Dining & Wine

How To Make + Serve A Seafood Boil @ Home

June 30, 2024

Making a seafood boil at home can be a fun and delicious way to enjoy a variety of seafood. Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating your own seafood boil:


  • Seafood: A mix of your favorite seafood such as shrimp, crab legs, clams, mussels, and lobster tails.
  • Vegetables: Corn on the cob (cut into halves or thirds), red potatoes (small or cut into halves), and onion (quartered).
  • Seasonings: Old Bay seasoning or a seafood boil seasoning mix, salt, black pepper, garlic (whole cloves or minced), bay leaves, and lemon (cut into halves).
  • Extras: Smoked sausage (sliced), butter, hot sauce, and fresh parsley for garnish.


  • Large stockpot with a lid
  • Strainer or slotted spoon
  • Serving tray or large platter


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Clean and prep all seafood. De-vein shrimp if necessary.
    • Cut corn on the cob into smaller pieces.
    • Halve or quarter red potatoes.
    • Slice the smoked sausage into pieces.
    • Quarter the onion and halve the lemons.
  2. Boil the Water:
    • Fill a large stockpot with water, leaving enough room for the seafood and vegetables.
    • Add a generous amount of Old Bay seasoning (or seafood boil seasoning mix), salt, black pepper, bay leaves, garlic, and the onion quarters to the water.
    • Squeeze the lemon halves into the water and then add the lemons themselves.
  3. Cook the Potatoes and Corn:
    • Bring the seasoned water to a boil.
    • Add the potatoes to the boiling water and cook for about 10-15 minutes until they start to soften.
    • Add the corn and smoked sausage and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the Seafood:
    • Add the seafood to the pot, starting with the items that take the longest to cook (like crab legs and lobster tails) and finishing with the quicker-cooking items (like shrimp, clams, and mussels).
    • Cook the seafood until it is opaque and fully cooked, usually about 5-10 minutes. Clams and mussels should open up when done. Discard any that do not open.
  5. Drain and Serve:
    • Use a strainer or slotted spoon to carefully remove the seafood, vegetables, and sausage from the pot.
    • Arrange everything on a large serving tray or platter. You can also spread it out on a table covered with butcher paper or newspaper for a traditional seafood boil presentation.
  6. Add Finishing Touches:
    • Melt butter and drizzle it over the seafood and vegetables or serve it on the side for dipping.
    • Sprinkle extra Old Bay seasoning on top if desired.
    • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve with lemon wedges and hot sauce.


  • For an extra layer of flavor, you can sauté garlic in butter and drizzle it over the seafood boil just before serving.
  • Add other ingredients like hard-boiled eggs or mushrooms for variety.
  • Make sure to have plenty of napkins and tools like crab crackers if you’re serving crab legs.

Enjoy your homemade seafood boil with friends and family!


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