One of my favourite ways to enjoy seafood is getting my hands messy in a heap of freshly cooked catch. In fact, I love the whole Crab Pot experience: wearing bibs, having my food spread right on the table and hammering into each shell to get into the sweet crustacean meat. Recreate this experience at home with my simple stove top seafood boil recipe and DIY lobster bib.
I’ve used both crab and lobster tail for this recipe and have found lobster tail significantly easier to work with. I‘m still extremely apprehensive when it comes to cooking live crabs (credit to boyfriend who did all handling of living creatures).
Ingredients: (4 servings)
- 4 lobster tails OR 2 crabs
- 1 lb, shell-on shrimp
- 1 lb red potatoes, halved
- 4 chorizo sausages cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 cobs of corn, husked and quartered
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 2 tablespoons, Old Bay Seasoning (plus more for serving)
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed (plus more for garlic butter)
- ½ cup, butter
- 4 lemon wedges
- Parsley for seasoning (optional)
- 1 tablespoon, salt
- 1 teaspoon, pepper
- In a large pot combine celery, garlic, onion, Old Bay seasoning and 10 cups of water (Use 14 cups of water if boiling crab). Add potatoes, chorizo, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add lobster tails/crab and cook over high heat covered for 15 minutes. Add corn; cook, covered for 6 minutes. Add shrimp; cook, covered until shrimp are cooked through, 4 to 8 minutes.
- Remove seafood, corn, potatoes and chorizo and transfer to a large bowl or platter. Reserve 1 cup of liquid broth and mix with ½ cup butter and garlic. This will be used for dipping. Sprinkle some more Old Bay seasoning and squeeze lemon wedges over all the catch.
Cover the serving table with newspaper/wax paper and unload the seafood boil spread on top. Garnish with parsley. Crack open and enjoy!
DIY Lobster Bib
What you need:
- 1 white garbage bag
- Lobster bib template (download) – bib will require two 8 ½ x 11 sheets of paper for print
- Sharpie pens (optional)
- Fold the white garbage bag in half and trace the lobster bib template onto the folded side. Cut out the traced design. This should yield 2 bibs from the front and back layer of the garbage bag.
- Use the Sharpie pens to draw on designs. I drew a lobster on mine.
- To wear, tie the two ends around the neck like a baby bib. If the bib seems a bit tight, you can stretch a bit along the neck to create more room.