Best Crawfish Boil Recipe
This Louisiana Crawfish Boil contains mouth-watering crawfish, corn, potatoes, and smoked sausage, all boiled in Old Bay seasoning flavored Cajun-style broth. Serve it with the classic seafood garlic butter sauce for the ultimate crawfish boil recipe.
- 2 ½ lbs crawfish shell-on, fresh or frozen
- 4 ears corn cut into 3-4 inch pieces
- 1 pound small yellow potatoes halved, you can also use red baby potatoes
- 1 onion peeled and sliced into 6 wedges
- 1 pound smoked sausage andouille or kielbasa, sliced into 1-inch thick pieces
- 8 cloves garlic smashed
- 1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning
- 1 lemon quartered
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter for serving melted, or garlic butter seafood sauce, see recipe notes
- 2 tablespoons optional chopped parsley
Fill up a large pot with water over medium-high heat. Add old bay seasoning, garlic, and lemon. Bring it to a boil.
Add corn and baby potatoes into the water. Boil for about 10 minutes.
Add sausage and onions. Cover with a lid and boil for an additional 5 minutes.
Gently stir in crawfish. Boil for 5-6 minutes or until the crawfish turns into bright red color. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (If you crawfish is pre-cooked, you'll only need 3-4 minutes; if yours is frozen, add 2-3 more minutes.)
Drain the mixture (you can reserve about 1/2 cup of the broth for serving).
Transfer the crawfish boil to a serving plate or on the newspaper.
Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with melted butter or homemade seafood boil sauce. Enjoy!
- For Homemade Crawfish Boil Sauce:
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 cups unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
- 1 ½ cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
- How to Make Homemade Crawfish Boil Sauce
- In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add 1/2 cup of butter and oil.
- Once the butter is melted, add onions and stir fry until they’re soft.
- Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add Old Bay seasoning, lemon pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and brown sugar. Mix together.
- Turn the heat to low and add the remaining butter.
- Simmer until the butter is melted, stirring constantly.
- Add chicken broth and cook for a few minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened.
- Remove from heat. Pour the sauce over your favorite seafood boil or serve it as a dipping sauce.
Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 680mg | Potassium: 785mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 283IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 4mg