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Milton Zatarain’s Crawfish Boil

Milton Zatarain's Crawfish Boil

This is definitely a recipe for a large crowd.


  • 6 gallons water
  • 2 dozen lemons, cut in half
  • 4 large onions, quartered
  • 3/4 cup celery seed
  • 1 cup allspice
  • 2 1/2 pounds salt, not iodized
  • 1 1/2 cups cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup liquid crab boil
  • 2 cups whole bay leaves
  • 12 bags Zatarain crab boil
  • 40 pounds live Louisiana crawfish
  • 1 gallon ice water


  1. Bring all the ingredients except the crawfish to a boil, and let them boil 5 minutes; then add crawfish. Return to a boil, boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Turn off the fire and add the gallon of ice water; this makes the crawfish sink under water. Let soak 30 minutes and then drain.

Cooking/Prep Time: 45 min | Serves 12 to 15

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