Seafood boils are great for a family cook out. Just throw down a plastic table cloth and get to eating but you can also make a smaller proportion for a family of four.
Who loves seafood?? I absolutely love seafood boils, when I travel I have to find a seafood restaurant with great reviews. But here, I made a seafood boil with shrimp for a group of friends, it serves about four to six people.
" When it comes to seafood I could enjoy it everyday and never get tried of it. I know a few people that feels the same way. "
5 quarts water
1 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces
4 lb bag of red potatoes
2 medium yellow onions, peeled and halved
4 garlic gloves, halved
2 to 3 lemons, halved
2 lbs raw shrimp, large with shells
2 lb crab legs (optional)
8 fresh corn on the cob, cut into halves
Old Bay, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
Red pepper, to taste
Cajun seasoning, to taste
Chili powder, to taste
Onion powder, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
½ cup of butter
Prep Time: 15m
Cook Time: 55m
Total Cook Time: 1hr 10m
In a large pot, place red potatoes, 4 lb bag, and corn, cut into halves, in 2-3 quarts of water. Boil, on high, for 40-45 minutes.
While red potatoes and corn are boiling, take another large pot fill with water (2-3 quarts). Place pot on stove then put seasoning into water, let boil for 20 minutes, on high, or until bubbles are visible.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. When the seasoned water is boiling, prepare shrimp by peeling and deveining, then chop onion, and sausages into 1 inch. Season raw shrimp, onions, and sausages in a large mixing bowl.
When bubbles appear in seasoned water, place crab legs into seasoned water for 8-9 minutes.
Once red potatoes and corn are done boiling take a large cookie sheet then mix corn, potatoes, sausages, onions, and raw shrimp on tray. Bake for 15 minutes.
Boil, crab legs separately from potatoes and corn.
For me, I like to soften my potatoes and corn by boiling them first but I also like the crispy look so I place them in the oven with seasoned raw shrimp for about 10 to 15 minutes. If you don't like the crispy texture, skip the oven and throw your raw shrimp, with shell, in the boiling water. For pescatarians, this dish can be free-styled to your liking - no sausage? no problem. Add you favorite seafood meat and get started.