Seafood Boil

Seafood Boil
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A seafood boil is great for a summer cookout or a tailgating party in the fall. This basic recipe is designed to serve anywhere from 4 to 25 people and is very easy to make—you are really only limited by the size of your pot! About 1 pound each of shrimp, kielbasa and potatoes plus 4 ears of corn is a good amount for every 4 people you are feeding.This recipe was originally published in The Baltimore Sun.
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Seafood Boil recipe - The Daily Meal
Total time: 50 minutes
  • 6 quarts water
  • 3/4 to 1 cup old bay or zatarain's spicy crab and shrimp boil seasoning
  • 1 to 2 lemons
  • 1 to 2 onions
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • use approximately equal portions of each depending on how many you are serving:
  • 1 to 5 pounds of potatoes (small red are best, cut up in halves or quarters)
  • 4 to 25 ears of corn, broken in half
  • 1 to 5 pounds smoked kielbasa
  • 1 to 5 pounds raw shrimp, 16 to 20 count, in shells
  1. In a large crab pot with steamer basket (if available), bring 6 quarts water to boil. To the water, add 3/4 to 1 cup Old Bay or Zatarain's spicy crab and shrimp boil seasoning, 1 to 2 lemons, 1 to 2 onions and 1 bulb of garlic. Mix well. Bring water back to a boil.
  2. When water is boiling again, add 1 to 5 pounds cut-up potatoes. Return to boil and cook potatoes for 10 minutes.
  3. Add 4 to 25 ears of corn (broken in half) and bring water back to a boil again. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add 1 to 5 pounds smoked kielbasa. Return water to boil and cook for 5 minutes more.
  5. Add 1-5 pounds raw shrimp (in shells). Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, until shrimp turns pink.
  6. Pull the basket out of the pot and let drain. Dump all the ingredients out into a large pan or pans. Can be served with extra Old Bay seasoning and mustard for the shrimp and kielbasa.