Thomasina's Seafood Boil Recipe

Shrimp, Crab, and Sausage Seafood BoilShrimp, Crab, and Sausage Seafood Boil

There's nothing quite like a seafood boil to bring friends and family together for a delicious feast. The dish typically consists of a mix of shellfish such as shrimp, crab, and clams, along with other ingredients like potatoes, corn on the cob, sausage, and spices. All of these ingredients are boiled together in a large pot until everything is cooked through and infused with flavor.

My personal favorite recipe includes crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn - it's a classic combination that never disappoints.

This alaskan crab, shrimp, and sausage boil recipe is very nutritious, tasty and quick & easy to prepare. I turn to this recipe when I really want to treat the family to a fun and entertaining outdoor meal, as you can see in the picture above. If you're a seafood lover, you're going to love this Crab and Shrimp boil.

This particular seafood recipe has long been a family favorite. I've seen this recipe prepared several ways: with crabs only, with shrimp and sausage only, or with crab, shrimp and sausage.

This seafood recipe includes all of my favorites: snow crab legs, shrimp, smoked sausage, sweet corn and red potatoes. The availability of frozen food products makes this a viable meal year round. So don't let the non-availability of fresh crab, shrimp and corn discourage you from making this terrific meal any day of the week.

Shrimp and Crab Seafood Boil Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 - pounds snow crab legs
  • 1 - pound uncooked shrimp
  • 1 - pound smoked sausage, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • red potatoes
  • sweet corn on the cob, halved, frozen or fresh
  • 1 to 2 - boxes Zatarain's crab boil

Cookware and Utensils:

  • 1 large stock pot, 10 to 12 quarts
  • 1 large serving platter
  • 1 large slotted spoon

Recipe Instructions:

As always the key to great cooking is to be prepared and to use quality ingredients. You can either use fresh or frozen snow crab legs, shrimp or sweet corn for this recipe. The sausage should be cut into 2 inch pieces before adding to boiling water.

  1. Start off your seafood boil by bringing 6 to 8 quarts water to a rolling boil. Add Zatarain's crab boil and red potatoes and cook for about 15 minutes.
  2. Next add sausage and sweet corn to the boiling water and cook for another 10 minutes until the red potatoes are tender.
  3. Using a slotted spoon remove the sweet corn on the cob, red potatoes and sausage from the boiling water and place on a large serving platter.
  4. Next add shrimp and snow crab legs and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Be sure not to over cook the crab legs and shrimp. Follow the preparation instructions given to you at purchase and you'll be okay. Remove the cooked shrimp and crab legs from boiling water.
  5. Finally neatly arrange all of your cooked foods onto a large serving platter and enjoy your seafood boil. I'm sure you'll enjoy this shrimp and crab boil recipe.

Here are two other variations of this crab and shrimp boil recipe:

1. Crab boil recipe - If you prefer not to add shrimp you could easily modify this recipe to a crab boil recipe by adding 2 more pounds of crab.

2. Shrimp boil recipe - Just drop the crab legs and add one additional pound of shrimp.

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Once everything is cooked to perfection, it's time to dump the seafood boil out onto a big table covered with newspaper or butcher paper. This creates a fun and casual atmosphere where everyone can dig in with their hands! Don't forget plenty of melted butter and lemon wedges for dipping.

This seafood boil recipe is perfect for summer gatherings or any occasion where you want to impress your guests with an impressive spread of deliciousness. It's easy to customize by adding or subtracting ingredients based on your preferences - mussels or clams could be great additions if you love shellfish! Just make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand because things are bound to get messy (but oh so worth it!).

Overall, if you're looking for a fun and flavorful way to enjoy fresh seafood with friends and family, look no further than a classic crab and shrimp boil!

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