A Mississippi native...Louisiana hybrid

Cajun Seafood Sauce

Cajun Crab and Shrimp Boil

Delicious and Easy Seafood Boil

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 4


  • 3 lbs Crab Legs, cleaned and rinsed
  • 2 lbs Shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 1 tbsp Salt, optional
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 1 Lemon, sliced in half and juiced
  • 3 tsp Liquid Crab Boil Louisiana Brand
  • 2 lbs Small potatoes
  • 4-6 Corn on the cobb
  • 1 cup Broth
  • 2 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Crab and Shrimp boil dry seasoning Louisiana or Zatarains
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper(optional)
  • 1 tbsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • 5 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 5 sticks Unsalted Butter
  • 1 whole Garlic Bulb (minced)

Recipe Notes

Bring 1/2 gallon of water to a rolling boil. Add bay leaves, lemon juice, liquid crab boil, Louisiana crab and shrimp boil dry seasoning, old bay and salt to a rolling boil in a dutch oven.

Add corn and potatoes to water and cook for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside in a bowl.

Then, add crab legs to the same pot of water that the potatoes were in and return heat to medium-high and cover. Steam crab for 6-8 minutes precooked, 20 minutes raw, turn off the heat and place pot on a cool burner. You may leave the crab legs in the water to soak up all of the seasonings and start your garlic butter mixture. If you prefer, less infused, remove crab legs from water and set aside.

Next, in a seperate pot, melt butter, minced garlic and red pepper flakes on low heat. 

Stir and simmer for 2-3 minutes, add remaining seasonings and chicken broth to the butter mixture and toggle the heat betweeen low to medium.

Introduce shrimp to pan in 3 divided servings and fold into sauce with each portion. Cook each divided batch for 4-5 minutes and repeat with remaining shrimp until all are  done. Do not overcook your shimp.

If you chose to allow your crab legs to soak in the water seasoning, now is the time to remove them and lay out the crab, shrimp, corn and potatoes on a serving dish and ladle the garlic butter sauce over everything layer by layer.

Sprinkle with parsley if desired and enjoy.