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Seafood Boil Recipe

Seafood lovers are going love this easy seafood boil recipe! that will please a crowd, look no further! This dish is simple to make and can be adapted to include your favorite seafood. 

This hearty meal is perfect for those warm summer nights when you want to enjoy a delicious meal outdoors like at a backyard party. Gather your friends and family around the table for some good food!

The best part? Cleanup is a breeze – just toss everything in a large pot!

A seafood boil is particularly popular in the south. It’s full of seafood like jumbo shrimp and clams, along with potatoes, corn and sausage. It’s steamed all in one big post. Seasonings like Old Bay and lots of butter add flavor. You may also have heard this recipe called a shrimp boil, crab boil, cajun seafood boil, crawfish boil or a low country boil.

If you are looking for a new seafood recipe, be sure to check these out: crab cakes, chili lime shrimp, stuffed flounder, sweet and sour shrimp, beer battered fish or herb grilled salmon.

How to Make the Ultimate Seafood Boil

Ingredients

  • 1 lb kielbasa, sliced
  • 2 chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 quarts water
  • 1 cup old bay seasoning
  • 3 lbs red bliss potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 1 1/2-2 lb whole live lobsters
  • 3 dozen little neck clams
  • 6 ears sweet corn, halved
  • 2 dozen fresh shrimp, cleaned

Instructions

Brown sliced Kielbasa on the bottom of your large stockpot for 5-8 minutes,

Add chopped onions and cook until they are translucent,

Make the cooking liquid by adding dry white wine, salt, lemon wedges and cups of water to the pot. Add your bay leaves.

Cover pot and bring to a good boil.

Cook for 30 minutes on medium-high heat.

Add Old Bay or your favorite seafood boil seasoning of your choice and increase the heat.

Add the steamer basket to the bottom of your pot and add red potatoes. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Add your whole live lobsters (if using), clams, and corn, halved. Return to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.

Add shrimp and cook through, about 5 minutes. Shrimp cooks very quickly, so add these at the end so they don’t get overcooked.

Use a slotted spoon to spread out your boil in a single layer in the center of a picnic table or on a large platter. I cover the table with layers of newspaper or paper towel to make for an easy clean up. Serve this easy recipe with lemon halves, extra old bay, with some melted butter and tartar sauce or cocktail sauce.

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What else can you add to this Delicious Dish?

A blend of spices such as Cajun Seasoning, Creole Seasoning, minced garlic cloves or garlic powder, celery salt, your favorite Cajun sauce or hot sauce, red onion and red pepper flakes are all a great option to make a flavorful broth.

You can also add different types of seafood such as dungeness crab legs, king crab legs, snow crab legs or manila clams.

steamed seafood boil recipe

Some tips to making this Seafood Boil Recipe:

  • The bigger the shrimp the better, so try jumbo raw shrimp if available. Shrimp shrink as they cook, so smaller shrimp wouldn’t work here. 
  • You can use hearty potatoes such as baby red potatoes or small new potatoes
  • Definitely use fresh corn cobs, it’s worth it! But, in a pinch frozen corn will have to do.
  • Since this is a fresh seafood dish, leftovers or making this steamed seafood boil ahead of time doesn’t really work too well. 
  • You can cook this recipe on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lay all of your ingredients flat on the sheet pan, cut up a stick of butter and bake until everything is finished.
  • Enjoy this great recipe with a spicy butter sauce or garlic butter sauce
  • I also love having some bread or cheddar biscuits on the side to soak up all of the delicious juices from the boil. 
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What is the Best Sausage for a Seafood Boil?

For a seafood boil, I would recommend using a spicy sausage that is flavorful. A good option would be andouille sausage or chorizo. Both of these sausages are packed with flavor and will add spice to your seafood boil. You can also try chicken sausage or chicken andouille sausage.

Seafood Boil Recipe

Seafood Boil Recipe

Yield: 8
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
This easy seafood boil recipe will please a crowd. A spicy seafood boil is easy to make and easily adaptable to include your favorite seafood.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb kielbasa, sliced
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 qts ice water
  • 1 cup old bay
  • 3 lbs red bliss potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 1 1/2-2 lb whole live lobsters
  • 3 dozen little neck clams
  • 6 ears corn, halved
  • 2 dozen shrimp, cleaned

Instructions

    1. Slice and Brown the Kielbasa on the bottom of a steam pot for 5-8 minutes,
    2. Add 2 chopped onions and cook until they are translucent,
    3. Add 3 cups of dry white wine, 1 cup of salt, juice of 1 lemon and 14-16 cups of ice water to the pot.
    4. Cover the pot and let it come to a boil.
    5. Cook for 30 minutes.
    6. Add 1 cup of Old Bay and increase the heat.
    7. Add the steamer basket to the bottom of your pan and add 3 lbs of red bliss potatoes. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
    8. Add 2 1 1/2-2lbs whole live lobsters, 3 dozen little neck clams, and 6 ears of corn, halved. Return to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
    9. Add 2 dozen shrimp and cook through, about 5 minutes.

    Notes

    • The bigger the shrimp the better. Shrimp shrink as they cook, so I smaller shrimp wouldn't work here. 
    • You can use red or yellow potatoes, or a mix! 
    • No Kielbasa? Use Bratwurst instead. 
    • Definitely use fresh corn, it's worth it! 
    • Since this is a fresh seafood dish, leftovers or making this steamed seafood boil ahead of time doesn't really work to well. 
    • Serve your steamed seafood boil with lemon wedges and butter.
    • I also love having some bread or cheddar biscuits on the side to soak up all of the delicious juices from the boil. 

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    Patricia Witt

    Sunday 12th of September 2021

    I've got all of my ingredients and I'm ready to get this going.

    Al Summers

    Wednesday 21st of July 2021

    Does the kielbasa and onions stay in the bottom under the steamer or do they get put in with the rest?

    momma lew

    Thursday 22nd of July 2021

    They get put in and mixed with everything else.

    LOLO

    Saturday 22nd of August 2020

    This is a simple and perfect for summer fun eating! Will be steam boiling this today! Thank you Mamma Lew!

    June S.

    Sunday 19th of October 2014

    (Steamed Seafood Boil) Oh, my I don't know how I missed this. I could eat seafood all the time, I really like eating any type of broiled fish-

    Carol L

    Saturday 11th of October 2014

    OMG ! I love seafood all year long. Thanks for sharing this recipe. My daughter is going to love this. Definitely going to try it out. Carol L

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