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shrimp, crab, sausage pieces and potatoes on brown paper

Cajun Seafood Boil

Made with fresh shellfish, baby potatoes, corn on the cob and smoked sausage, this Cajun seafood boil is packed with spicy flavor and fun!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun/Creole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 302kcal



  • 3 ears corn cut in 3-4" pieces
  • 12 ounces smoked sausage sliced
  • 3 lemons halved
  • 1 red onion halved
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¼ cup Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons seafood boil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 head garlic cut in half
  • 1 beer
  • 12 ounces baby potatoes halved
  • 1 pound head-on shrimp
  • 1 pound crab legs
  • 1 pound fresh mussels


  • Combine all the ingredients except the potatoes and the seafood and cover with water.
  • Bring to a boil and add the potatoes. Boil for 15 minutes.
  • Add the seafood, turn off the heat and let sit, covered for 15-20 minutes.


  1. Will need a very large stock pot so everything will fit (a Dutch oven will be too small).
  2. You can use whatever types of seafood you like in place of what is called for in the recipe - as long as it is about 3-4 pounds. Fresh is best.
  3. If you prefer not to cook with alcohol, you can omit the beer.
  4. Any type of smoked sausage will work for this recipe. Add more or less as you prefer.
  5. Fresh or frozen corn on the cob will work great.


Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1513mg | Potassium: 776mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1787IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg