One of the reasons I love summer weather is because of this dish, a good seafood crab boil. I typically make this during summer and fall seasons and my family love it. This is a great dish especially if you’re planning on feeding a lot of people. It also makes the seafood stretch, everything gets cooked in the same pot, it’s loaded with lots of flavor and it’s always fun to eat. Sometimes, after it’s finished cooking, I dig into the pot, grab all the seafood and ingredients and plate it, no, not really plate it, more like throw it over butcher block paper in the center of the table and let everyone dig in. It makes for a fun way to enjoy the food and clean up afterwards is much easier because all you need to do is roll up the shells in the paper and dispose of it. I also tend to use the broth as a dipping sauce for the bread. This is always a great hit, doesn’t require side dishes except for garlic bread because the sides are cooked with the seafood.
This recipe contains shrimp, crab legs, claws, crawdads/crawfish, clams, baby octopus (opt.), onions, potatoes, and corn on the cob. The seafood sometimes varies depending on availability but I can tell you, it’s always yummy!
Everything is then steamed/boiled in a huge pot with lots of garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, parsley, old bay seasoning, lots of butter, water, lemon juice, and some white wine. I don’t cover the seafood with lots of fluid because I think it makes the seafood a little too mushy for my family’s liking. I add enough to steam the ingredients and enough so that it doesn’t evaporate during the cooking process. Make sure to keep an eye on the liquid. Now come on, doesn’t that sound wonderful? You can never go wrong with a good seafood crab boil and it’s a guarantee that people will be returning for more.
This seriously is a delicious meal if you are into seafood! If you’d like to see more of what I cook, please visit me at https://www.instagram.com/mycreativekneads/
Alright, enough said, let’s get cooking!