The secret to a perfectly cooked crayfish is….timing! Crayfish are all too often overcooked – resulting in dry, tough and flavourless meat. To ensure a succulent cray, cook it just until the opaque flesh turns white and avoid using too much salt and water the cooking. Try Rudy Parlak’s’s recipe below for truly sensational grilled crayfish.
1 tablespoon of garlic butter
1 x red onion - chopped
75ml white wine
Thyme leaves (small bunch to taste)
30ml of maple syrup
50ml of olive oil
75ml white wine
1 x large uncooked Crayfish
Handful Mozzarella cheese
Good sprinkle Parmesan powdered cheese
Roasted garlic cloves (to taste)
The best way to kill your cray fish is to drown them in fresh cold water.
Once this is done, turn the crayfish onto its back and plunge the knife into the carapace cutting the cray in half from the head to the tail.
Clean out the stomach contents, and the ''vein'' or canal, that runs through the centre of the tail.
Rinse in cold water to clean the inside out.
Using a medium-heated deep pan (like a big electric frypan) add the 75ml of white wine and 75ml of water.
Place the crayfish halves into the pan – shell side down.
Cover the pan and half cook the crayfish for 3-4min until they turn bright red, and the mixture reduces. Due to the small amount of wine and water – this method partially steams the crayfish. The crayfish will finish cooking under the grill – do not over cook them in the pan.
Remove the crayfish tails and season with salt and pepper.
Add the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese to the top of the crayfish, and garnish with the roasted garlic cloves.
Add olive oil, garlic butter and chopped up
red onions to a deep frying pan.
Fry the onions until they are golden in colour.
Add the 75ml of water and the 75ml of white wine.
Add the thyme leaves.
Reduce the contents to about half.
Add the 50ml of cream to thicken and then remove from the heat
Once off the heat add the 30ml of maple syrup and stir into the sauce.
Now get those tails under a medium-hot grill for 2-3 minutes until the cheese melts and turns golden in colour.
Remove the crayfish from the grill and serve on a fresh mint and rocket salad.
Pour the serving sauce over the top of your crayfish and enjoy with your favourite white wine – absolutely magnificent..