What is a seafood boil?

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What is a seafood boil?

A seafood boil is a seafood dish used to describe a cooking technique, that contains various kinds of seafood, typically crabs, crawfish, shrimp, and oysters, along with potatoes, onions, and corn, boiled together in a large stockpot until cooked.

A seafood boil will vary based on the region of the country it is prepared.

Can I buy a seafood boil kit?

Yes. There are several options to choose from when looking to purchase a seafood kit.

One of the most popular models is King Kooker, which can for steaming, boiling, or frying.

King Kooker Propane Outdoor Fry Boil Package, comes with (2) pots plus:

  • Welded Steel Frame 12” high/Cast Iron Burner
  • 29qt. Pot w/Lid, Basket, Lifting Hook & Rack
  • 10qt. Fry Pan and Basket w/Heat Resistant Handle
  • LP Hose w/Regulator, Type 1 Connection
  • Battery Operated Timer, Fry Thermometer

Seafood boil How to based on Locale

If you want to eat by the sea but can’t go to a beach, throw a seafood boil to bring the abundance of the sea to you! Seafood boils, which consist of various sorts of fish, shellfish, and seasonal vegetables, are generally the focal point of summertime gatherings in the south, and each location has its unique version of seafood and seasonings.

Louisiana Style

This seafood boil cajun style features crab and shrimp accompanied by corn, onion, celery, potatoes, and a whole host of spices and herbs. This style of boil has more vegetables than many other types, so it’s a great choice if some of your guests aren’t huge fans of seafood.

Here is a great Lousiana Style seafood boil recipe!

Texas Style

This Texas seafood boil recipe is sure to please crawfish fans. For the finest flavor, get live crawfish—about a half-pound per person should be enough. The crawfish are cooked with sausage for an additional savory kick, and the potatoes soak up all of the delectable flavors. This dish employs a seafood seasoning mix rather than a vast range of spices, making it quick and simple to prepare.

Here is a great Texas style seafood boil recipe!


Piles of jumbo delicious shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob, and sweet Vidalia onions are seasoned to perfection. Of course, no Maryland seafood is completed without a generous amount of Old Bay seasoning! If you want to take your seafood boil to the next level, you can certainly add in snow crab legs, clams, mussels, oysters, and lobster tails.

Don’t forget to prepare Hush Puppies as well!

Do you prefer to have someone prepare a seafood boil for you instead? The Delmarva Seafood Boil Company is the best seafood boil restaurant on the Eastern Shore!

New England

The New England seafood low boil ritual is a summer staple in the Northeast, is said to predate the country itself, according to culinary historians. Native Americans constructed pits on beaches hundreds of years before Europeans came and boiled lobster, clams, and maize over seaweed. Like many variations, include your seafood(s) of choice, add potatoes, corn, and smoked sausage, season, and cook.

Here is a great New England seafood boil recipe!

seafood boil recipe cajun

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