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Steamed Crawdads

These freshwater crustaceans look like mini lobsters and their meat is sweet.

Photography: Evan Sklar

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1996


  • Fresh crawdads


  1. On a steamer rack in a saucepan, steam crawdads, covered, until tender, 2 to 5 minutes; they will turn red. Remove from steamer and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking; serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Cook crawdads as soon as possible after catching to preserve their natural, fresh flavor.

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