Day 235: Seafood Boil

Dev brought a bunch of fresh seafood and vegetables back from Pike's market in Seattle. We've been wanting to figure out how to do a seafood boil so we had our first attempt.  It didn't turn out too bad! We need a few more spices, but all the ingredients seemed to be cooked about right and it tasted pretty good. Of course all the children thought it was some sort of awful punishment so instead of lobster, crab legs, shrimp, clams, red potatoes, corn on the cob and carrots they had cold cereal. I don't know what's wrong with them.

This is the recipe we have so far:

  • 4 quarts water (16 cups)
  • 1 can Miller Lite (12 ounces) [This is what we had. . .]
  • 1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • about a dozen red potatoes, halved 
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 pkg beer brats (12oz)
  • 6 ears fresh corn, cut in half
  • 1.5 pounds unpeeled shrimp 
  • 1.5 pounds clams 
  • 3 crab legs (about 1.5 pounds?)
*This is just the assortment of seafood & vegetables we had (and wanted included). You could throw in whatever you like!

  1. Bring water, beer, Old Bay Seasoning and salt to boil on high heat. 
  2. Add potatoes and onions and carrots. 
  3. Cook 8 minutes. 
  4. Add brats. 
  5. Cook 5 minutes. 
  6. Add corn. 
  7. Cook 5 minutes.
  8. Add clams
  9. Cook 2 minutes
  10. Add Crab Legs & stir in shrimp. 
  11. Cook 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.
  12. Drain.  (we forgot to do this & our potatoes got all mushy!)
  13. Pour contents of pot into large serving bowl or platter or mound on paper-covered table.
  14. Sprinkle with more Old Bay Seasoning. 
*We're going to add another onion and probably double the amount of seasoning for the next round. I think if we add tons of corn and potatoes our kids might actually eat that part too. (And those ingredients are way cheaper so it's a win-win adaption!)

1 comment:

  1. My hubby has a great spice formula for seafood boil. You'll need to make a trip to the Good Food Store for the spices (and don't leave your bag of spices in a hot car or a year later you will occasionally smell clove - I kid you not!) but if you do a seafood boil again let me know and I'll send you the spices formula.