Mama Olowo's Secret: How Crayfish Powder Takes Your African Cooking to the Next Level

My grandma, Mrs Bernice Adeosun (Mama Olowo) was a sorceress in the kitchen. Her stews always simmered with a depth of flavor that tickle my taste buds. The secret? A seafood – crayfish.

Now, I know what you might be thinking. Crayfish? Isn't that just a smaller cousin of lobster? Well, yes, but in the world of African cuisine, it's so much more. It increases the aroma of food and elevates a simple dish to a masterpiece. Crayfish is either used whole or grounded into powder for seasoning all sorts of dishes.

Here's how to incorporate crayfish into your dishes:

  • Soups and stews: A little goes a long way! Add a handful of whole crayfish or a teaspoon of crayfish powder to your favorite soups and stews like Nigerian egusi or Ogbono. Enjoy that satisfying crunch when you bite into a tender piece of crayfish in your stew.
  • Jollof rice: No West African feast is complete without Jollof rice.Take your jollof rice to the next level with a sprinkle of crayfish powder. It adds a savory touch that complements the spices.
  • Vegetables: Sautéed greens, okra, or vegetables benefit from a touch of crayfish powder for an extra layer of flavor.

Ready to experience the magic of crayfish in your African cooking? Here are a few tips:

  • Start Slow: Crayfish powder can be potent. Begin with a small amount and adjust to your taste.
  • Unlock the Flavor: Using dried whole crayfish? Soak them in hot water for 15-20 minutes before using to release the full flavor of whole crayfish.
  • Toasting is your friend: Toasting whole crayfish in a dry pan before adding them intensifies their flavor. Trust me, that extra step makes a world of difference.

Pro Tip: Not a fan of picking through shells? Opt for crayfish powder for an easier way to add that amazing flavor. 

Calling All African Food Enthusiasts!

At Flourish Spices and African Food, we're passionate about bringing African ingredients to your kitchen. We offer high-quality crayfish powder and whole crayfish, alongside a collection of African spices and pantry staples. Don't wait to taste the magic of crayfish in your African dishes. Visit our website today to purchase or pouch or two.

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