Crab & shrimp boil

Anytime we want to have a special dinner, we usually do a crab and shrimp boil.  They are lots of fun to fix and to eat. No silverware needed just some butter and cocktail sauce in bowls and some rather large cloth napkins! Yum!

You start with a huge pot of water.  I use my canning pot.  Then add one package of crab & shrimp boil seasoning (any kind you want) and a lemon quartered.  Bring water to a rolling boil.  Add snow crab legs and raw unpeeled shrimp.  For our family of five, I cook 5 crab legs sections and 4 pounds of shrimp.  {It's a lot but we have growing boys!}  Bring back to a rolling boil and boil 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let seafood set in water 5-15 more minutes.  This allows seasoning to soak in.  Drain and turn out on the table covered with newsprint or packing paper.  I also add a layer of plastic garbage bags on table so it doesn't soak through.  Let cool as long as you can stand it, roll up your sleeves, and dig in!
We started with a Caesar salad and a french baguette.

Then straight to the seafood.

You can also add things like andouille sausage, corn on the cob, or new potatoes, just adjust the cooking time for each item added to the pot.


  1. We live in a big seafood area, so it looks good to me! My kids have really gotten into the snow crabs recently. They are so good and are a bit more rewarding than opening those smaller crabs.
    I actually had a few sections of snow crab leftover last time. I cleaned all the meat from the shell and stored it in the refrigerator for the next day. I made a large batch of white sauce with a tad of garlic and added the crabmeat back in. I served it with a splash of sherry and it was SO good. I guess you could call it Cream of Snow Crab Soup.

    Happy 1st day of 2011!

  2. Kim I have always wanted to try this. My hubby isn't much of a sea food person but with the corn and the potatoes and sausage I might be able to get him to enjoy it. It sounds really easy but you just have to find that seasoning and I'm sure I'll find it if I really look for it. I can almost smell it! Thank you for reminding me of this dish ;)
    Maura :)


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