Seafood Boil Recipe and Cooking Tips
Check out our easy seafood boil recipe and cooking tips. First, what is a seafood boil? Simply put, they feature more than one type of seafood. For example, a Shrimp, Crab, or Crawfish Boil contain one type of seafood.
Other types of ingredients that you can add are Snow Crab Legs, Lobster, Mussels, Clams, Scallops, or any other type of seafood you would like to add. So, by adding one or more of these other ingredients, your Shrimp Boil can become a delicious Seafood Boil! Use our simple recipe below. We leave the types of seafood and the amount up to the chef.
Is A Seafood Boil Healthy
Is a Seafood Boil Healthy? A seafood Boil usually contains several types of seafood like shrimp, crab, mussels, clams, or lobster. These ingredients are high in protein, low in fat, and have little if any, carbohydrates. So eaten in moderation, a seafood boil could be considered a healthy meal.
To make a more keto-diet-friendly seafood boil, switch out the corn on the cob and potatoes for low-carb ingredients like onions or mushrooms. Also, use melted butter for a condiment instead of cocktail sauce. However, you can make a more keto-friendly cocktail sauce.
Seafood Boil Sides
Some great seafood boil sides include Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, and Hush Puppies. Click here for a list of ideas for Seafood Boil side dishes. We also have included some desert ideas.
Seafood Boil Recipe
Serves 6. Cook time is about 40 minutes.
- Shrimp, Crab, Crab Legs, Mussels, Clams, Lobster Tails, or Scallops.(Your choice)
- 8 to 10 pieces of Corn on the Cob
- 2 pounds of Red Potatoes
- Two pounds of Smoked Sausage cut into 2 oz. pieces.
In a pot of boiling water, cook the potatoes until soft. A fork should be able to penetrate the potatoes without much resistance, but the potatoes should still be firm. If the skin starts to separate from the potato, you cooked them too long. If the skins have begun to separate from the potatoes, let them cool down before covering them.
Remove the potatoes and put them in a covered pan. Aluminum foil works great as a cover.
Add the corn and cook them in boiling water for about five minutes. The corn will float in the water when fully cooked. Add the seafood you have chosen for your seafood boil and cook until done. Read the following section below for the cook times of different types of seafood.
King or Snow Crab legs have already been cooked if they come frozen in a package. So, you only need to cook the crab legs long enough to warm them up. Cooking the crab legs will take about five minutes in boiling water. Combine all the ingredients in a pan, season with Old Bay Seasoning, and serve.
Also, regardless of the size, a pound of shrimp is a pound of shrimp, so you might want to use more tender medium-size shrimp. Jumbo Shrimp will not be as tender. Also, smaller clams are more tender than large clams. Large clams are sometimes called “chowder clams,” and smaller clams are sometimes called “cherry clams.”
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How long is a seafood boil’s cook time? A seafood boil should take about forty minutes to finish cooking. The potatoes will take the longest to cook, around twenty to twenty-five minutes.
Corn on the cob will take about five minutes to cook. Smoked Sausage will cook for about three or four minutes. The Sausage will be plumped when it has finished cooking.
The seafood will take different amounts of time to cook. Shrimp, clams, and mussels only take a couple of minutes to cook. Lobster tails, crab, and crab legs will take around five to seven minutes to cook. The cook times are based on whether the water is at or near a rolling boil. Watch this short video about what is a rolling boil.
Cocktail sauce and garlic butter and two of the most popular condiments.