Preparation / Directions:
Earlier crayfish was abundant in most Swedish fresh waters. However,
in early 20th century a severe fungus infection has diminished the crayfish
stock considerably. Most of the crayfish consumed in Sweden today is
from Turkey and the U.S.A.
10 - 20 river crayfishes per person (alive!)
plenty of dill (best is to use the inflorescences, if not available dill
sprigs will do)
enough water to cover the crayfishes
2 tablespoons of salt per liter of water
Bring the water, the salt and half of the dill to a boil. Add the
10 at a time and let the water come to a biol between the successive
Add the other half of the dill, cover and let boil for 10 minutes.
Leave the crayfishes to cool overnight in the refrigerator, submerged in the
When ready to serve, pour off the brine and remove the soggy dill. Arrange
crayfish on a platter and garnish with dill inflorescences.
Serve together with buttered toast and "snaps" (Swedish aquavit). At a
crayfish party, it is mandatory to sing each time you take a "snaps". Most
meat is in the tail. Simply twist off the tail section from the rest of the
body and split it open.