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Updated on October 28, 2015

Here's one easy healthy idea for a delicious dinner recipe that will have everyone chowing down in no time. If you live on the East coast of the United States then all of the ingredients for this mouth watering dish are literally all in your own backyard in the Summertime. If you are a seafood lover then this meal is right up your road. Nothing could be easier or more festive than a big steaming pot of crab boil or seafood boil to feed your family, and friends. This particular dish can be called either one of these, and it's totally up to you the cook of what you choose to call it.

Old Bay seasoning is great on seafood and just about everything else.
Old Bay seasoning is great on seafood and just about everything else.

This is a very famous dish in the Southern part of the United States, and it can also be cooked and steamed on an outdoor cooker. Here's some easy step by step instructions on how to make your very own crab or seafood boil, which like anything else in life is a simple process once you've done it for a few times. There are many different variations of the ingredients which you can choose from when making a seafood or crab boil. You can certainly choose to use a different type of crab as well as a variation of different ingredients like mussels, clams, sausage, carrots, or some other food that you would prefer to use. The ingredients below are simply what me and my family prefer. But good "Old Bay" seasoning from The land of pleasant living is not a negotiable ingredient, and a must with this recipe.

Crab Boil Ingredients

  • 1 dozen Blue crabs
  • 2 pounds medium size shrimp
  • corn on the cob, cut in half
  • 1 pound small red potatoes
  • 1 cup old bay seasoning
  • onion, chopped or quartered
  • lemon, cut in half
  • 3 cloves garlic
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: serves one large family
  1. Add your corn, potato, lemons, onions, and old bay In a very large covered pot.
  2. Combine water and bring to a boil over a high heat.
  3. After about 5 to 10 minutes remove the lid and layer in the crabs.
  4. Cover the boiling pot back up and cook on medium heat until the crabs are cooked through and done in about 15 to 20 minutes. Add your shrimp to be cooked for the final five minutes.
  5. Strain and dump out your food over a clean newspaper, and dish up on a plate and serve to your hungry family.
Add some good ole Southern style cornbread to soak up all of those delicious juices.
Add some good ole Southern style cornbread to soak up all of those delicious juices.

All of the photographs in this hub I personally took, and not to brag but I'm very pleased with how they all turned out. Sometimes I'm not exactly the best of photographers. Now depending on when you read this hub all of the food, as well as the can of Old Bay seasoning, in these photographs have been long ago consumed by me and my family. The dishes have been washed, returned, and stacked up in the cupboards where they all were originally retrieved from. I just thought that I would point that little tid bit of information out before anyone out there requested some samples. Your family, friends or guest will all probably think that you slaved away for countless hours in a steaming hot kitchen preparing and cooking this delicious tasting and looking meal for all of them to enjoy. When in reality all you did was toss a careful selection of different kinds of food into a big boiling pot, and sit back and wait for it to finish cooking on it's own. Now that's really one simple dinner recipe and effortless meal, isn't it? Bon Appetit :)

In this world you either like crabs or you don't like them.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love crabs and I am in heaven when I can get some. Just last week, I paid $40 for one crab in a local restaurant here in Vietnam. After that, our Vietnamese friends brought me to a buffet and I ate all I could of crabs. I wish I know how they cooked it. It was so sweet.

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      I prefer lobstah! But I enjoy crab cakes; I love seafood except those things with suction cups.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      My hubby loves crabs, but it is not my choice of meals. Your recipe is simple and will make many people sit down to a plesant dinner or lunch. I am still laughing at Dr BJ's joke. Thanks for sharing this recipe idea.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing this interesting recipe.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great recipe and thank you for sharing.


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      TheHoleStory 4 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      Thanks for the joke drbj, and you also have 2 more mystery beer questions waiting on you. Jim I feel the exact same way as you do towards Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, and Eric I didn't know and I'm sorry your west coast crabs aren't as tasty as our east coast crabs.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just wonderful -- simple is so cool. Alas out here West Coast way we must pick our live crabs out of a tank. Oh we have em on this side of the Pacific just not tasty.

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      Jim Wade 4 years ago

      I love the taste & smell of steamed crabs. I can never get enough of them & every year I can hardly wait for the new crabbing season to start.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, THS, for this nice simple recipe. Reminds me of the old joke about the guy who walks into a seafood restaurant and asks the waitress, "Do you serve crabs." She replies, "Sure, just sit down wherever you please."