Seafood Boil


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Make the perfect seafood boil at home, an easy one-pot dish. Simple ingredients, easy instructions, and endless customization options! 

seafood boil.

If you thought working with seafood was cumbersome, you are in for a treat! Potatoes, corn, and fresh seafood are added in a pot and boiled to perfection!

Why this recipe works

  • Easy to make. Everything is made in one pot, so there is very little hands-on work.
  • Tons of customization options. Skip, add or replace any ingredient; you can customize it as per your taste.
  • Super fast. With a total cooking time of just 30 minutes, this recipe could not be any easier.

What we love about this recipe is how much fun it is to eat. It’s the dish you can make at gatherings and parties, and even rave about it!

What is a seafood boil made of? 

You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make this seafood boil recipe. Here’s everything that it calls for. 

  • Lemons. Use fresh lemons. 
  • Bay leaves. Adds a subtle bitterness to avoid making the recipe heavy. 
  • Old bay seasoning. A blend of herbs and spices.
  • Black peppercorns. The secret ingredient to any good seafood boil. It gives all the ingredients a delicious flavor.
  • Salt. To taste. 
  • New potatoes. Smaller and quick-cooking, and also so much fun to eat. 
  • Yukon gold potatoes.  Cut them into halves. 
  • Kielbasa.  Or any sausage of choice.
  • Onions. 
  • Corn. Either whole cobs that have been halved or mini ears of corn. 
  • Shrimp. Peeled with their tails intact. Choose larger prawns for a meatier flavor. 
  • Clams. Clean up before adding to the recipe. 
  • Parsley and lemon slices. To serve. 
  • Seafood boil sauce. Make our famous three ingredient sauce

How do you cook this? 

Start by adding water to a pot with bay leaves, peppercorns, salt, and the old bay seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then add potatoes to cook for 7-8 minutes. Add clams, sausages, and onions and boil for another 5 minutes. Finally, add corn and boil until it’s cooked and the potatoes are tender. 

how to make a seafood boil.

Now, add shrimp and let it simmer until no longer pink. Drain all the ingredients. 

how to make seafood boil.

Finally, transfer the seafood boil to a serving dish and drizzle the seafood boil sauce all over it.

seafood boil with seafood boil sauce.


The beauty of this recipe is just how easy it is to customize with your favorite seafood, spices, and additions. Here are some ideas:

  • Swap shrimp with other seafood. You can replace shrimp with crab and crawfish or even mussels. 
  • Alter the spices. Don’t want to get bored using the same spice? Try adding cajun spices to your recipe.
  • Add eggs. They absorb the spices and the sauce’s rich flavor, adding flavor to the dish. 

Storage instructions

To store. Place leftovers in a shallow container and store them in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

Reheating. Microwave portions for 20-30 seconds or reheat in a non-stick pan. 

To freeze. Once the seafood boil has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to a container and store it in the freezer for up to two months. 

Cajun seafood boil.

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Frequently asked questions

What foods go with a seafood boil? 

Anything to soak up the juices from the boil is always a good bet. Even if you follow a specific diet, you can enjoy it with low calorie bread or low carb bread. Try some buns or rolls, too. 

What bread goes with seafood boil recipes? 

You can serve any bread with seafood boils, such as rye bread, sourdough bread, wheat bread, etc. 

Why do they put boiled eggs in a boils?

Boiled eggs soak up the spices and flavors from the sauce and has a gorgeous yolk.

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Seafood Boil

5 from 3 votes
Make the perfect seafood boil at home, an easy one-pot dish. Simple ingredients, easy instructions, and endless customization options! 
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 16 minutes


  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 3/4 cup old bay seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 2 lbs new potatoes
  • 2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes quartered
  • 2 large yellow onions quartered
  • 2 lbs kielbasa chopped
  • 1 lb clams scrubbed
  • 8 ears corn halved
  • 3 lbs large shrimp peeled
  • 1 cup seafood boil sauce
  • 2 small lemons quartered


  • Add 6 quarts of water to a 12-quart pot, along with bay leaves, salt, peppercorns, and the old bay seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook for 7-8 minutes. Add sausage, clams, and onions, and boil for five more minutes. Add corn and continue boiling until cooked and the potatoes are tender. 
  • Add the shrimp and simmer until no longer pink. Drain everything.
  • Transfer the shrimp boil to a large serving dish and dust with more old bay seasoning. Drizzle the seafood boil sauce over the top. Decorate with fresh parsley and lemon slices. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 30gFat: 3gSodium: 3601mgPotassium: 1306mgFiber: 7gVitamin A: 540IUVitamin C: 63mgCalcium: 212mgIron: 5mgNET CARBS: 46g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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