While mainly a huge hit in the south, the use of crab boil is growing in popularity. Crab boil is available for purchase all of the United States, but oddly enough not anywhere else in the world. Here is an article to reference if you’re looking to bring some Louisiana flavor into your own home. Also included is an instructional video and helpful reference links. Make sure to keep checking back here at Big Daddy’s Seafood Market for more useful seafood recipes.
How To Make Your Own Crab Boil Seasoning-Big Daddy’s Seafood Market
There are just some things in Louisiana that are considered staples in ones kitchen and a good crab boil is one of them! While you can purchase different crab boils from grocery stores, it is usually cheaper (and better, in my opinion) to make your own. It usually comes in the form of a little pack of spices that you would just throw into the water that you’ll boil your seafood in and makes it spicy and delicious! Just a tip though, make sure you don’t lean in too close with your face and breathe in, or you’ll get into a sneezing tizzy! This boil works with really any type of shellfish.
What you need:
Four Tbsp of yellow mustard seeds
Three Tbsp of coriander seeds
Two Tbsp of whole allspice
Two Tbsp of dill seeds
One Tbsp of whole cloves
One Tbsp of crushed red pepper
Eight bay leaves
Salt and cayenne pepper (or liquid hot sauce)
What To Do:
You’ll want to combine all of your dry ingredients well. Then place then in a square of muslin or cheesecloth and tie it securely with a string. Add your salt and cayenne (or the hot sauce) to your water to taste, then bring it to a boil. Once water is boiling, put in your bag of seasoning and boil it for several minutes. You’ll want to do this until the boiling liquid is seasoned and has a tint to it. Lastly you’ll add the vegetables or shellfish (or both) and cook until it’s done.
* This makes enough crab boil seasoning for 5lbs of seafood.