Crab Boil Platter with extra corn

Seafood boil is the generic term for any number of types of social events in which shellfish, whether saltwater or freshwater, is the central element. Regional variations dictate the kinds of seafood, the accompaniments and side dishes, and the preparation techniques (boiling, steaming, baking, or raw). In some cases, a boil may be sponsored by a community organization as a fund-raiser or a mixer. In this way, seafood boils are like a fish fry, barbecue, or church potluck supper. Boils are also held by individuals for their friends and family for a weekend get-together and on the holidays of Memorial Day and Independence Day. While boils and bakes are traditionally associated with coastal regions of the United States, there are exceptions.

Crab Boil Platter with extra corn

shrimp boil smothered in garlic butter and old bay seasoning made easy in the oven. ready in 30 minutes!

Shrimp boil comes fully loaded with all the goods! Slices of smoked andouille sausage with tender-crisp shrimp, sweet, juicy corn and creamy potatoes bake on one pan to make this an easy, fool-proof recipe. And if that’s not enough, add even MORE flavour and serve straight out of the oven with a drizzle of extra garlic butter, parsley, green onions and lemon wedges.

  • PREP: 10 MINS
  • COOK: 20 MINS
  • TOTAL: 30 MINS


  • 1 3 ounce bag shrimp or crab boil
  • 3 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 ¼ – 3 pounds small new potatoes
  • 4 – 5 corn, husked and cut in 1-1/2- to 3-inch pieces
  • 1 – 2 pound spicy smoked link sausage (kielbasa or andouille), diagonally sliced in 1-inch pieces
  • 3 – 4 pounds medium to large unpeeled shrimp (preferably heads on)
  • 3 – 4 lemons, halved
  • Snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • Garlic Mayonnaise and Cocktail Sauce (see recipe)


Step 1

In a 12- to 16-quart pot bring 2 gallons water to boiling. Add shrimp or crab boil and Old Bay Seasoning; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add potatoes, a few at a time, allowing water to continue simmering. Simmer 7 to 10 minutes, until nearly tender. Add corn; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Add sausage and shrimp. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes, until shrimp are opaque (do not overcook shrimp) and sausage is heated through; drain.

Step 2

Transfer to large platter. Add lemon halves and sprinkle parsley. Serve hot or within 1 hour of cooking. Pass Garlic Mayonnaise and Cocktail Sauce. Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Shrimp boil or crab boil (a common brand is Zatarain’s) can be found in your grocery store’s spice aisle in a bag or bottle. If you can’t find the spice blend, you can sub additional Old Bay Seasoning.

Nutrition Facts (Shrimp and Sausage Boil)

Per Serving:

678 calories; 34 g total fat; 11 g saturated fat; 4 g polyunsaturated fat; 10 g monounsaturated fat; 339 mg cholesterol; 1356 mg sodium. 1418 mg potassium; 41 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 53 g protein; 583 IU vitamin a; 57 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 9 mg niacin equivalents; 1 mg vitamin b6; 56 mcg folate; 3 mcg vitamin b12; 141 mg calcium; 6 mg iron;



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