Where to Get Crawfish in Houston for $10 or Less Per Pound

Kitchen Special Crawfish at Cajun Kitchen

The Texas crawfish season generally runs from the beginning of January through the end of July, with the peak of the season occuring during the spring months. However this season has been off to a slow start. Due to several months of high temperatures and dry conditions that are unfavorable for crawfish production, prices at the beginning of the season were as high as $14 to $16 per pound. While diners are hankering to get their fix, the high prices have kept them at bay, which has had some unfortunate consequences for some local seafood places. 

However, now that it’s later in the season, prices are starting to drop, and restaurants are passing on the savings to guests with discounted prices and daily specials. During the spring, prices typically hover around $7 a pound but this year, anything under $10 is a steal. We’ve put together a list of places selling mudbugs for $10 a pound or less. The prices cited here were current as of press time. However, please note that these can and do change based on the market. Call or check restaurant websites for more information before making your way to your favorite seafood spot. 

Boiling Dragon, 11625 Broadway: Owner and chef Harold Wong’s Pearland neighborhood restaurant serves up “Asian-Cajun” cuisine. Crawfish is offered daily and is currently $9.99 per pound for the original Cajun flavor. It’s an extra $1 per pound for the garlic butter or Thai flavors. Load up and take advantage of its current buy 5 pounds get the 6th pound free promotion. Alongside seafood boils, the menu includes Cajun fare such as boudin balls and gumbo as well as fusion favorites such as Korean tacos and bao. It is open daily from noon to 9 p.m. but stays open an hour later on Friday and Saturday. 

Cajun Kitchen, 6938 Wilcrest: The casual Viet-Cajun restaurant in Chinatown is the kind of place you come to with friends to feast on everything from Cajun dishes such as gumbo and turkey necks to Vietnamese specialties such as coconut sea snails and seafood fried rice. But the well-sauced crawfish is the highlight, and diners can choose from garlic butter or Thai Basil flavors. Louisiana crawfish is currently priced at $9.99 a pound when you buy 6 pounds or more. It is open daily from noon to 10 p.m.

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Seafood Boil from Clutch City Crawfish. Courtesy Photo.

Clutch City Crawfish: This locally owned caterer combines the traditions of Louisiana with the innovative flavors of Houston. During the season, it does pop-ups bringing its seafood and crawfish boils to different locations in the city. This year, find them at 8th Wonder Brewery at 2202 Dallas on Saturdays in April and May and New Magnolia Brewery in the Heights at 1616 Bevis on Sundays. For Easter weekend, the crawfish is $8.99 per pound. It comes in its signature CC’s sauce, or its Vietnamese style, with a blend of Viet spices, fresh garlic, Thai basil and cilantro.

Close-up of cooked crawfish with lots of seasonings
Cottonwood is offering crawfish and mimosa specials throughout the season. Photo courtesy of Cottonwood.

Cottonwood, 3422 North Shepherd: During crawfish season, the Garden Oaks bar and grill does the weekends right with its Mudbugs and Mimosas deal. Sit outside in the expansive outdoor area and enjoy chef Zachary McClendon’s boiled crawfish, currently priced at $8.99 per pound and $6 mimosa carafes. The special runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until it sells out. It is closed on Monday with varying hours during the week. 

Crawfish at Flying Fish
Cajun crawfish boil at Flying Fish. Courtesy Photo.

Flying Fish, 1815 North Durham: Once home to a gas station, this laid-back Heights seafood spot has one of the best patios in the area to enjoy a crawfish boil. The Cajun seasoned crawfish here is currently priced at $9.95 a pound. Grab a couple of pounds of mudbugs along with Southern favorites like shrimp jambalaya, shrimp and grits and fried catfish. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and stays open an extra hour until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

Hot and Buttered, 2702 North Shepherd: During crawfish season, you’ll find this pop-up shop next to Tikila’s in the Heights. Grab one of the tables set up in a shared space, or have a seat at the tropical-themed outdoor patio bar. Crawfish and other seafood boil options come in Cajun, garlic butter or the signature Hot and Buttered Sauce at the desired spice level. The current price for crawfish is 5 pounds for $45. Hot and Buttered’s weekly schedule varies, but typical hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m.

An order of Classic Crawfish from Josephine's Gulf Coast Tradition. Courtesy photo.
An order of Classic Crawfish from Josephine’s Gulf Coast Tradition. Courtesy photo.

Josephine’s Gulf Coast Tradition, 318 Gray: When it comes to seafood, this Gulf Coast-themed Midtown spot offers a variety of dishes including oysters, smoked redfish dip, amberjack crudo and blue crab fingers, but right now executive chef Lucas McKinney and his team are getting serious about crawfish. Live, boiled crawfish is offered daily from lunch service until sold out. The crawfish is currently priced at $10 a pound and comes in original Cajun or rich, butter sauce. Josephine’s is open for lunch service Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner and open an extra hour later on Friday.  On Saturday and Sunday it stays open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and brunch service is currently paused to concentrate on crawfish season. Reservations are recommended and can be made on Resy.

LTK Crawfish, 7020 North Eldridge Parkway: This unassuming, counter-service Cajun seafood restaurant often sells out of crawfish by the early afternoon. Regulars know to get there early to get in on the boiled crawfish, shrimp fried rice, boudin balls and other Creole classics. The mudbugs are currently priced at $8.99 per pound. Choose from traditional Cajun, Cajun Garlic Butter or Cajun Texas Dust (a dry seasoning blend). Spice level starts at medium so it’s for those who want a kick to their crawfish. LTK is open Wednesday through Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A tray of boiled crawfish with Crack Sauce at Lotus Seafood. Photo courtesy of Lotus Seafood and Taylor Torres.
A tray of boiled crawfish with Crack Sauce at Lotus Seafood. Photo courtesy of Lotus Seafood and Taylor Torres.

Lotus Seafood, multiple locations: The local seafood chain has been bringing seafood to the Houston area for over 16 years. Offerings include fried and boiled seafood by the pound, po-boys, chicken wings, and seafood rice or noodles. During the season, fresh crawfish is served with a choice of custom heat levels from mild to a brow-sweating Spicy X5. The signature “Crack Sauce” is also always available for dipping or drenching. With a recent price drop, crawfish is now $9 per pound and is available at all five locations. Check the closest location for opening hours before heading out.

Garlic Butter crawfish
Garlic butter crawfish at Reel Seafood. Courtesy Photo.

Reel Seafood & Bar, 2030 East T.C. Jester: Formerly located in Missouri City, this casual seafood and wings joint brings its Viet-Cajun fare to Shady Acres. Seafood boils are offered year-round along with Cajun staples like gumbo, gator bites and turkey necks, as well as fried chicken wings available in sixteen different flavors. Crawfish is king during the season. Flavor choices include Cajun, garlic butter, lemon pepper, a mix of the three or fragrant Tom Yum. Choose a spice level, such as the Atomic, which lives up to the name. The current price for crawfish is $10 a pound, but get even more of a deal  Monday through Thursday when an order of 4 pounds will get you 1 pound free. The restaurant is open daily from noon to 9:30 p.m. and stays open an extra hour on Friday and Saturday.

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Crawfish in Southside sauce at South X Saigon. Courtesy Photo.

South X Saigon, 3991 South Gessner: At this casual, Viet-Cajun restaurant in Westchase, owner and chef Skip Nguyen brings a little bit of Southern comfort to his dishes. Get gumbo, boudin balls and hush puppies alongside egg rolls, fried soft-shell crab and lúc lắc (Vietnamese shaking beef). When crawfish season rolls around, diners flock there for fresh, boiled crawfish in the signature Southside sauce. Crawfish is offered daily and is now priced at $8.99 per pound. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 9 p.m.

Winnie’s, 3622 Main: Crawfish is now available at this late night Cajun-Creole patio bar in Midtown. The vibrant spot is known for its creative sandwiches and craft cocktails but during the season get boiled crawfish along with shrimp or turkey poboys, queso and frozen drinks. They are currently priced at $9 per pound with a minimum order of 3 pounds. Winnie’s opens daily at 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and stays open until midnight Thursday through Saturday. 

H-Town Bang Crawfish at Saigon House.
H-Town Bang Crawfish that was served at Saigon House is now available at Xin Chao. Photo by Ryan Baker.

Xin Chào, 2310 Decatur: The unfortunate closing of sister restaurant Saigon House’s brick-and-mortar location hasn’t stopped owner and chef Tony Nguyen from serving boiled crawfish in his signature H-town Bang sauce (a rich and spicy garlic butter-based sauce). At his modern Vietnamese-American restaurant in the Heights, crawfish season is very much underway. From Monday through Thursday get 5 pounds for $40. Other daily specials and a menu of Vietnamese classics and dishes with fusion flavors make it a great spot for diners to get their crawfish fix. It is open Monday to Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made on Resy

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