Authentic Recipe and Helpful Tips for Making a Seafood Boil
A seafood boil, sometimes referred to as a “Louisiana seafood boil” or a “crab boil”, is flavorful dish that is simple to make and provides a great way to sample some of Florida’s renowned seafood.
In order to make this delicious feast, you’ll need:
- 3-6 live blue crabs
- ½-1 lb. of large shrimp, unpeeled
- 2 ears of corn, husked and cut in half
- ½-1 lb. of small, red-skinned potatoes, unpeeled
- 2 yellow onions, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1 lemon, halved
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1/3 cup of canola oil
- Seafood boil spice mix (typically contains cayenne pepper, black peppercorns, salt, red pepper flakes, celery seed, dill seed, coriander, and bay leaves)
Start by boiling a large stockpot full of water, slowly adding in the canola oil, celery, lemon, onions, garlic, and the seafood boil spice mix. Let the water boil for 10-15 minutes to absorb the flavors and create a delicious broth.
Next, add in the potatoes and allow them to boil for 5 minutes, followed by the crabs and boiling for an additional 15 minutes. Toss in the halved corn cobs for 5 more minutes after that, and then add the shrimp and boil for 1 more minute or until they are fully-cooked, and ready to eat.
Strain the ingredients and place everything on a large serving platter all together. Grab a trusty crab shell cracker and a tall stack of napkins and dig in.
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