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Steamed Seafood Boil

Steamed Seafood Boil

This Seafood Boil recipe is the perfect for summer full of shrimp, potatoes, corn and more! Enjoy this perfect recipe spread out on a big table table with some great wine! It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family.

This Steamed Seafood Boil makes A LOT, so if you are looking to WOW a crowd this summer, this would be a great go-to dish.

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

This is our go-to recipe for BBQ’s, holidays and celebrations. We do a lot of our own clamming, fishing and crabbing here in New Jersey, so for us, fresh seafood is always aplenty! 

You should see people’s faces when they see this seafood boil recipe come on out to enjoy! We often make this recipe when we are having a get together or when we go on big family vacations. It really is the best parts about summer to me!

We could eat seafood every night of the week. Some of our favorite recipes using shrimp and crabs include crab cakeschili lime shrimpstuffed flounder and this Steamed Seafood Recipe. 

In this recipe, you’ll find fresh seafood like clams, lobster and shrimp! Along with kielbasa, red potatoes and fresh corn on the cob. Everything is steamed in a mixture of water, old bay and your favorite white wine. 

Here’s how you make a seafood boil! 

Be sure to read the printable recipe card because that is where I have the full recipe instructions, ingredient list and recommended products.

Shopping List:

  • kielbasa, sliced 
  • chopped yellow onion
  • dry white wine or beer 
  • salt, old bay seasoning, 1-2 bay leaves
  • lemon 
  • small red potatoes, cut into quarters (although baby potatoes work fine)
  • sweet corn
  • cleaned fresh shrimp 
  • littleneck or manila clams
  • lemon halves
  • and for extra fun, some lobster tails, snow crab legs or king crab legs (we only add this if it’s on sale)
  • You will also need a large pot or big pot.

In a large stockpot:

  • Brown sliced Kielbasa on the bottom of your steam pot for 5-8 minutes,
  • Add chopped onions and cook until they are translucent,
  • Add dry white wine, salt, lemon and cups of water to the pot. Add your bay leaves.
  • Cover the pot and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Cook for 30 minutes.
  • 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 the table. I cover the table with layers of newspaper or paper towel to make for an easy clean up. Serve this easy recipe with lemon wedges, extra old bay, with some melted butter and tartar sauce or cocktail sauce. I also like to put out large bowls with a cup of the broth for dipping.

What else can you add to this Delicious Dish?

Cajun Spices, Creole Seasoning, minced garlic, your favorite Cajun sauce or hot sauce, red onion and red pepper flakes are all a great option.

steamed seafood boil recipe

 Some tips to making this Seafood Boil Recipe:

  • The bigger the shrimp the better, so try jumbo shrimp if available. 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 or andouille sausage instead
  • Definitely use fresh corn, 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 to 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.
  • I also love having some bread or cheddar biscuits on the side to soak up all of the delicious juices from the boil. 
steamed seafood boil recipe
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Steamed Seafood Boil

Steamed Seafood Boil

Yield: 8
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
This Seafood Boil recipe is the perfect for summer full of shrimp, potatoes, corn and more! Enjoy this perfect recipe spread out on a big table table with some great wine! It's a great way to spend time with friends and family.

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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    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

    Kim

    Saturday 9th of August 2014

    Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing at the Bloggers Brag Pinterest Party.

    Kimberly

    Monday 4th of August 2014

    Yummy! Pinned. I'm always impressed with your creations. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. I can't wait to see what you have been working on! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/ Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

    momma lew

    Monday 4th of August 2014

    Awh thank you Kim! I appreciate your support so much!!! I'll be sure to come by tonight!!!!

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