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Seafood Boil

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Seafood Boil. You’ve maybe heard it called many names: Frogmore Stew, Beaufort Stew, Lowcountry boil, Louisiana Crawfish boil or a tidewater boil.

Traditionally, you’ll find them in places like Louisiana, South Carolina and New England, as well as some other coastal States that focus on their regional seafood and side dishes. There is no written rule as to what goes in the pot, but most agree that it should be well-seasoned!

Ingredients

  • 1-½ cup Old Bay Or Zatarains Seasoning
  • 3 whole Medium Onions With Skin Removed
  • 3 whole Lemons Cut In Half
  • 6 whole Garlic Cloves, Peeled
  • 4 pounds Medium Sized New Potatoes Scrubbed And Left Whole
  • 3 packages (16 0z. Package) Cooked Kielbasa Sausage, Cut Into 1 1/2 Inch Pieces
  • 10 ears Fresh Corn, Husks And Silks Removed (halved)
  • 4 pounds Crab Legs, Broken Into Pieces (I Use King Crab, But Snow Or Queen Is Good Too)
  • 4 pounds Fresh Shrimp, Peeled And Deveined
  • 36 whole Middleneck Clams Washed And Scrubed
  • 36 whole Mussels Scrubbed And Debearded

Preparation

The first time I saw this type of dining, I was kind of looking and thinking, “Hmm, look’s like we’re going to be eating on newspaper?” Well, turns out it’s a fun and great way to entertain if you have a large group to feed. Other than how good this tastes, the best thing is the cleanup! After everybody is done, you just throw all your shells/corn cobs, etc. into the middle of the newspaper and wrap up the ends and just throw it in the trash! Line your table with plastic if it is porous and if you’re concerned it will absorb the juices.

The thing that takes the time here is the preparation of your vegetables and cleaning the shellfish. Other than that, it’s so easy. I get everything prepped before guests arrive and it’s just a matter of throwing everything into a pot! When I say that I’m just going to “throw dinner on the table,” I really mean it!

This is just one variation I make. The ingredients are approximate and it’s always a good idea to test the spices before adding your shellfish. You can also add beer to this recipe if you choose to.

Heat a very large pot of water over an outdoor cooker, or medium-high heat indoors. Sometimes I don’t have a pot large enough, so I will split the recipe into 2. I’ve also heard of people using a turkey fryer, which would work well.

1. Add Old Bay or Cajun Seasoning to taste, and bring to a boil.

2. Add the onions, lemons, garlic, and simmer for about 10 minutes.

3. Add the potatoes and sausage, and simmer for about 10 minutes.

4. Add the corn cook for another 5 minutes.

5. Add the crab/shrimp/clams, bring back to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.

6. Add the mussels last when everything else is almost done and cook for another 3 minutes or until opened. Try not to boil too hard or your potatoes will fall apart. Turn off the heat and let it sit for a 5 minutes.

Drain off the water or scoop everything out with a large paddle-type ladle and pour the contents out onto your newspaper-covered table. Pour a nice cold glass of wine and dig in!

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Dakota on 5.6.2019

Oh my goodness! Sounds perfect, making this for Mothers Day.

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Kevin Richmond on 1.7.2018

Boiled eggs are good to put in it to.

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Teresa (SassySuburbanite.com) on 8.7.2015

I have searched high and low, (on the internet), looking for the crab boil that included crabs and shrimp and everything else I want in it. I found it!! This looks perfect and the weekend is already looking good. I’ll post again after we try it.
Thank you.
Teresa

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Jennifer on 1.8.2016

I have tried many recipes like this but this one is by far the best! I highly recommend it to anyone! So easy and delicious!

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