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This is one of our favorite seafood dishes in our house. It’s very easy and quick to make and everyone gets their favorites. The broth in this boil tastes something out of this world. I serve a separate bowl just of this broth to sip on it while you eat crabs, shrimp, sausages etc. When you have leftovers, you can strain it and freeze it for later. Lemon gives nice tart, potatoes, corn and butter gives some creaminess and all married spices and seafood flavors.. mmm.. I am on my way to make another batch just writing it Haha..
We use these wonderful butter warmers. They keep the butter hot until the last bite. The utensils are a big help getting out the sweetest parts of the crab.
Simple seafood boilDifficulty: Easy
This is one of our favorite seafood dishes in our house. It’s very easy and quick to make and everyone gets their favorites.
12 cups of water
5 tbsp. of Old Bay Seasoning
2 tsp. of Cajun Seasoning
2 tbsp. of lemon pepper
3 large lemons, sliced
6 large garlic cloves
4 tbsp. of sea salt
28 oz. of Polska Kielbasa Sausage, cut in 2-3 inches slices
2 lbs. of red potatoes
4 lbs. of snow crab clusters ( I usually would get 1 lb./person) or king crab legs
1 lb. of cooked mussels meat or 3 lbs. of mussels in shells
1 lb. of bay scallops
3 lbs. of shrimp, easy clean, heads off, shells on (for better flavor)
1 stick of butter
- For garlic dipping butter
3 sticks of butter
5 cloves of garlic
Let’s make it
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Place a large pot on the high heat. Add lemons, spices, butter and bring it to a boil.
- Add potatoes and cook for 10-12 min, depending on the size.
- Wait 5 min after you added potatoes to the pot and then place crab clusters or legs into a deep cooking tray, add 2 cups of boiling water, cover with aluminum foil and place it in the preheated to 350 F oven for 12-15 min to reheat. It will be ready to serve when the boil is done.
- Then add corn and fresh mussels in shell to the pot, if you are using them and cook for another 5 min. If you use cooked mussel meat, hold on with mussels for now.
- Add Polska kielbasa sausage, bay scallops and bring it back to a boil.
- Add shrimp, mussel meat, bring it back to a boil. Simmer for 1 min. No longer! Otherwise shrimp will be dry and overcooked.
- Taste for seasoning and salt.
- For garlic dipping butter
- Add butter and slightly bruised garlic cloves to a pot over medium – low heat and let slowly melt the butter.
- Let the garlic to infuse for a few minutes then remove the garlic and pour the butter in butter warmers. Pour while it’s still hot. Warmer does not heat the butter, it only helps it to stay hot.
- You can transfer the seafood boil with a slotted spoon into a big serving bowl or ceramic serving pot and pour some of the broth over it.
- Pour some broth in small bowls to sip. Do not skip this step. This is so so so delicious.
- Place the butter warmer for each person.
- Place on the table crab utensils, forks, spoons, empty bowls for shells and lots of napkins.