Cajun Seafood Boil

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Hosting a cajun seafood boil is a great adult end of summer gathering. The casual party design and food display makes for a very relaxing environment!

Cajun Seafood Boil

I always love gatherings that are no fuss and super casual. This succulent baby shower and our farm to table dinner party were so fun, I knew I wanted to do another something great like them!

This lobster boil is truly an incredible way to bring together friends in a no-rush atmosphere. You can just sit back and enjoy good food and conversation. 

Since finding these lobster accessories while on a shopping trip at my favorite store, TJ Maxx, I knew I had to host a lobster boil. The table cloth is bright and fun while also being very affordable.

The lobster napkins were the perfect accompaniment to the table cloth and also were just a few dollars. I laid newspaper over the table cloth down the center of the table to put our fresh seafood on.

For this lobster boil we kept it super simple. I didn’t worry about tons of seasoning, I just used salted water and have incredible quality butter (Kerrygold is my favorite) to serve warm with the fresh seafood.

Menu

We live in Utah so there is no really fresh lobster around. The good thing for me though is that we have an amazing butcher at our local Harmons who is always trying to accommodate our needs.

He ordered in crawfish for me and also got live lobsters for me to pick up the morning of the lobster boil. You could absolutely taste their freshness!

I have to tell you guys though that I was terrified, like really terrified to cook those live lobsters. Our butcher even warned me about one with a mad face drawn on the package.

He said, “Good luck with that one, it is fiesty!” Luckily my mom and hubby were willing to help but I am not going to lie, it was pretty scary! I recommend using a big oven glove.

Serve warm gluten-free cornbread muffins and cold apple beer (non-alcoholic) along with your seafood for an entire feast. Since you are already making so much food, I recommend delegating out the dessert.

Lobster and Lemon Sugar Cookies

I knew from the start that I wanted to keep dessert simple but also wanted it to be my wow factor so I called my friend Shanan over at Enchanted Cookie Boutique. I gave her my idea for these lobster and lemon cookies and she couldn’t have executed them more perfectly! 

Shanan is amazing and I have featured her decorated sugar cookies before like these Thanksgiving cookies and charcuterie cheeseboard cookies. Shanan ships nationwide and is very reasonably priced. Her cookies were definitely the WOW factor for this party.

Seafood Boil Sides

It wouldn’t be a lobster boil without some sort of muffin or biscuit in my books. So I decided to go with a classic cornbread muffin served in a copper tin. The Old Bay seasoning jar made the perfect little pop of decor on our wood nautical boat shelf.

Cut lemons were the perfect cut to all the flavors our of cajun seafood boil. I love the pop of citrus in flavor and color on the table. 

Little Old Bay buttered popcorn bags made the perfect take home treat for my guests. We also sent everyone home with darling lobster plates wrapped in twine. I wanted to make sure that the gals had something lobster”y” in case they ever wanted to host their own lobster boil!

Overall, it was such a fun and casual gathering with friends and fellow foodies. I loved that we got to sit outdoors and visit while eating some incredibly fresh seafood!

So how do you make a cajun seafood boil?

  • In LARGE stock pots, bring water to a boil with a few teaspoons of salt.
  • Once it is boiling, add the red potatoes and cook 8-9 minutes. Keep the potatoes in the water and cooking while you continue to add the next ingredients.
  • Add sliced kielbasa sausage and lobsters one at a time. Cook 8 minutes per pound of your average, not total, lobster weight.
  • So if you have lobsters that are 1.5 lbs, cook 12 minutes.
  • Five minutes into your lobsters cooking, add the clams either tied in a cheesecloth or placed in a steamer basket so as to keep the meat inside once they open.
  • During the last 5 minutes of your lobsters cooking, add the corn on the cob.
  • Once lobsters are done, remove them and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • Drain the remainder of ingredients and pour hot onto the newspaper and sprinkle with chipotle and Old Bay seasonings.
  • Serve right away with warm butter.
Cajun Seafood Boil

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Cajun Seafood Boil

Hosting a cajun seafood boil is a great adult end of summer gathering. The casual party design and food display makes for a very relaxing environment!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword boil, cajun, lobster boil, seafood
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 733kcal
Author Chandice
Cost $40

Ingredients

  • 2 Fresh lobster
  • 400 g Crawfish
  • 100 g Oysters
  • 400 g Shrimp
  • 400 g Kielbasa sausage
  • 1 lbs Red potatoes
  • 4 Corn on the cob
  • 50 g Warm butter
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 tsp cajun seasoning

Instructions

  • In LARGE stock pots, bring water to a boil with a few teaspoons of salt.
  • Once it is boiling, add the red potatoes and cook 8-9 minutes. Keep the potatoes in the water and cooking while you continue to add the next ingredients.
  • Add sliced kielbasa sausage and lobsters one at a time. Cook 8 minutes per pound of your average, not total, lobster weight.
  • So if you have lobsters that are 1.5 lbs, cook 12 minutes.
  • Five minutes into your lobsters cooking, add the clams either tied in a cheesecloth or placed in a steamer basket so as to keep the meat inside once they open.
  • During the last 5 minutes of your lobsters cooking, add the corn on the cob.
  • Once lobsters are done, remove them and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • Drain the remainder of ingredients and pour hot onto the newspaper and sprinkle with chipotle and Old Bay seasonings.
  • Serve right away with warm butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 733kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 446mg | Sodium: 2056mg | Potassium: 1231mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 230mg | Iron: 5.3mg

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*This was originally posted September 2017. It has since been updated with new information and the recipe changed slightly.

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