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How to Tell Shrimp and Crawfish Apart

How to Tell Shrimp and Crawfish Apart

Shrimp is one of the most popular dishes in many world cuisines. Even if you don’t recognize crawfish right away, you can still learn more about it and how to distinguish it from shrimp!

There are plenty of reasons to love seafood. After all, even though you might find some of it unappealing at first, over time, your tastes will change. Shrimp is one of the most popular dishes in many world cuisines. Even if you don’t recognize crawfish right away, you can still learn more about it and how to distinguish it from shrimp!

Shrimp 

Shrimp is an umbrella term. Why is this the case? There are almost 2,000 species of shrimp and other small crustaceans out there. They can be found in both saltwater and freshwater. As we said, they are popular inclusions in menus around the world, from Asia to the Caribbean. They are so versatile that you can eat them on their own or pair them with rice or pasta. We have many different shrimp offerings on our menu here at Costas Inn, so be sure to stop on it and wash it down with a cold beverage of your choice! Shrimp are neutral in flavor and make an excellent base for many different sauces, seasonings, and spices. That’s why they can be boiled, fried, baked, or grilled.   

Crawfish

Crawfish are also known as crayfish. Unlike shrimp, they are a freshwater-only species. They are even smaller than their cousins since they max out at four inches, where shrimp can grow to be eight inches long. They’re usually found in the mud at the bottom of rivers and lakes, which might make them harder to find. They are only seasonal, and this means that you only have a short time to try them between January and July. The crawfish is an icon of Cajun cooking, and most of the time you eat them, they are boiled first before being served. Plus, they are often thrown into various specialty dishes such as jambalaya, etouffee, and Cajun rice.

YOUR SEAFOOD DESTINATION

Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today, as well as #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!

 

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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 699 reviews
4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
410-477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes
Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes