Kräftskiva! In Scandinavia, August is all about CRAYFISH!

Kräftskiva is a Scandinavian tradition.  August is crafish harvest time and everyone loves to celebrate by throwing an outdoor party with a ton of fresh crayfish and dill, paper lanterns and good friends! (and maybe a little aquavit!)\


You will need:


1 large bunch of crown dill

1bottle of stout beer

3 tablespoons sugar

12 cups water

1/5 cup salt

4 1/2 lb live crayfish

  1. In a large pot heat up the dill, beer, sugar, water and salt and set aside.
  2. In another large pot bring water to the boil.
  3. Cook the crayfish a few at a time for about 30 seconds, or until they turn bright red.
  4. Put them directly into the stout water.
  5. Once all the crayfish are in the stout water, let them simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Cool and leave in the water in the refrigerator overnight.
  7. Drain the water and serve.


Crayfish are also called CRAWDADS in many parts of the US.

Photography by Susanna Blavarg

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