How To Cook Crayfish Nz?

For 2–4 crayfish

Put the cover on once the water is boiling and add the dozy Crays. Verify that the Crays have completely died and that there is no movement.

Start your timer as soon as the water begins to boil once more. (Watch out for boil overs; aid yourself by placing a wooden spoon on top!)

Your Crayfish are cooked after 7-8 minutes at a boil. (Boil for up to 10 minutes if you prefer your fish extra-cooked, have huge Crayfish, or are preparing it to be eaten later.)

dive into the chilly water, then sit upright with their tails up to allow any extra water to drain. If required, refrigerate.

Holding the body in one hand while twisting the tail to the left and right is how you remove the tail.

On the underside, cut down the center of the tail from top to bottom.

Open up the meat and shell. In the centre of the tail, you’ll notice a tube stretching from top to bottom… Remove!

To maintain that lovely Cray flavor, we prefer to keep things simple with lemon and pepper. A sprinkle of fresh herbs is often a good addition. But use your creativity, and be sure to share any delicious concepts you have!

p.s. Once cooked, crayfish will keep in the fridge for 3–5 days. Put them in the freezer if you want to keep them for longer.


Make your boiling water as salty as the sea, but only if you absolutely must. You don’t necessarily need to buy pricey flaky salt. In this instance, the finer things are better.

There are two schools of thought on how to boil a crayfish. It can be boiled for a predetermined amount of time, then removed from the pot and let to cool. The second method, which is what I usually do, involves dropping the beast into boiling water, letting it boil for one or two minutes, then turning off the heat and letting it cool in the pot. It’s really up to you; there’s no reason why one works better than the other.

However, you must either kill the cray or at the very least render it comatose before cooking it. As with mussels and clams, we used to just put them live into boiling water in the past (although with molluscs we tend to bring them to a boil with other things like wine, butter, herbs and the likes).

No longer cooking them while they are still conscious of the horror that awaits them seems more compassionate and fair. The simplest approach to get rid of them is to wrap them in newspaper (which prevents them from thrashing around), place them in a plastic bag, and freeze them for three hours. I’ve been told that by this time they’ll have passed away, at which point you can just put them in a saucepan big enough to hold them and cook them as needed.

The tail can now be severed from the head at this point. Although I prefer to fry them entire, if you don’t have a large pot you can have trouble fitting a full crayfish in intact.

Unwrap the cray’s tail after removing it from the freezer. Since there is a lot of tail flesh just beneath the head shell, poke the point of the knife towards the head rather than straight through the shell when cutting between the tail and head shells. To separate the tail, gently but firmly twist it as if you were wringing out a towel while holding the still-wrapped head in one tea towel and the tail in the other.

How to prepare crayfish, either fresh or frozen

Crayfish from New Zealand are highly regarded for their remarkable quality both domestically and abroad, where they are considered somewhat of a delicacy. The buttery and mildly sweet flavor of Chatham Island crays, among those that are exported, is a result of the calm, nutrient-rich waters where they mature. So, now that you have a crayfish, how do you prepare it to maximize flavor and freshness? We go over a few dos and don’ts to help you make the most of your cray.

You must first defrost frozen crayfish before preparing them, such as our Frozen Crayfish Tails. By storing your crayfish in a covered dish in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours, you should do this gradually. Like most seafood, crayfish are fragile and sensitive to temperature changes; as a result, water thawing and other expedient thawing techniques are likely to ruin the crayfish as well as your stomach.

Your crayfish is now ready for cooking when it has thawed, which may be done in a variety of ways depending on your recipe. The crayfish/tails are placed in a large saucepan, which is then filled with sea (or salted) water. The pot is then brought to a boil, and the food is then cooked for 10 minutes (a larger cray may require an additional minute or two). The secret is to wait until the cray’s shell has gone brilliant red before removing it. The crayfish meat will continue to cook even after it is removed from the pot. One way to avoid this is to briefly chill the cooked cray before serving it in a pot or sink with ice.

Every fisherman has a story to tell about how to cook crayfish, but most can agree on the best way to store it. Crayfish should be put in a saltwater ice-slurry and moved as quickly as possible into a freezer after leaving the ocean. It’s a good idea to cook your catch before freezing it if you intend to keep it for a long time. For up to six months, this will help preserve the meat and keep the flavor in.

To accomplish this, you must first kill the crayfish (see below), then grip and twist the tail and upper body apart. The crayfish tails should be put in a pot with salt water, brought to a boil, then cooled, packed, and frozen.

You must kill your crayfish before cooking it if you intend to consume it raw. The most compassionate approach to do this is to submerge it for 30 minutes in a small container of water. The crayfish will eventually drown when the water’s oxygen levels drop. Make sure to clean the crayfish in freshwater after they have died. It can now be cooked by boiling, as described above, or by one of the other methods listed above, such as steaming, pan-frying, wok-frying, grilling, or barbecuing.


  • Use a sturdy, sharp knife to cut the crayfish in half lengthwise. Rinse out all the disgusting components (preferably in salt-water). With paper towels, dry the flesh.
  • Two tablespoons of softened butter and one to two minced garlic cloves should be combined in a bowl with a fork. Depending on your taste and the size of the crayfish, use more or less.
  • Spread the garlic butter mixture over the top of the exposed meat after placing the crayfish halves shell down on the barbecue hotplate. A To keep the heat inside, place a sheet of tinfoil over the top and fold down the sides. Cook over medium-high heat for five to ten minutes, or more for larger crayfish, or until the flesh is white and solid all the way through the shell. A
  • Forget the covering and first sear the flesh side on the hot plate for up to a minute if you desire the real barbecue flavor. Melted butter must first be applied to the flesh to prevent it from adhering to the hotplate and burning. Cook for approximately four minutes, turning once, or until well cooked (part flesh with a sharp knife to double check). A
  • Serve with chilled beverages and enjoy the praise.

What is the ideal method for crayfish cooking?

To put your crayfish to sleep if they are alive, place them in fresh water or the freezer for 40–60 minutes.

  • In a pot, bring salted water to a boil before adding your crayfish.
  • If you want your fish well done, cook it for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on size, or until the shell is a bright orange color.
  • To stop the cooking process, remove from the water and submerge into an ice slurry or ice cold water.
  • If you have the time, slowly defrost your crayfish in the refrigerator before cooking them as described above in salted boiling water. Large fish could take longer to defrost; small fish will do so over night.
  • You can cook fish straight from the freezer if you don’t have time to defrost it. Frozen fish should be placed in a saucepan of cold, salted water.
  • When a thermometer is inserted into the thickest portion of the fish, it should read 75 degrees celsius after you turn on the heat and gradually bring the mixture to a gentle boil.
  • If you want your fish well cooked, cook it for 5-8 minutes, depending on size, or until the shell is a bright orange color.
  • If you have the time, slowly defrost your crayfish in the refrigerator before adding them to boiling, salted water as described above. Large fish could take longer to defrost; small fish will do so over night.

How are crayfish prepared for consumption?

  • Split the head from the tail. Twist and pull to separate, firmly holding the head in one hand and the tail in the other.
  • Take a head suck. Although it is optional, this step is strongly advised. The crawfish head is where all the flavor lies, including the yellow substance that is occasionally referred to as “crawfish butter” and has a faint foie gras flavor.
  • Remove the tail. It will be simpler to access the meat if the first couple of tail shell segments are removed.
  • Take the meat out. Use one hand to pinch the tail end and the other to fully pull the meat out. If there is a vein visible along the back, clean it off and enjoy!

How long do you boil crayfish NZ?

Prior to cooking, it is advisable to keep live food in a polybin. It should be around 8 degrees outside. To the chiller if it dies. To kill, place the animal in the freezer for a few hours or submerge it in iced salt water, which puts it to sleep. Then, stab the animal in the middle of the head.


Boil the cray for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the shells are bright orange, in salted boiling water. Put cold water in right away to stop the cooking process.

Grilling instructions: Halve the cray lengthwise, baste with a gentle marinade, and cook flesh-side up until opaque.

To roast or grill, cut the meat in half lengthwise, smear the flesh with butter, and roast flesh-side down for 8 to 10 minutes at 200 degrees C in the oven or on the barbecue, or until just cooked through.

How long should freshwater crayfish be cooked?

Place the cray in the boiling water for 45 seconds, then remove it from the water and season with salt to taste like the ocean.

How can you tell when crayfish are done?

Great care must be taken not to over cook your Crayfish, as this will result in harsher and less flavorful meat. Additionally, overcooking causes the meat to shrink, become stringy, or even turn into mush. It also causes part of the exquisite flavor to be lost.

Follow these recommendations for delicious crayfish:

  • Don’t take the Cray out of the pot until the shell is brilliant red.
  • A gently pulled antenna will readily come off after the Cray is finished.
  • The Cray meat will be firm and white when it has finished cooking.
  • The Cray meat will have a 180°F internal temperature (80C)
  • Inside the bodily cavity, the liver, sometimes known as the green tomalley, will have turned a greenish yellow color.