Crawdads are not very difficult to cook but they are quite challenging to clean. Crawdads are also known as crawfish and crayfish. They are found in abundance across freshwater reserves and rivers. People who love crawdads cherish their miniature lobster-like shapes. However, even those who love crawdads have to deal with the cleaning process.
Before we can shed some light on how to cook crawdads, you have to know how to clean them. The three to six inches long crawdads can be very dirty. They would be loaded with dirt and all kinds of debris that they pick up from the rivers, ponds and lakes.
The cleaning process begins with normal washing. You need a large bowl which should be well filled with cold water. Pour in all the crawdads and then stir them using a spoon or anything that you feel comfortable with. The idea is to get the crawdads to lose all dirt and debris. You will notice some crawdads floating to the top of the water in the bowl. These are dead and they must be discarded. You have to buy live crawdads from the market. Dead crawdads are not to be cleaned or cooked. There is nothing that they would offer to you, neither nutrition nor taste.
Once the water is dirty enough, drain the bowl and then pour in some fresh cold water again. Stir the crawdads again and allow them to soak for a good twenty odd minutes. The water will become dirty again and then you need to drain it. You have to repeat this cleaning process as many times as is needed unless the water is spotlessly clean. If you have even a tinge of dirt or cloudiness in the water after soaking the crawdads, then you need to go for another round of cleansing or purging as it is called.
Once cleaned, you can now cook the crawdads. Take a large pot, fill it with water and boil the water. Take about five tablespoons of Cajun spice mix and add it to the water. Pour in the crawdads into the boiling water and allow the water to start boiling again. Let them boil for five odd minutes and then turn off the heat. Allow the crawdads to get soaked in the heated water for half an hour. The more time you allot, the better and more flavored the crawdads would be. You may use your own mixes or blends instead of Cajun spice mix.
Drain the water and then serve the crawdads with some butter, hot sauce and halved or sliced lemons.