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're looking forward to another great crawfish season in Texas in 2021!

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.

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!

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 Nacodogches 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 County Road 4802, Troup, Texas, 75789. Phone 903.371.7403
  • 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.
  • 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, football games, 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!

2021 Crawfish Festivals in Texas (By City)

We are currently updating our list of 2021 crawfish festivals in Texas. It's still early for most festivals to have dates set, especially in light of COVID-19 restrictions, so note that many are listed as TBA - To Be Announced. If you would like your crawfish event included, or have updates, contact us.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Concern over the spread of the Corona virus has resulted in the postponement or cancellation of many Texas festivals and events.

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
Downtown Austin

The Austin Crawfish Festival 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. 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 and Facebook

Austin, Texas TBA
Annual Lonestar Crawfish Festival
Sponsored by the Busby Foundation
Stubbs BBQ
801 Red River

Website
Austin, Texas TBA

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 TBA
Bernie's Famous Crawfish Boil
Del Mar College Foundation
Concrete Street, Old Market Pavilion

Website
Corpus Christi, Texas TBA
Crawfish Festival
211 E. Pleasant Run Road
DeSoto Amphitheater

Website
DeSoto, Texas TBA

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

Website

Fort Belknap, Texas  (near Newcastle and Graham) TBA

Crawfish Festival in the Heights
411 West 20th Street

Website

Heights, Texas TBA

Annual Community Family Fun Fest & Crawfish Boil
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Houston Heights

Houston Liederkranz, 5100 Ella Blvd

Free admission, live music, silent auction & raffle prizes, crawfish & shrimp plates, bouncy house and fun activities for the kids.

Website

Heights, Texas TBA
Houston Crawfish, Crab & Grill Festival
Crawfish, music and more
Hobby Event Center
9906 Gulf Freeway

Website
Houston, Texas TBA

University of Houston Offshore Industry Crawfish Boil

UH Campus, Lynn eusan Park

Website

Houston, Texas TBA

Hutto Crawfish Festival
Downtown, East & Farley Streets

Website

Hutto, Texas TBA

Annual Keller Crawfish Krawl & Car Show

Great food, festive music, car show and fun galore.

Free admission. Free parking. Crawfish and other cajun foods. Live entertainent, face painting and balloon art.

Website

Keller, Texas TBA

Bigass Crawfish Bash
Gulf Greyhound Park
1000 FM 2004, 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!

The Greyhound Park is located one block West of I-45 South at Exit 15, 30 miles South of Houston and 15 miles North of Galveston in La Marque, Texas.

Website and Facebook

La Marque, Texas TBA
Lincoln VFD Crawfish Boil
Lincoln Community Hall
1015 Avendue D

Website
Lincoln, Texas TBA
Annual Llano Crawfish Open

Website
Llano, Texas TBA

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 TBA

Annual Rotary Crawfish Boil
14,000 lbs. of crawfish, Andouille Sausage, potatoes, corn plus live music from Cody Johnson, Roger Creager and the Powell Brothers.

Las Palmas Race Track

Website

McAllen, Texas TBA
Muenster Volunteer Fire Department Mudbug Bash
Last year the Bash served 10,200 lbs of crawfish, and is hoping to serve more in 2020. Live bands will perform as well. 

Facebook
Muenster, Texas TBA

Crawfest New Braunfels
Comal County Fairgrounds

Website
New Braunfels, Texas TBA

9th Annual Plantersville Crawfish Festival & Cook-off

Facebook

Plantersville, Texas TBA

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

Cajun &  Zydeco Music by The Mudbugs, and Headliner Bri Bagwell. Lots of crawfish, food, beer, and craft vendors along with horse shoe tournament and crawfish eating contest.

Website

Port O'Connor, Texas TBA
Annual Crawfish Boil & Fish Fry

Website
Rosenberg, Texas TBA
Crawfish Festival at Big Texas Fun
Retama Park

Website
Selma, Texas TBA
6th Annual Pedernales Fire Department Auxiliary Crawfish Boil
801 Bee Creek Road

Website
Spicewood, Texas TBA
Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
Old Town Preservation Park

Website
Spring, Texas TBA

Ragin' Cajun All-You-Can-Eat Fundraiser
For the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council
1907 East Washington Street

Phone 254.965.6190 for information and early-bird pricing for reserved tables


Website

Stephenville, Texas TBA
Woodlands CrawPHish Festival
Town Green Park

Website
The Woodlands, Texas TBA

Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off
Rob Fleming Park
6055 Creekside Forest Drive

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.

Website

The Woodlands, Texas TBA

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 TBA

Woodforest Crawfish Carnival
Christine Allen Nature Park
5831 Woodforest Parkway South


Website

Woodforest, Texas TBA

 

Crawfishing Industry

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

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.

 

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)

 

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