Seafood Boil

This Ultimate Seafood Boil is tailor-made for seafood enthusiasts, home cooks eager to impress, and anyone looking to create a festive and communal dining experience. Perfect for gatherings with friends and family or as the centerpiece of a special occasion, this recipe is a celebration of the sea’s bounty brought to your table with minimal fuss.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use other types of seafood?
A: Certainly! Feel free to customize your seafood selection based on personal preferences. Mussels, crawfish, or even scallops are excellent additions.

Q: Can I make a spicier version?
A: Absolutely! Increase the amount of Old Bay seasoning or add red pepper flakes for an extra kick.

Q: Can I prepare the broth in advance?
A: Yes, you can prepare the broth ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to use. Simply reheat before pouring it over the seafood.

Kitchen Equipment

  • Large pot
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Serving platter


  • 3 lemons (divided use)
  • 1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning (plus more for garnish)
  • 8 cloves garlic (smashed)
  • 1 onion (peeled and cut into 6 pieces)
  • 1 pound small Yukon gold potatoes (halved)
  • 4 ears corn on the cob (cut into 3-4 inch pieces)
  • 3 lobster tails
  • 1 pound clams (scrubbed)
  • 1 pound crab legs (pre-cooked)
  • 1 pound smoked sausage (cut into 1 inch pieces, kielbasa or andouille are preferred)
  • 1 pound shrimp (peeled and deveined, leave tails on)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  1. Prepare Citrus and Aromatics:
  • Cut 2 lemons into quarters. Slice the remaining lemon into wedges for garnish.
  1. Create Flavorful Broth:
  • Fill a large pot with 14-16 cups of water.
  • Add the quartered lemons, Old Bay seasoning, smashed garlic, and onion to the pot.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil.
  1. Boil Potatoes and Lobster Tails:
  • Add halved Yukon gold potatoes to the pot and cook for 8 minutes.
  • Introduce lobster tails and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  1. Incorporate Clams, Crab, and Corn:
  • Add clams, pre-cooked crab legs, and cut corn on the cob pieces to the pot.
  • Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  1. Add Shrimp and Sausage:
  • Introduce shrimp and smoked sausage to the pot, cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  1. Drain and Reserve Broth:
  • Drain the seafood mixture from the pot, reserving 1 cup of the flavorful broth.
  1. Create Buttery Broth Mixture:
  • Melt butter in a small bowl.
  • Whisk the melted butter into the reserved broth.
  1. Finish and Garnish:
  • Pour the buttery broth over the seafood mixture.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley, lemon wedges, and sprinkle with additional Old Bay seasoning to taste.
  • Serve immediately for the freshest experience.

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