Let’s head into the warmer weather with a fun Seafood Boil the whole family will enjoy.
For us on the East Coast, Summer, Grilling, and Seafood all go hand in hand. Living close to the coast, we have access to some fantastic seafood. And, when the sun is out and the weather gets warmer, our family looks to some lighter fare, and grilled seafood usually is the answer.
We wanted to kick summer into gear with a simple seafood boil on the grill. Grilling a seafood boil may sound silly at first, but trust me, you will not look back after you do it once. This recipe is straightforward, it just has several logical steps to follow, and you will be on your way to legendary backyard BBQ status.
Grilled Seafood Boil
- 1lb Shrimp
- 1lb Crab Claws (or Legs)
- 4 Corn on the Cob
- 10 Small Potatoes
- Seafood Seasoning (We use Old Bay)
- Chicken Stock
- Salt & Pepper
- Sausage (I like Hot Italian Sausage)
- Peel and devein the Shrimp. Season with Old Bay (or seasoning of choice) and set aside
- Season Crab with Old Bay and set aside
- Quarter Potatoes and season lightly with Salt & Pepper
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and add Potatoes and Corn
- Boil Potatoes until the are fork tender. You do not want them to be cooked all the way, It’s best if they have more to go. Set Potatoes and corn to the side.
- Fire up the grill to 400°
- Grill the Sausage for 4 minutes each side. Again, like the Potatoes you do not want the Sausage fully cooked.
- When Sausage is done allow to cool and cut into smaller 1-2″ pieces
- Cut ears of Corn into fours
- Melt 1/2 cup of butter
- In an aluminum cooking pan add Potatoes, Corn, Sausage, Shrimp, and Crab. Pour the melted butter over the ingredients and add 1/2 cup Chicken Stock with some Lemon. (We then place the lemons in the tin to go on the grill.)
- Place pan on the grill and cook for 15-20 minutes (or until the Shrimp is done.)
- Remove from Grill. Let cool for 5 min — serve and enjoy!
Instead of Crab you can also use Clams and place cleaned Clams in the aluminum pan and cook until the Clams open. Remember to discard any Clam that does not open.
NOTE: A good rule of thumb, if you need to scale this recipe, is 1 lb of Shrimp per 4 persons, 1 lb of Crab per 4 persons, and one ear of Corn per person.
We make this recipe a four or five times throughout the warm months. It’s always a fun time when the whole family is digging into a big tray of delicious Seafood.
I know we called this a Seafood Boil and there’s not a lot of boiling going on. We like cooking this on the grill in a pan, because it makes things more fun for everyone. Yes, you can also put all the ingredients in a pot and do a tradition Seafood Boil, but this method turns out great every time for us.
Give it a try and let us know what you think!
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