Garlic Butter Seafood Boil Recipe

Dive into a feast of succulent seafood coated in a rich garlic butter sauce. This seafood boil is a perfect communal dish for gatherings, featuring a delightful mix of shrimp, crab, corn, and potatoes, all bursting with flavor.


  • 1 lb large shrimp, deveined and shell-on
  • 1 lb snow crab legs
  • 1 lb small red potatoes
  • 3 ears of corn, cut into thirds
  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Clean and prepare all seafood. Keep the shrimp shell-on for more flavor.
    • Cut the corn into thirds, slice the sausage, and halve the potatoes.
  2. Boil the Potatoes and Corn:
    • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add a generous amount of salt.
    • Add the potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes, or until they are just starting to become tender.
    • Add the corn pieces and cook for another 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Cook the Seafood and Sausage:
    • In the same pot, add fresh water if necessary and bring to a boil. Add the crab legs and cook for 5 minutes.
    • Add the shrimp and cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until they turn pink and are cooked through. Drain and set aside.
    • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the sliced sausage and cook until browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  4. Make the Garlic Butter Sauce:
    • In the same skillet, melt the butter and add the olive oil.
    • Add the minced garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes until fragrant, being careful not to burn the garlic.
    • Stir in the Old Bay seasoning, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using). Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Combine Everything:
    • Add the cooked potatoes, corn, crab legs, shrimp, and sausage to the skillet. Toss everything together gently, ensuring all pieces are well coated with the garlic butter sauce.
    • Allow the mixture to simmer for a couple of minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  6. Serve:
    • Transfer the seafood boil to a large serving platter or a newspaper-covered table for a rustic presentation.
    • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and lemon wedges.
    • Serve immediately and enjoy your garlic butter seafood boil with friends and family!

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