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Crayfish Bruschetta Grilled Red Claw With Lemon & Dill Butter

Australian Red Claw crayfish is a delicacy in Australia with the texture and flavor of the flesh comparing very favorably with other commonly eaten marine crustaceans. Fresh red claw have a smooth lustrous shell, deep blue to green in color, with males exhibiting a bright red coloring on the margins of their large claws. Cooked, they present as bright red, typical of premium crustaceans. The meat is arguably more healthy than traditional seafood products as it is low in fat, cholesterol and salt. The meat is moist and firm, sweet and delicate, the claws are the sweetest. The Australian Red Claw is comparable to a fresh lobster. The meat is a great addition to pasta (ravioli) filling, an addition to salads, and seafood platters, or use the Red Claw as an entrée. Red Claw are also ideal for soups and bisques, they can also be barbecued, steamed, grilled and pan fried, in and out of the shell.

Preparation For Cooking

Before cutting the redclaw crayfish or removing the tails, put them on ice or in the fridge for an hour or two to put them to sleep. This will make preparation easier. To remove the digested food track from the crayfish tails snap off the centre tail fin and pull the food trail out.

Red claw crayfish can be prepared by boiling in much the same way as other crustaceans. The cooked crayfish should be a red color all over with the flesh evenly white .Red claw are great cooked on the BBQ or under the grill. Cut Redclaw in halves, wash, season with seasoning of your choice and cook. Brush the meat with seasoned butter or oils and garlic, chives or dill. A few minutes cooking on each side is all it takes.