It’s soft shell crab season in many parts of the US right now and if you haven’t taken advantage of that yet, I strongly recommend doing so!
Sweet, delicate crab meat is so delicious. It’s also an excellent source of nutrients, protein, and those important Omega 3s. Crab is also a low-risk seafood for mercury — great news!
Now back to the crab boil.
Your family is going to love you for fixing a crab boil for dinner. Involve the children by asking them to lay down a tablecloth of newspapers and to put down a stack of extra napkins.
The kids can also help you with the prep for this meal, no matter what their ages.
Here’s what you need for your basic crab boil: a large pot (maybe two depending on how many people you are feeding), tools for getting the meat out of the crab shells, cold white wine, and/or beer.
It’s a crab boil!
- New potatoes
- 2-3 live crabs per person
- 1/2 pound smoked sausage per person
- 1 ear organic corn per person, halve them
- sea salt
- cayenne pepper
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- black pepper
- • cayenne pepper
- • onion powder
- • garlic powder
- • paprika
- • black pepper
- Cut your potatoes in slices about a half-inch thick and place them in your pot.
- Add water to cover the potatoes by an inch or so.
- Add your seasoning and a few good pinches of sea salt.
- Here’s where the kids can be helping.
- Let them toss in the corn, sausages, and crabs to the pot, cover the pot and bring the whole works to a boil.
- When it starts to boil, reduce your heat to medium-high and cook, covered, for about 15 minutes or so, or until the crabs are cooked.
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