... let's get peeling!
Get out the paper towels ... we've got serious eating to do!
Get out the paper towels ... we've got serious eating to do!

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)


A Recipe for Boiling Crawfish

There are dozens, or hundreds, of recipes for boiling crawfish. Click here to view our recipe for the perfect crawfish boil.

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