The Perfect Jewelry To Wear To A Crawfish Boil

The Perfect Jewelry To Wear To A Crawfish Boil

Shop the MIMOSA Handcrafted Crawfish Collection.

The crawfish boil tradition

From Madeline: You can smell the spices in the air and feel the heat from the boiling pot. Someone lifts the paddle with a red-hot crawfish and says, “try it." You pinch and pull the tail, pop it in your mouth, and unleash a full sensory explosion.

Crawfish boils are more than a meal or tradition; they are a way of life. They mark engagements, weddings, and new life at baby showers. We even send-off loved ones with them at funerals. We had an epic one for my grandmother.

If there isn’t an occasion for one, it becomes the occasion that brings us together. It's an all-day affair, so we come early for the first batch and stay late for the last one. Bonus points if you peel the leftovers to make crawfish pie the next day. ;)

Front, back, and side view of MIMOSA Handcrafted's Crawfish Paddle Cuff bracelet in bronzeWe're all about celebrating and enjoying crawfish in its many forms, whether that's crawfish boil jewelry, crawfish recipes, or crawfish art.

But it's mostly all the time in between that we spend together that makes a crawfish boil special.

Crawfish are good. ... Scratch that. If you love them, they’re everything! And even if you don’t, the boil is where it’s at. It’s the best. Wear this crawfish boil jewelry as a reminder of the best living we do in the South.

This little paddle and crawfish were carved in wax and lost wax cast.

Shop the Crawfish Paddle Cuff

Person plucking a crawfish from a freshly boiled batch while wearing both a bronze and silver Crawfish Paddle Cuff


A little bit of crawfish history to go with your crawfish boil jewelry

Crawfish have become such a staple in Southern culture. However, we weren't gathering around for crawfish boils from the very start.

According to 64's article, "Crawfish Boils," crawfish were once wrapped up in social stigma here in Louisiana and "considered to be food for the poor." That began to change with the introduction of the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival which "helped rehabilitate local perceptions of the shellfish and its consumption," explains 64 Parishes.

During crawfish season, we are so used to having a freshly boiled batch nearly right at our fingertips whenever we want them, but it wasn't until the late 1800s that crawfish were sold commercially. And, almost to no surprise, Louisiana produces the most crawfish in the United States.

Fun facts about crawfish

  1. The crawfish is Louisiana's state crustacean.
  2. April 17 is National Crawfish Day.
  3. Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is the Crawfish Capital of the World.

Three bright red crawfish were laid out in order from smallest to largest. 

Where to find crawfish in Baton Rouge

If you're looking to host a crawfish boil because you have a craving to eat seafood instead of just wearing crawfish boil jewelry, the first step is knowing where to go to get some mudbugs of your very own.

 And if you're here in Baton Rouge, you're in luck! We put together a map of some places you can buy crawfish here in town.

A map depicting 7 locations in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where you can purchase crawfish

  1. Cajun Boilers 2

  2. Tony's Seafood

  3. LTK Seafood

  4. J&G Seafood

  5. Atchafalaya Seafood Co.

  6. Pit-N-Peel BBQ and Seafood

  7. NOLA Cajun Seafood

What to wear to a crawfish boil — Crawfish boil jewelry of course!

We've got you covered when it comes to accessorizing for a crawfish boil with our crawfish boil jewelry selections.

Aside from our Crawfish Paddle Cuff, you'll also find tiny, wearable crawfish in the MIMOSA crawfish boil jewelry collection. And, of course, what's a classic Southern dish without the Cajun Holy Trinity? That's celery, onion, and bell pepper. Either is the perfect crawfish boil keepsake or gift for the host.

The Cajun Holy Trinity pendant rests on a wooden spatula in a cast iron skillet, and the Crawfish Pendant rests on a green mesh crawfish sackGet Your Crawfish Boil Jewelry Today!

Shop the Cajun Holy Trinity

Shop the Crawfish Pendant

Shop the Crawfish Earrings

Shop the Crawfish Tie/Lapel Pin

Shop the Crawfish Cufflinks 

Cooking with crawfish

What foods to boil with crawfish

Sides play an important role at a crawfish boil. When it comes to sides, try adding these to your boil:

  • corn on the cob

  • red potatoes (turns out sweet potatoes are also pretty good)

  • onion

  • mushrooms

  • sausage

  • garlic

  • veggies

  • any other seafood you might like

Okay, we're officially hungry now.

Dawson dumps a freshly boiled batch of crawfish, corn, and potatoes onto a paper-lined table and a woman peels them to eat

Crawfish-inspired recipes

After spending all day boiling your crawfish to perfection, don't let those leftovers go to waste! Peel them and put a crawfish étouffée or pasta on the menu. And then maybe invite us over for dinner. ;)

Here is Madeline's mom's Crawfish Pie recipe to get you started!

Crawfish Pie

  • 1/2 cup roux — can use store-bought or make by using 1 stick margarine or butter and 1/2 cup plain flour. Melt margarine in heavy pot, stirring in flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture darkens to caramel color. Add chopped vegetables and garlic.

  • 1-2 large onions

  • 1 bell pepper

  • 2-3 stalks celery

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • In place of the above vegetables, I buy the Picksweet already chopped seasoning blend of peppers, onions, and celery, then add garlic. This saves a little time.
  • Cook until onions are clear.
  • Add 1 can of cream of chicken and mushroom (sometimes I use plain cream of chicken) condensed soup and 1 small can of evaporated milk (I think it is a 6oz. can)
  • Heat, stirring till mixture is smooth.
  • Add 1 lb crawfish tails (you can use more crawfish if you like) or cooked cubed chicken, leftover Thanksgiving turkey works well also.
  • Season to taste — I use Tony Chachere's or Daddy's Seasoning, Tabasco, and salt & pepper.
  • When mixture is thoroughly heated, pour into piecrust and cover with second crust. Seal edges of crust well and cut vent slots into top crust. Place in oven heated to 350-375 and cook until golden brown.
Madeline serves up a freshly baked Crawfish Pie that she made using her mom's recipe.

We've also rounded up just a few of our local favorites, where you'll find even more crawfish-inspired recipes.


    Where to buy a real crawfish paddle (and not just the crawfish boil jewelry paddle)

    You can't have a proper crawfish boil without a boiling paddle! The Red Stick Spoon Company from Louisiana makes boiling paddles.

    Dawson uses a boiling paddle to show off a bright red crawfish.

    Celebrating crawfish in Louisiana

    Crawfish-inspired art

    They say art imitates life — there is no shortage of crawfish-inspired art here in the South! And these are some of our favorites.

    Crawfish-inspired artwork by Hannah Gumbo, Home Malone, and Thistlebee

    Crawfish-inspired apparel by IDJV Art and Jewelry, Tim's Garage, and Bonfolk Socks.

    All photos are courtesy of the artists.

    Louisiana crawfish festivals

    If you're hoping for some crawfish without an at-home boil, find a festival near you — food AND fun.

    These are just a few of the countless crawfish festivals across the South. With a quick search online, you're bound to find all sorts of crawfish festival fun close to you!

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