A Southern seafood boil is a delicious feast unlike any other! As one of the most exciting seafood dishes, seafood boils are a great way to get family and friends together and indulge in finger-licking seafood. This South Carolina dish offers a variety of seafood delights, such as tender shrimp, andouille sausage, and Yukon gold potatoes, all cooked together in one big pot with lots of salt, old bay seasoning, black pepper, and butter to bring out all the flavors. Serve it on a newspaper-covered table with lemon wedges, beer, and hot sauce for the perfect experience! Cajun boil, so if this is your first time, no worries because I will show you how to make this easy low-country boil!

Seafood boil

Why You Should Make This Seafood Boil

Why not make this lowcountry boil?! It’s a fun, easy-to-make, and delicious dish that the whole family will love. It’s packed with the freshest flavor from the ocean – from juicy lobster to succulent roasted shrimp; every bite will surely please your taste buds! It’s also a great addition/tradition of South Carolina for the entire family to enjoy! Plus, this seafood boil makes for a great entertaining idea – throw it together for an unforgettable summertime backyard party. So don’t wait any longer – try this seafood boil and discover why it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular meals!

What Is A Seafood Boil

What Is A Seafood Boil, you ask? The ultimate seafood experience is perfect for celebrating with friends and family! A seafood boil is a delicious feast of all sorts of delectable seafood. What’s on offer? Think juicy shrimp, lobster clams, tender mussels, smoky sausages, bay seasoning, garlic butter, bay leaves, and sweet corn. All cooked together in boiling water with aromatic herbs and spices. The result is an unforgettable taste experience with everyone returning for seconds! So, if you’re looking for something extra special to share with your loved ones, why not try a seafood boil?

Ingredients

Seafood Boil

This recipe with crab legs is super easy and can be done within minutes. I’m telling you that making this recipe will be your ultimate gift, especially during the holidays.

  • Crab-leg clusters- Crab-leg clusters are an exciting culinary experience unlike any other. These succulent morsels, delicately layered and filled with sweet, juicy crab meat, will tantalize even the most discriminating palates. Whether served as an appetizer, side dish, or main course, Crab-leg clusters provide a unique taste sensation that diners won’t soon forget. Enjoyed hot out of the oven or cold on a bed of lettuce – Crab-leg clusters are guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for something tasty and different.
  • Potatoes- In a seafood boil, they are a treat for the taste buds! They soak up all the flavors from the aromatic spices and herbs, creating an ultimate flavor explosion. Potatoes add more texture than any other ingredient, making them essential to any successful seafood boil. Potatoes in the seafood boil are a great place to start if you want to impress friends and family during your next gathering!
  • Sausages- Sausages in a seafood boil make for an exciting dinner! You get a delicious combination of seafood and savory andouille sausages, and the spices add flavor and heat that will tantalize your taste buds. Sausages are the perfect substitute for crab if you’re not too keen on its texture or prefer a heartier protein. Whatever your reason for adding the sausages to the seafood boil, we guarantee it will be delicious and worth incorporating into your culinary repertoire!
  • Seafood Boil Seasoning- This is where the Cajun seasoning and crab oil seasoning come together, but you don’t have to buy the one out of the store necessarily. I will show you how to make it below.
Southern Seafood boil

More Ingredients

  • Fresh shrimp- Fresh shrimp seafood boil is a delicious feast sure to excite your taste buds! It’s the perfect way to enjoy a night with family and friends. Freshly caught shrimp, brisket chunks, red potatoes, corn on the cob, onions, and spices are simmered in salty ocean water for an hour – resulting in juicy flavor explosions!
  • Fresh seafood boil creates a flavorful and affordable party dish everyone can enjoy. From savory buttery shrimp to crunchy vegetables, the meal always satisfies people. So prepare for a taste sensation and make this fresh seafood boil the centerpiece of your next gathering!
  • I used frozen corn in my recipe, but you can use fresh corn.
  • Chicken Broth- Try not to use water. The chicken broth will add more flavor.
  • Old bay and garlic cloves are the remaining ingredients that allow for some incredibly delicious seafood.

A full list of ingredients can be found in the recipe card below.

How To Make a Seafood Boil

The recipe isn’t complicated at all. We know that I love a quick meal. The most significant part of this seafood boil is boiling the water.

After boiling your water, add your seasoning and all the remaining seafood except the crab legs. The crab legs cook rather quickly, so you will want to add them last. I used snow crab legs in this seafood boil recipe. You can use any that suits you best.

  • Fill your pot with cups of cold water or flavorful broth. Next, add your seasoning in and stir. Allow water to come to a rolling boil.
Southern Seafood boil
Southern Seafood boil
  • Add your butter, sausages, onions, corn, and potatoes. Cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes become tender. Take them out of the pot and set them to the side.
  • Add in your snow crab legs and plump shrimp to the same pot and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the shrimp cooks.
Snow crab legs
  • Serve
Seafood-in-bag

Substitutions

  • Dungeness crab legs- if you don’t have snow crab legs, then you can use these. Please don’t go for the king crab legs, as they may take much longer to cook properly. You cannot overcook the seafood if you want a real low-country boil! Lol

Variations

  • Lobster Tails- Add all types of seafood, such as lobster tails, to this southern seafood boil. You can cook them just as you cooked the shrimp.
  • Yellow Onion- Adding onions will add great flavor to your seafood boil.
  • Cajun Seafood Boil– To spice things up in this low country boil, add a ton of cajun seasoning to make it spicy.
  • Seafood Boil Sauce– make a delicious seafood boil sauce. I have that recipe linked here.

Equipment

If you want a fantastic seafood boil, the right equipment is a must! Equipment like a large stockpot, appropriate utensils such as seafood crackers or seafood forks, and a long spoon for the big ol’ pot are essential to ensure you’re having a successful and enjoyable night.

Storage For Seafood Boil

Storing leftover seafood boil can seem like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. Following simple rules ensures that your next seafood boil is even tastier. Ensure you seal the leftovers tightly in an airtight oven or ziplock bag. And refrigerate them as soon as possible. Storing them in the fridge will ensure they stay fresh and delicious for days after your meal. If you don’t anticipate eating all of the leftovers, consider freezing them for later use. That way, you’ll always have a stash of delicious seafood boil!

Tips For Southern Seafood Boil

  • Don’t allow the cooking time to go over on your crab legs. If you boil them too long, the shell will soften, and the crabmeat will be hard to remove.
  • The potatoes will be softened tremendously if you allow them to boil over time. Please pay close attention to them. You want tender potatoes.

How to serve Seafood Boil

Seafood is meant to be served with some cajun butter. This boil can be served outside on a table with seafood bags under the food. In the South, we do not eat or pour our seafood onto newspapers. That’s not sanitary. Instead, use a plastic bag; you will have an easy cleanup once everyone is done.

How To Reheat Seafood Boil

I bet you wonder how to reheat your low country boil. Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered. You can reheat your seafood in 2 ways. One is in the oven, and the other is in the microwave. I hardly ever reheat in the oven, just in case you want to.

I will tell you how to reheat it in the oven. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and sit your food inside. Make sure you have placed your seafood on an oven-safe dish. Allow the seafood to sit in the oven for 15 minutes or until it reaches your desired temperature.

For the microwave, place it in the oven for about 1 ½ minute.

Leave a comment below and tell me what you think. I welcome all the positive vibes.

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In Conclusion

This low country boil should definitely on your dinner table tonight or at your next seafood party!!

Well, until next time, Folks!

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Seafood Boil (Quick and Easy)

The ultimate southern seafood boil is always on the menu here in the south. Crab legs, sausages, corn, and some delicious shrimp are just a few of the ingredients in this seafood boil.
Seafood boil
Calories 580
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Large Stockpot

Ingredients  

  • 6 Crab-leg clusters or any seafood you like
  • 3 Red Potatoes chopped to your liking
  • Sausages chopped to your liking
  • 1 pound Fresh shrimp or frozen
  • 8 ears corn to your liking
  • Water or chicken broth
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1 Whole Onion Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Old bay to your liking
  • 4 Garlic Cloves

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Hot Sauce To your liking

Instructions

  • Fill your pot with water
    Water
  • Add your seasoning in and stir. Allow water to come to a rolling boil.
    1/2 cup Old bay, 4 Garlic Cloves
  • Next, add your butter, sausages, onions, corn, and potatoes.
    Cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes become tender.
    3 Red Potatoes, Sausages chopped to your liking, 8 ears corn to your liking, 1 Stick Butter, 1 Whole Onion
  • Take them out of the pot and set them to the side.
  • Add in your seafood and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the seafood is done
    6 Crab-leg clusters, 1 pound Fresh shrimp or frozen
  • Serve with dipping sauce. Make more as needed
    1 Stick Butter, 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic, 1 Teaspoon Hot Sauce

Notes

Homemade Old Bay Season

  • 1 Tablespoon Celery salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Dry Mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword seafood boil

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8 Comments

  1. I have to admit, I thought you were overreacting with the whole quick and easy but this was so much less complicated than I thought and I’m no big cook. The sausages were a bit of a fail, I used bratwurst since that was all I had. I have to try with andouille next for sure. Thx for sharing, Ronalyn!

  2. 5 stars
    This was insane! And so, so easy! I didn’t have enough corn or potatoes but I was drooling, I had to make it, this will be on rotation for sure, everyone loved it.

  3. 5 stars
    Not a seafood fan but hubby loves it so I’ll have to give this one a go. How well do you think this dish does in terms of leftovers? I know this will be way too much for him to finish in one sitting.

  4. 5 stars
    I tried your sauce recipe first, butter, garlic, and hot sauce is such a simple and time-saving combo. I had it with air-fryer french fries and it was D I V I N E. It will go really well with seafood, can’t wait to try it.