This Louisiana Crab Boil Recipe is an easy and delicious family favorite crab boil recipe. If you ever wanted to have a Crab Boil but wasn’t sure how to prepare and cook the Crabs.
I am going to share my husband’s Blue Crab Boil recipe. My husband has been boiling and cooking seafood since he was a young boy growing up on the Bayou in South Louisiana.
And, this recipe has become a family favorite. I am fortunate that my husband has taught me how to boil seafood the way he knows how.
What is needed to make the Louisiana Crab Boil Recipe?
The first thing you will need is a boiling pot and a propane burner. We use a 160 Qt. Aluminium pot with a strainer basket.
You can use a 90 Qt. Pot or bigger for this recipe.
Louisiana Crab Boil Ingredients
These are the ingredients we used for our Louisiana Crab Boil.
- Corn on the Cob
- Whole Garlic
- Small Red Potatoes (Try to buy potatoes in the netted bag. You can throw the entire bag in the boil.)
- Lemon Juice
- 4 Dozen Blue Crabs (fresh & live)
- Bag Louisiana Crawfish & Crab Boil (powder)
- Louisiana Liquid Crab Boil
What crab boil seasoning is best to use?
We personally prefer Louisiana Crab Boil seasoning for our crab boils, but you can use your favorite seasoning.
Louisiana Crab Boil just happens to be our favorite Crab Boil mix we use.
There’s many great crab boil seasonings on the market like Zatarain’s or Slap Ya Momma.
While we get all the ingredients ready we ice our blue crabs. This is a must so they don’t lose their claws.
Did you know blue crabs drop their claws as a mechanism to protect themselves, this is known as autotomy.
Please be careful when working around open flames and hot water!
Next, it’s time for your crabs to go in the pot along with the vegetables.
Who doesn’t love a crab boil! If you haven’t tried it then it should be a must on your list.
Check out my DIY Homemade Seafood Cooling and Holding Rack.
We made the seafood rack to use for our seafood boils or like some people call them Low-Country Boils.
What can you add to the Louisiana Crab Boil Recipe?
You can add many different ingredients to your crab boil such as:
- Hot Dogs
- Bell Peppers
- Small Red Potatoes
- Whole Garlic
Also, once you have your crabs on a tray you could sprinkle on a bit of Old Bay or Cajun Seasoning on top of them if you like.
Do you have a favorite seafood recipe? Share it in the comments below.
We hope you enjoy our Louisiana Cajun crab boil recipe or should I say our New Orleans crab boil since I’m from New Orleans.
Honestly, whatever you call it we think our Crab Boil is the BEST!
Here’s a few more recipes you might want to check out like my Louisiana Crawfish Boil recipe. We think you’ll love our crawfish boil.
Maybe next time I’ll make a Louisiana Seafood Boil in a Bag recipe. Now doesn’t that sound good?!
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This Louisiana Crab Boil Recipe is an easy and delicious family favorite crab boil recipe.
- 4 Dozen Blue Crabs (fresh and live)
- 4.5 lb. Bag Louisiana Crawfish & Crab Boil (powder)
- 1 – 8oz. bottle Louisiana Liquid Crab Boil
- 4 Lemons cut in half
- 1 cup lemon juice fresh or bottle
- 3 Garlic Whole
- 2 Onions cut in half
- 1 package Celery
- 1–2 lbs of Sausage
- 1 Pack Whole Mushrooms
- 6–8 pieces of Corn
- 1 Bag Small Red Potatoes (about 15 )
- 7 Gallons of Water
- 2 – (8-10 lbs) Bag Ice
1. Rinse your Crabs off and place them in a large ice chest with the plug unplugged, so the crabs don’t drown from melted ice. Pour 1 bag of ice over the crabs. This step is necessary. Pouring ice over the Crabs and immersing them will cause them to be dormant, so they don’t lose their claws. Let the crabs sit on the ice for at least 1 hour before cooking them.
2. Pour 7 gallons of water into the boiling pot, add the bag of seasoning, the bottle of liquid seasoning, and lemon juice in the pot. Stir seasonings, then place the sausage, potatoes (we boil the potatoes in the netted bag it comes in), mushrooms, onions, garlic, lemons in the strainer basket and place into the boiling pot until the water comes to a boil.
3. Once the water comes to a boil, lift the strainer basket out of the water then pour the crabs into the basket and place back into the water.
4. Add the Corn and Celery to the pot. Doesn’t it look delicious? You can use any sausage you like. And omit anything you don’t like.
5. Let the crabs and the other ingredients in the boiling pot cook for 10 minutes once they come to a boil.
6. Once the Blue Crabs and the other ingredients are finished cooking turn off the propane burner and pour the remaining bag of ice into the pot. Let the crabs sit in the pot for 20 minutes before removing them from the pot. * Please keep children and animals away from the pot when cooking and when removing hot food.
7. Using thick gloves or oven mitts carefully remove the strainer basket from the pot and pour the contents of the basket onto a table covered with newspaper or pour everything onto a seafood cooling rack.
8. Turn the crab’s belly side up. This keeps the juice from leaking out which keeps the crabs from drying out. Feeds 4-6 people depending on how much they eat! Make sure to grab lots of paper towels and your favorite beverage before sitting down to eat your Crabs. Enjoy!
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: Cajun
Keywords: crab boil, Louisiana Crab Boil, crab boil recipe, blue crabs, seafood, blue crab boil
This post was updated 6/16/2019.