The secret to a seafood boil packed with perfectly cooked shrimp, king crab legs, and clams? Taking it one step at a time. First, simmer a flavor-packed mixture of lemons, Cajun seasoning, onions, garlic, and chiles with small new potatoes to give them a head start. Then add your clams and gently spicy andouille sausage and simmer a few minutes more. Finally, toss in the faster-cooking shrimp and king crab legs, along with frozen corn on the cob, which cools down the boil without diluting it like ice would. A warm bowl of butter sauce spiked with more Cajun seasoning makes the perfect dipping partner for every delicious bite.

Liz Mervosh

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Credit: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Melissa Gray / Prop Styling by Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

For the Seafood Boil
For the Spiced Butter Sauce

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place corn in a single layer on a large plate; freeze until ready to use, about 1 hour.

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  • Meanwhile, add water to a large (16-quart) stockpot. Squeeze juice from lemon halves into water, removing and discarding seeds; add squeezed lemon halves, onions, jalapeños (if using), Old Bay, salt, cayenne, garlic heads, and bay leaves. Cover and bring to a boil over high. Add potatoes. Cover pot, and return to a gentle boil over high. Uncover, and boil, undisturbed, for 15 minutes. Add clams and sausage. Cover pot, and return to a gentle boil over high. Uncover, and boil, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Add crab legs, shrimp, and frozen corn to stockpot, using tongs to incorporate them into the broth. Cover pot, and let mixture stand, undisturbed, 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the Old Bay Butter Sauce: Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high. Reduce heat to low; gradually add butter pieces, whisking until mixture is emulsified and thickened (do not let sauce boil). Remove from heat; stir in parsley, Old Bay, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire, and cayenne and transfer to a sauceboat or small serving bowl.

  • Working in batches, drain the seafood boil in a colander, using tongs to help transfer ingredients to the colander and then to a serving platter. Serve the seafood boil alongside the warmed Old Bay Butter Sauce.

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