Crayfish Recipes for Xmas

I thought that as the current theme for my blog is crayfish and Xmas, that I should share some of my favourite Crayfish recipes for the blogging community. Below are just a few of them and depending on the response, I may post some more later.

I am one that does not really like crays that much so I am always on the lookout for good recipes that make them more palatable!

FYI, one of my passions before I started photography was cooking and I still like to cook on the odd occasion.

Hope you enjoy these little tips and flavours!


XMAS Crayfish Recipes for my favourite blogging community!

Recipe 1

Crayfish Snitzel


4 Fresh Crayfish, tailed and meat removed from tail: Note: This is easier if cray are drowned in fresh iced water for an hour or so or put in the freezer. Cut the cray down the back and pull meat out of both halves together.

Plain flour.

4 eggs.

4 cloves of crushed garlic.

¼ cup grated ginger.

Bread crumbs.


  1. With raw craymeat in tact, tenderise gently with a meat tenderiser and flatten out to a snitzel thickness.
  2. Put meat in a plastic bag with plain flour to coat.
  3. Mix egg, garlic and ginger together and then coat floured snitzels with this mixture.
  4. Coat with breadcrumbs.
  5. Shallow fry until cooked in Olive oil.

Note:             This recipe makes for a very tender and tasty way to eat crayfish. Lends itself to having a nice sweet chilli sauce on the side to dip into. Serve with a fresh garden salad and a baked potato.

Recipe 2

Sate Crayfish with Plum Sauce


4 Fresh Crayfish, tailed and meat removed from tail: Note: This is easier if cray are drowned in fresh iced water for an hour or so.

Plain flour.

40g butter.

4 cloves of crushed garlic.

¼ cup grated ginger.

½ cup chicken stock.

1 table spoon Soya sauce.

½ cup Fountain Plum Sauce

½ cup Fountain Sate Sauce

¼ cup sherry.

¼ cup chopped spring onions.

¼ cup chopped beans.

2 cups boiled rice


  1. Remove skin from cray meat as much as possible, chop into small cubes and roll in flour.
  2. Sautee in butter, garlic and ginger until almost cooked in a frypan.
  3. Mix soy; sate sauce, plum sauce, chicken stock and sherry.
  4. Add say mixture to cray mixture.
  5. Last minute add vegies.
  6. Serve onto boiled rice.

Note:             This is one of my favourite ways to eat crayfish.

Recipe 3

Steamed Lobster with Thai Chilli Sauce


1 green crayfish chopped into 8 pieces and cleaned

2 tablespoons on ginger grated

3 cloves crushed garlic

2 tablespoons of salted black beans

½ cup x onion chopped into wedges

4 x shallots cut into 5cm lengths

½ red capsicum cut into squares

4 large chillies deseeded and cut lengthways

2 tablespoons rice wine

½  teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 tablespoon peanut oil

A dash of sesame oil

¼ teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon oyster sauce

1 tablespoon chicken stock

1/3 bunch coriander


  1. Steam crayfish bits for 5 minutes and remove
  2. In a wok heat peanut oil until hot and toss in ginger, garlic, onions, black beans and stir fry for 2 mins
  3. Add shallots, capsicum and chillies and stir fry for another 3 mins.
  4. Add wine sugar, soy, oyster sauce and chicken stock.
  5. Add sesame oil and vinegar and toss in crayfish stir-frying everything together for a final 2 minutes.

Recipe 4

Devilled Crayfish


4 Cooked crayfish.

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper.

1 small can of reduced cream.

½ chopped chilli.

1 punnet of small cherry tomatoes cut in half.


Grated cheddar cheese

2 chopped spring onions

1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce


  1. Cut crayfish in half with heads intact and remove cooked flesh.
  2. Retain shells and wash out placing them on a flat roasting dish.
  3. Chop craymeat into cubes and mix in reduced cream, tomatoes, onions, chilli sauce and cayenne pepper.
  4. Put in blender and process: not too much. It’s best if left a little lumpy.
  5. Spoon processed mixture back into Cray shells including the head section.
  6. Sprinkle grated cheese over each half cray.
  7. Cover with breadcrumbs.
  8. Put under griller for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted through breadcrumbs.

~ by True North Mark on December 9, 2010.

10 Responses to “Crayfish Recipes for Xmas”

  1. I’m a bit like you , not over fond of crays, never buy one at a restaurant, only way I like them is fresh caught , fresh cooked, fresh bread, bit of vinegar and salt.

    Give me a marron any day , the sweetest of them all.

    • Try the Snizzel recipe Mervy…it works a treat…the Ginger and Garlic mix takes the strong flavour out and makes it taste like prawn…happy days!

      The other recipes works pretty well as well!

  2. Im like you and Merv not a big fan of the cray, give me a big feed of crab any day.
    the old man loves cray and I think he will love these recipes too! Thanks Mark I’ll pass them onto him.

  3. They all sound nice but I think I might have to try the Thai recipe first.

  4. Hey Mark – I can see a photography cookbook coming up here ! A couple of these sound great and we might try one of them for Chrissy this year (I have fwd’d this on to my Mum and best mate to read).

    tone 🙂

  5. Hey Mark,
    Thanks for the recipe’s mate I love a good cray thats for sure but I must agree with Merve give me Marron any day but its all in the cooking and the love and care of the cray thats how you get the flavour out.
    I love cooking them on the BBQ cut in half with garlic butter and fresh chilli’s cook upside down for about 5 minutes then they will be nicely steamed and cooked from the under side with a flavour that tickles those taste buds eh mmm can’t wait to get home from NSW to put on a tank and get me some fresh clackers and maybe a cuttle fish eh mmmm. 🙂

    • Hey Brett…hope you get some use out of the recipes and I am sure you will be glad to get back to the dry after being in the wet for a while over in NSW!

      Muzz…it just so happens that I do have at least one Sausage recipe mate! I am sure if you went out of the comfort zone a little and tried one of the crayfish recipes you would like them…coz I certainly do and I don’t actually like crayfish that much!

  6. Not my usual fare Mark – have you got any good sausage recipes? 🙂

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