Seafood Boil

What is a Seafood Boil

Seafood Boil
Seafood Boil

Many people ask how do I make a seafood boil or what is a seafood boil? Simply put, they feature more than one type of seafood. A Shrimp, Crab, or Crawfish Boil each contain one type of seafood. Other types of ingredients that you can add are Live Blue Crabs, Snow Crab Legs, Lobster, Mussels, Clams, Scallops, or any other type of seafood that will work well. So by adding one or more types of seafood, 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.

Seafood Boil Recipe

Serves 6. Cook time is about 40 minutes.

  • Shrimp, Crab, Crab Legs, Mussels, Clams, Lobster Tails, or Scallops.
  • 8 to 10 pieces Corn on the Cob
  • 2 pounds of Red Potatoes
  • 2 pounds of Smoked Sausage cut into 2 oz. pieces.

In a pot of boiling water cook the potatoes until soft, which will be about 20 minutes. A fork should be able to pass through the potato witout much resistance. Remove the potatoes and put them in a covered pan.

Add the corn and cook the corn in boiling water for about 5 minutes. The corn should float in the water when fully cooked. Add the seafood you have chosen for your boil and cook until done.

Shrimp, mussels or clams will only take a few minutes to cook. Mussels and clams will open when they are cooked thoroughly. Shrimp only take about a minute to cook in boiling water.(Video)

You might want to cook Lobster tails, instead of a whole lobster, since most of the meat in a lobster comes from the tail and the claws.

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Crab legs are usually already cooked if they come frozen in a package, so you only need to cook the crab legs long enough to warm them up. This will take about 5 minutes in boiling water. Combine all the ingredients in a pan, season with Old Bay Seasoning and serve.

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 referred to as “chowder clams” and smaller clams are sometimes called “cherry clams”.

Cocktail sauce and garlic butter and two of the most popular condiments.

Can a seafood boil be keto diet-friendly?

Also try our Blackened Mahi Mahi recipe or our Deep Fried Shrimp recipe.

See our Shrimp Boil Recipe.