Yep, I am proof that even those of us from the landlocked states can master the Easy Seafood Boil. Impress a crowd at your next get together without busting out the grill or just throw it together for a fun weekend dinner. So for anyone who has wondered exactly how you do a seafood boil – I’ll walk you through step-by-step. You’ve got this!
So I’ve seen quite a few cool seafood boils on Pinterest and simultaneously thought, “Wow!!” and “Nope! Not for me!” Like I would certainly eat every morsel given the chance, but it seemed overly complicated to make at home. But all that changed when a few friends on Instagram posted the most amazing pictures of a seafood boil and I started really rethinking my stance. Especially when I originally thought the pictures were taken at a restaurant and I commented on their pics to find out where they were so I could go there immediately. I was so surprised to find out that they had made it themselves and while camping no less. They were so incredibly nice to share a step by step with me and guys it’s easy. And delicious. Which are basically the hallmarks of any recipe that becomes a go-to for me. This recipe isn’t hard or work intensive (Yay! You get to enjoy the party too!), it’s all about the layering of ingredients, but the total cook time is over an hour. So plan some appetizers/snacks so your guests (or children) aren’t circling you like sharks waiting for it to be done. Bonus: this recipe is it’s super easy to scale up or down depending on the size of your crowd.
Seafood Boil Ingredients & Seasonings
The only seasoning you’ll need for this seafood boil is Old Bay. This was my first time trying Old Bay seasoning and umm, why have I been missing out? It’s super delicious. You’ll also need kielbasa, potatoes, shrimp, crab legs and corn.
Grab your biggest pot and bring enough water to completely cover your ingredients (just eyeball it) and a half cup of Old Bay seasoning to a boil. Once it’s boiling, here are the layers:
- Add your kielbasa to the boiling water immediately
- 10 minutes later add your potatoes
- 15 minutes later add your sweet corn
- 15 minutes later the crab legs
- 5 minutes later the shrimp
Frozen Shrimp Notes
For any other “always forgets to defrost” folks out there like me, you may be wondering, do I need to thaw the frozen shrimp before cooking? Nope! We boiled the frozen shrimp just by tossing it in the pot and it really didn’t change the timing of the last step.
So you don’t really need to watch it closely until you’re gauging if the shrimp is done. I just set the timer on my phone so I knew when to toss in the next round of ingredients. When the shrimp is pink, just drain the water out and dump it out on newspapers or butcher paper and bust out the tongs!
Need something to serve people while they wait? I’d recommend some Brie on the Grill, Bacon, Egg & Cheese Deviled Eggs. Or just a bunch of Wine Slushies, trust me, no one minds waiting after you’ve given them a bunch of frozen wine. Just keep ’em coming.
- 2 lbs. shelled raw shrimp
- 2 packages of kielbasa sausage, sliced into hunks
- 8 red potatoes, halved
- 12 ears of sweet corn, quartered
- 8 crab legs
- 1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning
- Bring the water and seasoning to a boil
- Add the kielbasa, boil for 10 minutes
- Add the potato quarters and boil for an additional 15 minutes
- Add the sweet corn and boil for 15 minutes
- Add the crab legs and boil for 5 minutes
- Add the shrimp and boil for until the shrimp turns pink about 5 minutes