Seafood Boil

What is a Seafood Boil

Seafood Boil

Many people ask how to make a seafood boil or what is a seafood boil? Simply put, they feature more than one type of seafood. For example, a ShrimpCrab, 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.

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Seafood Boil Sides

Some great seafood boil sides include Cole Slaw, Corn Bread, and Hush Puppies. Click here for a more complete list of ideas for Seafood Boil side dishes. We also have included some desert ideas also.

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 Corn on the Cob
  • 2 pounds of Red Potatoes
  • 2 pounds of Smoked Sausage cut into 2 oz. pieces.
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In a pot of boiling water, cook the potatoes until soft. A fork should be able to pass through 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 5 minutes. The corn will float in the water when fully cooked. Add the seafood you have chosen for your other ingredients and cook until done. Read the following section below for the cook times of different types of seafood.

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Seafood Boil

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 5 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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Cook Time

How long is a seafood boil’s cook time? A seafood boil should take about 35 minutes to finish cooking. The potatoes will take the longest to cook, around 20 to 25 minutes. Corn on the cob will take about 5 minutes to cook. Smoked Sausage will cook for about 3 or 4 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 5 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.

Can a seafood boil be keto diet-friendly?

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