We’re honored to share this tasty crayfish recipe from Dr. Charles Goldman, one of the fathers of modern limnology! Dr. Goldman has spent over 40 years conducting research on Lake Tahoe, home to today’s featured ingredient, the signal crayfish.
Mini-Profile: Signal Crayfish
Signal crayfish (Pacifasticus leniusculus) are native to western North America, living in freshwater lakes and streams from California to British Columbia. Invasive populations occur in at least 25 countries in Europe as well as Japan. Like Louisiana and rusty crayfish, introduced signal crayfish have voracious appetites and can greatly reduce invertebrate and plant populations and can outcompete and displace native crayfish.
Recipe: Lake Tahoe Crayfish Boil
10 liters water
1 liter dry white wine (recommended: Sauvignon blanc or Muscadet)
2 large onions, chopped
4 lemons (juice plus 2-3 whole squeezed fruit)
1 cup fresh parsley
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black peppercorns
0.5 oz dill weed
4 lbs whole crayfish
Bring water to a boil before adding all ingredients except crayfish. Boil until onions are soft, then add crayfish and maintain at a boil for about 10 minutes or until crayfish are bright red. Remove from heat and let crayfish cool in the water. The longer crayfish soak,the more flavorful they will become. Dr. Goldman even recommends letting the crayfish steep overnight for maximum flavor. Whenever you are ready, simply peel* and enjoy!
*If you need a refresher, instructions for peeling crayfish can be found here.