GARLIC BUTTER SEAFOOD BOIL
Living in Houston for so many years, I realized how big of a deal crawfish season is! Any and every chance Houstonians get, they have a crawfish boil, or attend a crawfish boil.
There is something so magical about the opportunity to fellowship around a huge pot of seafood, a cold beverage, and good friends or family! Well this seafood boil provides that same opportunity!
Hands down the best seafood garlic butter sauce I’ve made and tried! I wish I had a picture of it but it looked so good that I instantly had to dig in! Will definitely be using again when I’m in the mood for snow crab legs which is usually once a month! A must try for all my seafood lovers out there!
5 clusters Snow crab legs, washed thoroughly
1 pound Shrimp, deveined, tail on
1 pound Andouille sausage, cut into thick slices
6 Corn on the cob
6 Baby red potatoes
SEASONINGS TO BOIL SEAFOOD
5 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
1 whole Lemon, juiced
3 Bay leaves
SEAFOOD BOIL SAUCE
3 tablespoons Garlic, diced
1 whole Onion, diced
1 Lemon, juiced
4 sticks Butter
1/4 cup Olive oil
2 cups Chicken broth, optional (see notes below)
1-2 dashes Tabasco sauce
SEASONING FOR SAUCE (ADJ. LEVEL OF SPICINESS TO YOUR LIKING)
3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
3 tablespoons Paprika
1 tablespoon Cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon Red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Lemon pepper seasoning, (optional depending on fresh lemon juice)
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Fill up a large stockpot with water, leaving enough room at the top to add the seafood. Add old bay seasoning, lemon, and bay leaves. Bring to a light boil.
Add the crab legs, sausage ,and corn. Cover with a lid and boil for 15 minutes.
Add the shrimp. Boil for 5 minutes (shrimp will turn pink, do not overcook).
Drain the water and remove bay leaves. Transfer to serving dish or leave in the stock pot.
Pour that delicious garlic butter sauce all over,, and/or reserve some sauce on the side to dip the seafood in (recipe below).
GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE
Melt one stick of butter and olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add onions and sauté until they become translucent.
Add Garlic and saute for 30 seconds, stirring constantly so garlic doesn’t burn. Add juice of the lemon, and all the seasonings. Adjust cayenne and red pepper to your level of spiciness.
Add remaining 3 sticks of butter. Simmer until butter is melted, stirring constantly.
If using chicken broth, gently stir it into the mixture now. Pour over your favorite seafood and/or reserve some for dipping.
Chicken broth is used to “cut” the sauce. It does not take away from the flavor in any way. In fact- it’s great to add broth if trying to create more sauce, or pour directly over your seafood boil. Sauce can also be used for dipping.