The Seafood Boil: An Event for Family & Friends - The Tea & Spice Shoppe

The Seafood Boil: An Event for Family & Friends

Seafood boils are a great way to get friends and family together for a shared meal. Typically they feature a diverse selection of seafood, such as crab, shrimp, lobster, clams, and mussels. This variety allows everyone to find something they enjoy, catering to different tastes and preferences. Eating them often involves getting your hands a little messy, which can be a fun and interactive way to enjoy a meal. It's a tactile experience that adds to the enjoyment and this communal aspect fosters a sense of togetherness, making it a perfect way to bond over a meal.

But before we get any deeper into seafood boils, here's a recipe my family enjoyed this past week.


  • 3 lemons divided use
  • 1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning plus more for garnish
  • 8 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 onion peeled and cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 pound small Yukon gold potatoes halved
  • 4 ears corn on the cob cut into 3-4 inch pieces
  • 3 lobster tails
  • 1 pound clams scrubbed
  • 1 pound crab legs pre-cooked
  •  pound smoked sausage cut into 1 inch pieces, kielbasa or andouille are preferred
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined (leave tails on)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • Cut 2 of the lemons into quarters. Slice the remaining lemon into wedges and reserve the wedges for garnish.
  • Fill a large pot with 14-16 cups of water. Place the 2 quartered lemons in the water along with the Old Bay seasoning, garlic and onion. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the potatoes to the pot and cook for 8 minutes.
  • Add the lobster tails and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the clams, crab, and corn, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and sausage and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drain the seafood mixture from the pot, reserving 1 cup of the broth.
  • Melt the butter in a small bowl and whisk it into the reserved broth. Pour the broth over the seafood mixture.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges. Sprinkle with additional Old Bay seasoning to taste, then serve immediately.

Here's how ours turned out :)

seafood boil

Seafood boils are known for their bold and complex flavors. The seafood is cooked with a medley of aromatic spices and seasonings, infusing every bite with a burst of savory, spicy, and sometimes slightly sweet flavors.

Seafood boils are often associated with specific seasons or events. For example, in the United States, crab and crawfish boils are a popular summer activity, while in some Asian countries, seafood boils are enjoyed during festivals or family gatherings.

Seafood is a nutritious protein source, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Seafood boils offer a healthy dining option that's both delicious and good for you.

The combination of great food, good company, and a lively atmosphere makes seafood boils a memorable dining experience. It's often the kind of meal you'll talk about and look forward to repeating.

In essence, seafood boils offer a delightful fusion of flavors, a sense of camaraderie, and an opportunity to explore diverse culinary traditions. Whether you're a seafood connoisseur or just beginning to explore the world of seafood, a seafood boil promises an unforgettable dining experience that celebrates the joy of sharing good food with loved ones!

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