What is a Seafood Boil
Many people ask the question of how to make a seafood boil or what is in a seafood boil? A Seafood Boil features 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 cooked potatoes until soft, which will be about 20 minutes. Remove the potatoes and put them in a covered pan. Add the corn and cook the corn in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Add the seafood you have chosen for and cook until done. Shrimp, mussels or clams will only take a few minutes. Mussels and clams will open when they are cooked thoroughly. Shrimp only take about a minute to cook in boiling water.
Crab legs are usually already cooked if they come 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”.
Our Crab Boil recipes use the same ingredients as a Shrimp Boil, Smoked Sausage, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. The only difference is to substitute crabs for shrimp.
Use our Shrimp Boil recipe, but substitute Blue Crabs for shrimp. 6 to 8 crabs per adult is a standard serving amount, but if you are a crab lover, feel free to add more crabs.
Crabs generally take about 5 to 7 minutes to cook in boiling water. The crabs will have an orange color when they are finished cooking. It is okay to cook the crabs a couple of minutes longer if you prefer.
If you are planning a Crawfish Boil there are two things you want to keep in mind. First, there is a season on a harvesting season for crawfish, so make sure you can get live crawfish. In Louisiana and Texas, Crawfish Season usually runs from December through July. Second, make sure that all your Crawfish are alive as they are going into your cooker.
Dump your cooked crawfish boil on a covered table, grabs some friends, and enjoy.
See our Shrimp Boil Recipe.