Crayfish

Ecrevisse

Appears in

A Feast of Fish

A Feast of Fish

By Ian McAndrew

Published 1989

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The crayfish is a freshwater shellfish which once could be found in rivers everywhere, but, thanks to pollution, is now very rare in the wild. They are, however, extensively farmed in Europe as well as other parts of the world, although they are still expensive and difficult to get hold of.

There are two main varieties: the red claw (pattes rouge) which is a very rich red and has quite meaty claws; the other type is smaller but more common and is a greeny brown in colour. Both varieties turn bright red like lobsters when cooked.