This homemade seafood boil seasoning guarantees huge flavor for your next seafood boil, perfect for crawfish boils, shrimp boils, crab boils, or a mix.
Seafood Boil Seasoning Recipe
Are you planning your next seafood boil? This is the seasoning for seafood boils that you need.
There are some great seafood boil spice mixes available on the market, but a good Homemade Seafood Boil Seasoning gives you so much flexibility to control the salt and heat levels that you prefer.
You can easily make this spice blend ahead of time to make your next boil as easy as it can be. It's perfect for any type of seafood boil - shrimp boil, crab boil, low country boil, crawfish boil, or any mix of your favorite seafoods.
You can even use it as a general spice blend for any of your seafood recipes, much like a Cajun seasoning. It's incredibly huge on flavor.
Seafood boils are immensely popular, as they can be batched up for large groups and can really feed a crowd. It's always a pleasure standing around in the outdoors, enjoying seafood and all the fixings with friends and family.
They're also easy and convenient to make at home for your own family, as it scales just as easily down for a smaller group.
Let's talk about how to make seafood boil seasoning, shall we?
Seafood Boil Seasoning Ingredients
The full recipe list with measurements is listed in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Cayenne Pepper
- Mustard Seeds
- Garlic Powder
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Onion Powder
- Dried Thyme
- Dried Oregano
- Black Pepper
- Bay Leaves
How to Make Seafood Boil Seasoning - the Recipe Method
Mix all of the spices together in a large bowl. Store in sealed container until ready to use.
Boom! Done! Your seafood boil seasoning is ready to use. Whip this spice mix together for your next seafood boil, crab boil, or crawfish boil, and you're good to go!
How to Use Seafood Boil Seasonings
When you're ready for your seafood boil, load up your large stockpot with water, then use this spice mix to guarantee a flavorful broth that will spice up all of your mouthwatering seafood.
For 10 pounds of seafood add 12 quarts of water (3 gallons) to a large pot along with the crawfish boil seasonings, 2 pounds potatoes, 2 large onions, 2 halved lemons, 3 halved heads of garlic, 1/2 stick of butter, and at least 1 whole bottle of Crystal hot sauce. Bring to a boil, cover, and boil for 15 minutes.
Add 6 ears of corn, 1 pound or more of sliced andouille sausage, and the seafood. Press down beneath the water to cover. Boil for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
Drain and serve onto trays or a newspaper lined table. Enjoy!
Serve it all up with a nice butter sauce or your favorite seafood boil sauce and you're good to go!
Recipe Tips & Notes
- Use the whole spice mix for every 10 pounds of seafood, plus your additions, like andouille sausage, corn, red potatoes, crab legs, jumbo shrimp, hot sauce, lemon juice, and more. A lot of recipes call for only 2-3 tablespoons of seasoning per gallon of water, but use this whole recipe for true flavor penetration.
- Adjust the spice ratios to your preference and customize with other ingredients like celery seed or extra spicy chili flakes.
Homemade seafood boil seasoning will last 6 months stored in a dark, dry place in a sealed container. After 6 months, it starts to lose flavor, though you can still use it.
That's it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my seafood boil recipe. Let me know if you make it. I'd love to hear how it turned out for you, and if you decided to spice it up!
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Seafood Boil Seasoning Recipe
- 1.5 cups salt
- 1/4 cup cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup mustard seeds or use 4 tablespoons ground mustard
- 3 tablespoons ground coriander or 4 tablespoons whole coriander seeds, ground
- 3 tablespoons ground allspice or 6 tablespoons whole allspice, ground
- 3 tablespoons ground dill or 6 tablespoons whole dill seeds, ground
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder You can omit if using whole garlic in your boil
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons black pepper or 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, ground
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon ground cloves or 1.5 tablespoons whole cloves, ground
- 12 bay leaves crumbled
- Mix all of the spices together in a large bowl.
- Store in sealed container until ready to use.