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Spicy Seafood Boil with Blue Crabs and Shrimp Nawlins (New Orleans) Style

Spicy Seafood Boil with Blue Crabs and Shrimp Nawlins (New Orleans) Style

Spicy Seafood Boil with Blue Crabs and Shrimp Nawlins (New Orleans) Style

I love, love, love seafood.  Any kind of seafood!  But I especially enjoy boiling seafood on weekends. I will usually make a meal out of it by adding corn on the cob, red new potatoes and when in season, live crawfish.

If you love seafood as much as I do and are intimidated by the idea of boiling seafood yourself, follow my recipe below and you’ll realize how super easy it is.

1. In a large stock pot add the following and bring to a rapid boil.

  • 2 gallons water
  • 2 packs Zatarains crab boil or 1 1/2 cups of Zatarains powder crab boil (sold in gallon containers)
  • 2 tablespoon cayenne pepper or 1 whole pepper
  • 1 bell pepper, quartered
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 1 cup rough chopped celery


  • Handful bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 pounds small red potatoes
  • 4 half-ears of frozen or fresh corn
  • 1 pound sausage, cut into 3-inch pieces

2.  Add 1 dozen blue crabs and cook for 10 mins and reduce heat to low.

3.  Add 2 lbs large shrimp with heads on and simmer for another 5 mins and turn off.

4.  Let soak for 1 hour to absorb all of the wonderful flavors before serving.

Spicy Seafood Boil with Blue Crabs and Shrimp Nawlins (New Orleans) Style

Spicy Seafood Boil with Blue Crabs and Shrimp Nawlins (New Orleans) Style

Now that your boiled seafood is ready for serving, you may wonder how to go about actually eating them easily.  I’ve been ‘picking crabs’, ‘peeling shrimp’ and ‘pinching tails and sucking heads’ (crawfish of course! LOL!) since I was a kid.  Instead of me explaining to you how to pick (peel) crabs with ease, check out this video demonstrated by Chef Justin LeBlanc of Bevi Seafood in New Orleans.  Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments below!!

Quick and Easy Garlicky Shrimp and Scallops with Artichokes

I purchased some fresh shrimp and scallops earlier during the week and didn’t have an opportunity to prepare them; so last night I had to make sure I cook them before it spoiled. I decided to make a quick and relatively simple meal that I could sit down and enjoy within minutes. After checking my fridge and pantry for ingredients and menu ideas I decided to sauté the shellfish with a little olive oil and garlic.  I didn’t follow any particular recipe but pretty much just combined the ingredients I had on hand by sight and taste.

Try preparing this meal and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me for more details.

I guarantee you will agree that it’s quick and easy to prepare and a relatively inexpensive last minute meal.


  • Shrimp
  • Scallops
  • Lots of minced garlic or add enough for your taste
  • Shallots
  • Lemon Pepper Olive Oil (my absolute favorite flavored olive oil is made by  Boyajian (http://boyajianinc.com/)
  • Canned artichokes ( I had some leftover in the refrigerator)
  • About one tablespoon of butter for extra flavor
  • Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Seasoning
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Mushrooms


  1. Sauté shrimp, scallops, shallots, garlic and artichokes in olive oil and butter
  2. Add mushrooms, and Mrs. Dash (or if you prefer salt/pepper) to taste
  3. Sauté for approximately 8-10 until done but not over cooked. You can always tell when shellfish is done by the way it looks. It usually looks opaque throughout.
  4. As an option you can add some fresh grated parmesan cheese for added flavor
  5. Add your favorite green vegetable for a well-balanced meal (I sautéed some fresh Broccolini)

Chef Lynn’s Daily Cooking Tip

Yogurt is a useful ingredient but does not always respond well to heating. High-fat yogurts are more stable, but it is possible to stabilize a low-fat yogurt by stirring in a little cornstrach, first blended into a paste with water, before cooking.

Chef Lynn Ware is a private/personal chef, culinary educator, and food blogger. Chef Lynn offers: Corporate Cooking Classes, Group Cooking Parties, Private Cooking Lessons and Gourmet Catering. Contact Chef Lynn (ChefLynn@ChefLynn.com) for additional information.

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