Seafood Boil Recipe

Seafood Boil Recipe

This seafood boil contains fresh shrimp, lobster, clams, crab, potatoes, corn and sausage, all boiled in a flavorful broth. An impressive meal in one pot that’s perfect for feeding a crowd!

Fresh seafood never fails to delight, and when I’m really looking for a show stopping recipe I make bacon wrapped scallops, garlic butter shrimp or this fantastic seafood boil.

When I’m looking to enjoy some fresh shellfish, I often end up making a mixed seafood boil. It’s a great option because everything gets tossed into one pot, it’s fun to eat, and of course, it’s loaded with tons of flavor! It’s also a great way to make more expensive ingredients like lobster and crab stretch further, since they’re combined with less expensive items like corn and potatoes.


This‘s recipe contains shrimp, lobster, crab, clams, potatoes, corn and sausage. All of the ingredients are boiled in a seasoned broth, then tossed in a little butter. Add a sprinkling of parsley and some lemon wedges, and dinner is served.

Seafood Boil Recipe


  • I recommend buying the biggest shrimp you can find for this recipe. I use 16-20 count jumbo shrimp.
  • I used Maine lobster tails and Dungeness crab legs, but you can use other varieties including spiny lobster tail, snow crab or king crab.
  • Fresh corn on the cob tastes best in this recipe – you can use white, yellow or bi-color corn.
  • I use small Yukon gold potatoes, but red potatoes are also a great choice.
  • You can use kielbasa or Andouille sausage. Andouille sausage can be a bit spicy, so I’d recommend using that variety if you prefer a little heat.
  • The types of seafood listed in the recipe are just a suggestion – you can use other types such as mussels, scallops or even chunks of firm fish such as swordfish.
  • Make sure you discard any clams that haven’t opened up before you serve your boil.
  • I recommend serving your boil immediately, as seafood is highly perishable and tastes best when freshly cooked.
  • You can use shell-on or peeled shrimp. I personally prefer peeled shrimp because they’re easier to eat.


The seafood ingredients in this recipe cook at different rates, so you’ll want to put the longest cooking items in the boil first, then add the others later on.

  • Lobster: 8-12 minutes
  • Clams: 5-10 minutes
  • Crab: 6-8 minutes for pre-cooked crab, 20 minutes for raw crab
  • Shrimp: 2-3 minutes


A seafood boil can be served as-is, but some people prefer to add more side dishes to round out the meal. Some great options include a green salad, french or sourdough bread, coleslaw, or potato salad. I typically keep things simple with a loaf of garlic bread and sometimes a green veggie such as zucchini, asparagus or green beans.

You just can’t go wrong with a mixed boil, especially when you’re entertaining. The tender seafood pairs so well with the creamy potatoes, smoky sausage and sweet corn. Everyone will be coming back for more!

Seafood Boil

This seafood boil contains fresh shrimp, lobster, clams, crab, potatoes, corn and sausage, all boiled in a flavorful broth. An impressive meal in one pot that’s perfect for feeding a crowd!


  • 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
  • 1 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.


Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 450mg | Sodium: 1892mg | Potassium: 923mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 48.4mg | Calcium: 316mg | Iron: 7.3mg


Living in Atlanta has many perks, but being 5 hours away from the beach is definitely not one of them. Luckily, we’re here to fulfill even your saltiest dreams – with the best seafood restaurants in Atlanta! Many restaurants across Atlanta are serving up all kinds of fresh fish and fresh seafood, from cajun fare to crab legs to fried seafood platters. Although you may not be able to feel the ocean breeze from Atlanta, these seafood restaurants are sure to satisfy your seafood cravings.

1.Atlanta Fish Market

265 Pharr Rd NE | Atlanta, GA 30305

What better way to spend a night than on a dinner cruise? Although you won’t actually be on the water, dining at Atlanta Fish Market will make you feel as though you’re feasting at sea. The beautiful ship-like interior is coupled with a huge display of fresh seafood, making Atlanta Fish Market the perfect excuse to pretend that you’re chillin’ beachside. Their miso seabass is famous around the city, and they also surprisingly have a fantastic selection of sushi!

2. Beetlecat

299 North Highland Avenue Northeast | Atlanta, GA 30307

You can’t talk about seafood in the city without including Beetlecat, an Inman Park spot with fun East coast vibes and the best lobster roll in the city. You can always expect an extensive menu of fresh oysters from all over the country–visit them from 4 to 5pm on a weekday for their $1.50 oyster happy hour. Their fry bread is also incredible, and they even offer a donut brunch on the weekends that’s pure decadence!

3. Big B’s Fish Joint

4600 Roswell Rd d140 | Sandy Springs, GA 30342

We love everything at this casual, family-friendly Sandy Springs joint. Like the name suggests, this is the place to go for a variety of fresh fish: Gulf Red Salmon, Yellow Fin Tuna, and Carolina Rainbow Trout are just some of the items on the menu. They’ve also got a mean lobster roll!

4. Bon Ton Atlanta

674 Myrtle St NE | Atlanta, GA 30308

It’s rare that a restaurant has both awesome decor and awesome food, but that’s exactly what you get at Bon Ton. It’s a super cool, hip atmosphere–walking in to this compact space and you will truly feel like you’ve discovered something underground and special–plus Vietnamese/Cajun food that pleases every time.

5. C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar


The food at Clark & Schwenks Seafood & Oyster Bar aims to fill a gap in the Atlanta restaurant scene. C&S, for short, is a collaboration between two Atlanta food scene veterans with experience in fine French & American restaurants in Atlanta and a dual passion for excellent food. The focus is on fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar and oyster bar, and classic prime steaks. Combine that with a menu that is formidable and spans the fare of the classic Manhattan steakhouse to that of a Parisian brasserie.


6. Canoe

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE | Atlanta, GA 30339

It’s not the beach, but it’s about as close as you can get in Atlanta. A meal at Canoe will take you on a beautiful journey, all the way down to the Chattahoochee River. With an expertly crafted seafood menu spanning from shrimp and fish to octopus and crab, the sound of the river is the icing on the cake (or, in this case, the oyster on the cracker) of this magical seafood experience.

7. Chops Lobster Bar

70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW | Atlanta, GA 30305

You can’t talk Buckhead without talking about Buckhead Life Restaurants Group, a popular group of restaurants among the well-heeled in Atlanta. And Chops is fantastic not only for their steak, but for their fresh fish flown in daily. Their fried lobster tail is a true sight to behold, and they’ve also got a killer ahi tuna and lobster bisque!

8. Cousins Maine Lobster Restaurant

3393 Peachtree Rd NE | Atlanta, GA 30326

Lobster rolls are calling and you can get them in Atlanta on the go! Whether you want to dine in or take it to go, Cousins Maine Lobster restaurant makes it possible. Good seafood that’ll make you feel near the sea, that’s the goal here.

9. Fishmonger

674 North Highland Ave | Atlanta, GA 30306

Fishmonger always is serving their fresh fish with amazing flavor. There is outdoor and indoor seating with a market and an open kitchen.  Fishmonger does have limited options but all with mind-blowing taste like their ceviche and shrimp roll.  A great dish that can never go wrong is the grouper with a caesar  salad!

10. Hook, Line, & Schooner

4600 W Village Way Suite 3009 | Smyrna, GA 30080

Smyrna’s Hook, Line, & Schooner is one of the best value seafood places in town. Everything is fresh and delicious, with sizeable portions too! It’s a family-friendly, no muss kind of atmosphere that will quickly become your neighborhood go-to spot. Their mayo-based lobster roll is the most popular item on the menu–they sell *tons* in a day–but be sure to leave room for some cake!

11. Hugo’s Oyster Bar

10360 Alpharetta St | Roswell, GA 30075

If you’re looking for some quality spice to cure your hankering for the water, the food at Hugo’s Oyster Bar is sure to transport you to the Gulf. The signature oysters with bacon, jalapeño, and cheddar are unreal (seriously – we still can’t believe these things) and the Po’ Boys will have you crying “oh boy”. Some people say “go for the gold”, we say go for the gumbo. But really, you can’t go wrong at Hugo’s Oyster Bar.

12. Lagarde

5090 Peachtree Blvd Suite D-100 | Chamblee, GA 30341

For a cajun and creole take on seafood, there’s few spots as great as Lagarde. Atlanta Chef Jamie Adams comes from a rich cajun background, with two parents born and raised in New Orleans. He’s taken his history and combined it with his expertise in the kitchen to create LaGarde – Chamblee’s best new restaurant for cajun cuisine. Whether it’s BBQ shrimp, oyster po boys, red beans and rice, or a succulent sazerac – every dish at LaGarde feels like you just strolled in after throwing some back at Lafitte’s or Napoleon House and you’re ready for more.

13. Louisiana Bistreaux


Louisiana Bistreaux has been an East Point staple for cajun food for years, and now they’ve expanded to Decatur and Buckhead. Their signature dishes have to be a toss-up between the very decadent “Angus Ribeye Orleans,” which is a grilled ribeye topped with crawfish and lump crabmeat and their “Crawtator Grouper,” a grouper crusted with Zapp’s crawtator chips in a cajun crawfish sauce on jalapeno gouda grits. Yeah, it’s a flavor bomb that’ll put you into a food stupor in the best way possible.

14. Mac’s Raw Bar

23 N Park Square | Marietta, Ga 30060

Mac’s Raw Bar is one of the newest delicious additions to Marietta. They live up to their name with an incredibly fresh raw bar, and they have tons of seafood favorites like lobster rolls, po’ boys and fish tacos. One of our favorites – their baked cheesy crab dip. It’s still bubbling when it comes to the table and stretches to the heavens when you dip it. Another great feature at Mac’s are their cooked take-home meals, where you can get terrific to go options like low country boils and more.

15. Marietta Fish Market

3185 Canton Rd | Marietta, GA 30066

At Marietta Fish Market, the seafood is flown in daily.  Whether it’s flounder from the Northeast, crab legs from Alaska, shrimp and grouper from the gulf, lobsters from Maine, Chilean sea bass or Greek lavraki – there’s a fresh fish from somewhere around the world at the market.  A great night for family seafood dining, you’ll get a feel for the ocean too – with an enormous fish tank, a lighthouse on the top of the restaurant and boats and sand throughout the parking lot, it’s like the Marietta Fish Market washed ashore to make you a delicious seafood dinner.

16. The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Rd | Atlanta, GA 30318

You didn’t really think we’d talk about seafood without mentioning one of Atlanta’s all time favorites… did you? The Optimist is always an unforgettable dining experience, thanks to Owner-Chef Ford Fry and Executive Chef Tye Carpenter. The bar is absolutely stunning, perfectly designed for oyster slurping. The featured seafood is hearth-roasted and delicious, but a favorite is the salmon crudo with strawberries – the perfect summer fish dish. Even if you’ve got the beach blues, The Optimist’s Georgia Shrimp a la Plancha will remind you why you love it here.

17. The Pirate’s Boil

2451 Cobb Pkwy SE | Smyrna, GA 30080

This Smyrna spot is where you want to go for seafood boils! Pick from various spice levels and prepared to take some food home, because the portions are huge! This place is definitely a hole-in-the-wall, but you’ll leave happier with a stomach full of crawfish, crab, and all the seafood fixings your heart desires.

18. Six Feet Under

Multiple Locations

For killer views but unpretentious and affordable seafood, check out Six Feet Under in Grant Park and West Midtown. They’ve got all the fried seafood platters and baskets your heart could possibly desire, with hushpuppies and fries and all that good stuff. Enjoy their oysters rockefeller to get your oyster fix or go a little adventurous with their gator bites. Be sure to visit the rooftop to take in the breathtaking Atlanta skyline views–they totally steal the show.

19. Steami’s Lobster

3350 Steve Reynolds Blvd Ste 206 Duluth, GA 30096

For a lobster roll that’s absolutely worth the drive, head to Steami’s Lounge in Duluth, GA. They’re serving up lobster rolls every which way. Want to really ball out? For $58, get the lobster roll trio with your choice of a Maine or Connecticut Lobster roll, a Shrimp roll, and a Crab roll.

20. Wild Crab

Multiple Locations

What’s better than a wild night with a fishbowl sized cocktail and one of the best boils in a bag you can find in Atlanta? At Wild Crab you can get it all – along with fun vibes – in two locations, Hiram and Decatur. They make great shrimp and grits, seafood pastas and fried favorites on top of their boils – basically, anything you’d want from a seafood place, you can find at Wild Crab. They’ve also got spectacular smashburgers, along with their aforementioned cocktails.

The Best Seafood Restaurants Around Boston Right Now

The Best Seafood Restaurants Around Boston Right Now

From Mediterranean-inspired hotspots to old-school crab shacks serving New England classics.

Our restaurant scene is constantly evolving, but this is also a city steeped in tradition. So when we chose the best seafood restaurants in Boston, we cast a wide net. From a quirky little spot serving lobster sandwiches to buzzy destinations for crudo and cocktails, we’ve got you covered.

Alive & Kicking Lobsters

It looks like a fish out of water in its residential Cambridge neighborhood. But that’s part of the cult appeal of this no-frills joint, where the small menu focuses on steamers, chowders, and a fairly famous lobster sandwich—don’t call it a roll!—of luscious, mayo-tossed meat on Italian-style scali bread. Gulp it down on the backyard picnic tables, or take some market-fresh fish selections home.

269 Putnam Ave., Cambridge, 617-876-0451.

Atlantic Fish Co.

A Back Bay anchor since 1978, this old-school surf-and-turf still delivers. It’s a place to power-lunch over a shellfish-stocked Captain’s Platter, or close a deal over a dinner of linguine with clams, crab-crusted haddock, or filet mignon. When it’s time to celebrate, uncork something from a smart wine list that includes selections from the restaurant group’s own proprietary label.

761 Boylston St., Boston, 617-267-4000, 

The Barking Crab

You can’t miss that bright red- and yellow-striped big top tent on the waterfront. This Seaport fixture beckons with its boisterous crowds gathered for classic crab-shack eats: platters piled high with crustaceans for dipping in drawn butter, fried-seafood standards—like Ipswich clams or Rhode Island calamari— for scarfing, and plenty of cold beer to wash it all down. The space is strung with lobster traps and strands of lights; it ain’t fancy, but it’s a lot of fun.

88 Sleeper St., Boston, 617-426-2722, 

The Best Seafood Restaurants Around Boston Right Now

B&G Oysters

Barbara Lynch, doyenne of Boston dining, is the captain of this seafood restaurant in the heart of the South End. Head to its adorably cloistered rear patio, then dive in to a wide-ranging raw bar selection, Mediterranean-inflected fish preparations, and elegant expressions of New England seafood standards.

550 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-0550, 

The Daily Catch

It’s all about Sicilian-style seafood at this North End-born, family-owned restaurant, a decades-spanning institution that has branched off to locations in Brookline and Vermont. Check the chalkboard menu to find out what’s fresh, from clam and calamari swimming in marinara, to puttanesca with puréed olive and anchovy butter. Take note: The original 20-seat spot is cash-only, but generous portions make it worth every dollar.

323 Hanover St., Boston, 617-523-8567; 65 Atlantic Ave., Boston, 617-772-4400; 441 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-734-2700, 

Ivory Pearl

It’s pretty impressive to pull off a restaurant opening in the middle of a pandemic, but that’s exactly what happened when restaurateur Ran Duan (of Brookline’s Blossom Bar and Woburn’s Baldwin Bar) launched Ivory Pearl in 2020. Then again, it helps when you have attention-grabbing offerings like a “tentacle hot dog”—octopus sidled into a split-top bun with sauerkraut, roe, mustard, and sliced green apple—as well as impressively towering raw-bar platters that overflow with uni, oysters, king crab legs, and caviar. Duan is a renowned spirits expert, too, so don’t sleep on the cocktail list, which highlights some wonderful carbonated concoctions inspired by seafood-friendly wines (see: the Champagne Papi, vodka with koji rice, citric acid, and honeydew).

1704 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-487-5297,

James Hook + Co. 

For decades, this family-owned seafood wholesaler has been serving fish-market fare out of its counter-service shanty by Boston Harbor. The lobster rolls are iconic, of course. But don’t snooze on the creamy, sherry-spiked lobster bisque, jumbo crab cakes, or double-stuffed clams. Here’s where to hook a simple but spectacular bite to take back to the office, or for a weekend walk along the waterfront.

440 Atlantic Ave., Boston, 617-423-5501,

Seafood Salad

Seafood Salad

This seafood salad is a blend of imitation crab and shrimp in a creamy dill dressing with fresh vegetables. An easy high protein lunch option that takes just minutes to make!

I love a good salad for lunch, I often whip up a quick orzo salad, ramen noodle salad, or this irresistible seafood salad. This salad can be served in so many different ways and it always gets rave reviews.

I love a good seafood salad, and it’s actually so easy to make at home! I used to stop by my grocery store deli to pick some up, but now I just whip up a batch in minutes whenever the craving strikes.


The base of this salad is shrimp and imitation crab meat. The seafood is combined with celery, red onion, fresh dill, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice and mayonnaise. Everything gets tossed together to make an ultra creamy and flavorful salad.


Seafood salad is often made with imitation crab, because it’s inexpensive, available year round, and can be found in almost every grocery store. Imitation crab is made of mild white fish, typically Alaskan Pollock, which is blended with other ingredients to form a product that looks and tastes similar to real crab. You can use real crab in your seafood salad if you prefer, but it’s definitely easier to go with imitation crab.

Seafood Salad


  • I use imitation crab flakes because they’re already cut into bite sized pieces. You can also buy the stick-style imitation crab and slice it yourself.
  • I highly recommend using fresh dill, the flavor is superior to dried dill. If you need to use dried dill, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of dried for fresh.
  • You can use low fat mayonnaise if desired.
  • I like to use small salad sized shrimp so that they’re bite sized, look for shrimp that are 51-60 count per pound.
  • It’s best to use raw shrimp which are then briefly boiled and cooled in an ice bath. This will give your shrimp the best flavor and texture. You can use pre-cooked shrimp in a pinch.
  • I recommend making sure your red onion is finely chopped so that you don’t get large pieces in each bite. You can also use sliced green onions instead of red onion for a milder flavor.
  • This seafood salad can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • You can use any combination of seafood that you like in this salad, just be sure that the total weight is one pound of seafood. Other great options include bay scallops or diced lobster meat.


You can eat this seafood salad as-is, or serve it in a variety of different presentations.

  • Lettuce: Spoon your salad into a butter lettuce cup.
  • Crackers: Serve your salad with a side of buttery crackers.
  • Sandwich: Add your seafood to a toasted and buttered roll along with some green leaf lettuce.
  • Avocado: Spoon your seafood into an avocado half.
  • Pasta: Add 8 ounces of cooked short pasta to make a pasta salad.
  • Cucumber: Spoon onto cucumber slices for an easy party snack.
  • Puff Pastry: Fill up cooked puff pastry shells with the salad.
  • Tomato: Hollow out a tomato and fill it with seafood salad.

No matter how you serve your crab and shrimp salad, it’s sure to be a hit! I always get requests for the recipe when I serve this salad at events, people go crazy over it!

Seafood Salad

This seafood salad is a blend of imitation crab and shrimp in a creamy dill dressing with fresh vegetables. An easy high protein‘s lunch option that takes just minutes to make!


  • 8 ounces imitation crab meat flaked style or sticks cut into slices
  • 8 ounces raw shrimp I use 51-60 count for this recipe
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 1/2 cup celery finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons red onion minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped, plus more for garnish


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the quartered lemon.
  • Add the shrimp to the pot and cook for 1-2 minutes or until pink and opaque. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Drain the shrimp then pat dry.
  • Place the shrimp, imitation crab, celery, red onion, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, salt, pepper, mayonnaise and dill in a bowl. Toss gently to coat.
  • Garnish with additional fresh dill and serve, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 648mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1.5mg