Seafood Boil

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This seafood boil recipe is one of our favorite recipes that’s made at home! It’s loaded with shrimp, crab, andouille sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob. It is packed with all the cajun flavors associated with seafood boils! For the show stopper, the garlic butter sauce leaves all the other ingredients dripping in yummy melted butter. You will enjoy the extra garlic flavor combined with hot sauce and more Cajun seasonings!

hand grabbing red potato from plate of seafood boil

This recipe is sponsored by Wada Farms.

Whether you are looking for a show stopping recipe to serve friends or you are looking to feed the family something a little different, a seafood boil is the way to go! Now, we know seafood can be pretty expensive, however, look for marked down seafood at your local grocery store or pay attention to when it’s on sale. Seafood freezes great, so be sure to keep that in mind as you are planning!

seafood boil on white serving platter with bag of wada farms red potatoes in background

Why We Love A Seafood Boil

  • Great recipe for entertaining guests
  • Easy recipe to substitute out ingredients (go with what you like or what you already have on hand)
  • Filling recipe
  • Little to no prep involved
  • Super delicious & packed with flavor
  • Guests can serve themselves buffet style

Recipe Tip

The trick to a over the top seafood boil, is by flavoring the water. While you can use any water for the boil, our recipe developer recommends pouring in a lager, IPA or pilsner beer to help add depth of flavor to the liquid.

The beer does cook off. However, if you’d rather not use beer, you can use chicken stock or broth or any non-alcoholic beer replacement.

overhead shot of ingredients for seafood boil baked on a sheet pan

Ingredients Needed For Seafood Boil Recipe

  • For the Cajun seafood boil you’ll need: water, Cajun & Old bay seasonings, potatoes, corn on the cob, snow crab leg clusters, large shrimp and andouille sausage.
  • For the garlic butter sauce: unsalted butter, garlic, Cajun & Old bay seasonings and fresh parsley.
close up shot of sea food boil on baking sheet

Ingredient Substitutions for a Seafood Boil

Andouille sausage – we love using this type as sausage as it has a bit of a kick. However, you can also use a kielbasa or beef sausage. They both make great substitutes.

Potatoes – Simply wash, cut in half and they are ready to go! While red potatoes are common for seafood boils, we love the combination or red and gold Yukon potatoes. The choice is yours!

Shrimp – The bigger the better! Whether you use peel and eat shrimp that’s already been deveined or has all the work done for you, peeled, deveined and tail off, they all work great. Be sure to not use pre-cooked shrimp for this recipe.

Seafood – when it comes to a boil, this is where you can add or substitute items that your guests enjoy. While we added shrimp and snow crab leg clusters, you can also add in crawfish, lobster tails, mussels or clams.

While we have the printable recipe below, if you decide to add in any other seafood, here’s the appropriate cooking times. Be sure to add accordingly:

Crawfish – need about 5-7 minutes of cooking time, if they are rather large crawfish, you’ll want to add an additional minute or two.

Mussels and Clams – these take about 5-7 minutes for the shells to open up.

Lobster Tails – again, about another 5-7 minutes for a 6 oz tail. Once the lobster tail turns bright red, with an opaque flesh, the tails are ready to enjoy!

How To Make a Seafood Boil

corn and red potatoes boiling in white pan

First, you want to start by preparing the boil. In a large pot or Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, combine the water and the beer (if using). Once the water has come to a boil, add in the halved potatoes and corn. Allow them to boil for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

Preheat the oven to 375°.

close up shot of ingredients for sea food boil on sheet pan

To a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, layer all the ingredients you’ll be using. We started by adding the snow crab clusters, shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn.

glass bowl with melted butter, parsley, cajun and old bay seasonings

Now it’s time to start on the garlic butter! In a medium bowl, over medium heat, add in the melted butter, garlic, Old Bay & Cajun seasonings as well as the parsley. Stir until combined.

garlic butter mixture drizzled over sea food boil on baking sheet

Pour the garlic butter over the top of the ingredients & toss together. Our recipe developer doubled the recipe and used a pastry brush to ensure all the ingredients were covered in the delicious sauce before serving.

Bake for about 15 minutes until shrimp is fully cooked.

overhead shot of seafood boil that's been cooked on a sheet pan

Serve, and enjoy!

How to Reheat Seafood Boil

Should you have any leftovers, the best way to reheat a seafood boil is in the oven. Using a nonstick cooking spray, prepare a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 275°. Place the ingredients in an even layer and add a few tablespoons of water to the tray for moisture. Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes. You are simply just reheating the ingredients as it’s already been cooked.

You do not want to heat shrimp up in the microwave. The texture becomes rubbery and dry leaving it almost inedible.

shot of seafood boil on serving platter with bag of wada farms red potatoes

More Delicious Sheet Pan Meals to Enjoy

Sheet Pan Salmon with MandaRosa Citrus – a quick, easy and delicious meal that will leave you feeling healthy!

Sausage and Potato Sheet Pan – you can’t go wrong with throwing some potatoes, carrots and sausage onto a sheet pan with some onions! The flavors are out of this world!

Sheet Pan Smoky Lime Chicken Fajitas – no need to stand over the stove making fajitas for taco night! Throw the ingredients on a sheet pan and let it cook while you make sides, set the table or enjoy a margarita!

Why We Love Wada Farms

Wada Farms is a premier example of 80 years of family-owned farming that has grown tremendously because of hard work and tireless dedication. Established in 1943, Wada Farms began farming potatoes on 160 acres in Pingree, Idaho.

Today, Wada Farms has grown to become one of the nation’s largest suppliers of fresh potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes. When you see that Wada Farms logo, you know you are eating the best!

Related: 80 Years of Sustainably-Grown Potatoes

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Seafood Boil

This seafood boil recipe is one of our favorite recipes that's made at home! It's loaded with shrimp, crab, andouille sausage, eggs and corn on the cob that's packed with cajun flavors that seafood boils are known for! For the show stopper, the garlic butter sauce leaves all the other ingredients dripping in yummy melted butter that's packed with garlic, hot sauce and more Cajun seasonings!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings6 servings


  • 1 lb Wada Farms Red Potatoes washed and halved
  • 2 ears of corn each cut into 3 pieces
  • 1 lb large shrimp raw, deveined, tail on
  • 16 oz. andouille sausage cut into pieces
  • 1 lb. crab legs
  • 1 c unsalted butter
  • 5 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp Old bay seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning


  • In a large pot, add corn and potatoes, bring to a boil and boil over medium high heat for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Drain corn and potatoes. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°,
  • On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place crab legs, shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn as evenly as you can.
  • Next, in a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, garlic and seasonings. Pour over the top or brush on with a pastry brush.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes until shrimp is fully cooked.



Calories: 735kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1292mg | Potassium: 1135mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2427IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 735
Keyword: seafood boil
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Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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