GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – Two local businesses are harvesting Minnesota Crayfish to help Woman Lake's ecosystem from the invasive crayfish while providing restaurants with unique menu offerings.

Mike Higgins of The Fish Guys and Josh Thoma from Smack Shack stopped by KARE Saturday to share their recipe for Crayfish boil.


Crayfish Boil


1 pound Minnesota Crayfish

4 ounces new red potatoes

2 ounces Kielbasa Sausage -- cut into 1" pieces

1/2 each corn cob -- shucked and cut into 1" pieces

1/2 cup clarified butter

2 each white onion -- peeled and quartered

1 1/4 pounds Old Bay seafood seasoning

1 tablespoon cajun seasoning

1 tablespoon salt


1. Fill a large stock pot with water, add onions and 1 lb Old Bay seasoning. Bring it to a boil.

2. Drop potatoes into the pot first, cook for 7 minutes.

3. Add the corn and sausage to the potatoes, cook for 4 more minutes.

4. Add crayfish to the pot. Cook vegetables, sausage, and crayfish together for an additional 4 minutes or until crayfish is bright red and floats to the surface.

5. Remove vegetables, sausage, and crayfish from stock pot using a strainer or a slotted spoon and transfer into a mixing bowl.

6. Toss with 1 Tbsp Old Bay, 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning, salt to taste, clarified butter.

Smack Shack is hosting a Crayfest event on Saturday, August 16 with a Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil. They expect to serve 2,000 pounds of crayfish. There will be all-you-can-eat crayfish and live music. Tickets are $50 at the door. Visit for more information.