seafood boil recipe

A seafood boil is a classic dish featuring a variety of shellfish, corn, potatoes, and other flavorful ingredients boiled together in a large pot with aromatic spices. Here’s a basic recipe to make a delicious seafood boil at home:


– 4 quarts water
– 1 lemon, halved
– 1 onion, quartered
– 4 cloves garlic, smashed
– 2 bay leaves
– 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning (or more, to taste)
– 1 tablespoon salt
– 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
– 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
– 1 teaspoon whole mustard seeds
– 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
– 1 pound small red potatoes, halved
– 2 ears of corn, shucked and cut into thirds
– 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 2-inch pieces
– 1 pound large shrimp, shell-on
– 1 pound crab legs or clusters
– 1 pound mussels, scrubbed and debearded (optional)
– 1 pound clams, scrubbed (optional)
– Melted butter, for serving
– Lemon wedges, for serving
– Cocktail sauce, for serving (optional)
– Hot sauce, for serving (optional)


1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, combine the water, lemon halves, onion, garlic, bay leaves, Old Bay seasoning, salt, peppercorns, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, and cayenne pepper (if using). Bring to a boil over high heat.

2. Once the broth is boiling, add the halved red potatoes to the pot and cook for about 10 minutes, until they are just starting to soften.

3. Add the corn and smoked sausage to the pot and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

4. Add the crab legs or clusters to the pot and cook for 5 minutes.

5. Finally, add the shrimp, mussels, and clams (if using) to the pot. Cover the pot and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and opaque and the mussels and clams have opened. Discard any mussels or clams that do not open.

6. Once everything is cooked through, carefully remove the seafood and vegetables from the pot using a slotted spoon and transfer them to a large serving platter or bowl.

7. Serve the seafood boil with melted butter, lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, and hot sauce on the side.

8. Enjoy your delicious seafood boil with friends and family!

Feel free to customize this seafood boil recipe by adding other shellfish or seafood of your choice, such as crawfish, lobster tails, or scallops. You can also adjust the seasoning to your taste preferences by adding more or less Old Bay seasoning, salt, or cayenne pepper.


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