Emeril's Tailgating Crawfish Boil

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 to 10 servings
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3 gallons water

2/3 cup salt

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

2 packages dry crab boil

1 cup liquid crab boil

1 tablespoon hot sauce

1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows

2 bay leaves

Crawfish, vegetables, and sausage:

12 new potatoes

3 ears corn, cut into thirds

3 artichokes

6 pounds large, head on shrimp

1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed

1 cup melted butter, as an accompaniment

Beer, as an accompaniment

French bread, as an accompaniment

6 pounds live crawfish

1 foot andouille, cut into 8 equal links

3 lemons, halved

2 yellow onions, peeled and quartered

2 heads garlic, halved

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme


  1. In a large stockpot fitted with a basket insert, combine the stock ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the potatoes, corn, and artichokes. Cover and bring back to a boil, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage, lemons, onions, and garlic, cover the pot and return to a boil, about 5 minutes. Taste the stock and adjust seasoning as needed. Add the crawfish and shrimp, cover, and turn off the flame. Allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes. Add the asparagus, cover, and let steep until the vegetables and crawfish are tender, 5 to 15 minutes.
  3. To serve, line a table with brown paper bags and newspaper. Lift the basket from the stock and drain. Dump the basket ingredients directly on newspaper. Serve with melted butter, beer, French bread, and paper towels.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

Yield: 2/3 cup
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993.