Fish and Seafood, Gluten-free

Crab and Shrimp Boil

Loreto October 1, 2019

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Crab and Shrimp Boil, every time I think about this dish I am transported to a  beach with a roaring fire and a large pot boiling away. Inside, corn, potatoes, and wonderful ocean treats all simmering together in spices and herbs. You can’t get any simpler than that for a delicious meal all in one!

Song of the day: “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

Crab and Shrimp Boil-feature

Crab and Shrimp Boil, succulent juicy shrimp and crab meet sweet corn, lemon, and the most wonderful pink and yellow potatoes. To kick things up a notch, a few herbs and spices, just enough to take this classic beach dish to other levels!



Ocean meets Earth………

Crab and shrimp, a great combination, however, combine that with some seasonal veggies and we have a delicious beautiful dish to serve for a weekend lunch or weekday dinner.

I have always wanted to cook on an open fire. People have told me stories of their craw fish bakes and lobster and seafood boil, however, I have never experienced one. The thought of being on a sandy beach cooking and sitting back and enjoying all these great ingredients that the earth gives us is simply a beautiful dream of mine.

It was only a dream……………………..

I wish I could say that my dream finally came true and I could paint the picture of the sunset illuminating on the blank surface of the ocean as I hear the crackling of the fire and smell the sweetness of this body of water boiling in my pot as I feel the sand slip through my toes, lol.

Well, that did not happen because we are in Fall now and a bit far from the beach, but that does not stop me from creating what I desire to cook, because as my Dad used to tell me, “Make do with what you have and always give it your best“. That I did do, and the result, a most amazing plate of food that Nicoletta and I feasted on. It is a messy affair and napkins are a requirement, maybe even a bib, lol.

I hope you enjoy the making of Crab and Shrimp Boil!

 Crab and Shrimp Boil-ingredients on the board  

And shopping we will go……..

By now, you already have figured out that Nicoletta and I love going to markets and do our weekly fresh shopping run. This week was no different, and as a result, we found all that we needed to make this wonderful boil with tasty crab and shrimp and so much more. 

Let’s take a look………

  • King crab legs from Ocean Odyssey 
  • Shrimp and lemons from our local organic market
  • Corn from Steve and Dan’s
  • Yellow potatoes,  onions, and garlic and garlic scapes from Sparrow’s nest organics
  • And these beautiful Amarosa fingerling potatoes from our wonderful friends Margaret and Raymond @Kitchen Frau
  • A few herbs and spices from our pantry and garden.

Thanks to all of you for producing and cultivating such amazing food!

Crab and Shrimp Boil-prepping the corn

Easy Breezy Beautiful…………..

What I love about this dish are its comfort and simplicity. You simply put all the corn, onions, garlic, and garlic scapes, lemons, some herbs and spices into a pot with some water and vegetable stock. Let that boil till potatoes are almost fork tender then add the crab and shrimp. That’s it, that simple, and in just a short time you have a wonderful family-style meal that not only looks scrumptious but has the aroma to back it up. This Crab and Shrimp Boil is similar to a bouillabaisse, however, it is not a soup. I guess you could drink the broth because it is very edible but I would want to stew that a bit more to build the flavors!

Crab and Shrimp Boil-prep

Color is a wonderful thing………

It always amazes me how seafood in general like crab and shrimp turn that lovely pinkish/reddish color when cooked. I love all the variations in the pot from the color of the corn and those interesting Amarosa fingerling and yellow potatoes to the freshness of the parsley. My mouth is truly watering right now and I am so excited because Nicoletta has never had a boil like this. 

Both Nicoletta and my son Joel questioned me about flavor and boiling everything together like that, even had a few strange looks, however, I had no fear or doubt and I know the flavors would be spot on!

Time to plate……….

If you look below you will see how beautiful this dish can be. Corn wonderfully steamed, shrimp and crab beautifully pinkish red, those lovely potatoes soft, flavorful, lemons adding some acidity and freshness. I added a drizzle of oil and melted butter seasoned with parsley, thyme, and garlic. I thought that would really punch some flavor into this mix. The aroma is amazing and I am calling Nicoletta to the table. Dinner’s ready!

Let’s eat…………..

Crab and Shrimp Boil-in the serving dish

I am like a kid in a candy store. What do I want to try first? My decision, the corn, sweet juicy and so wonderful, then a bite of those potatoes soft, earthy, and so rich in texture.

Okay now for those jewels of the ocean, crack open the crab and the smell of that sweetness overcomes me and the moistness and tenderness of the crab is amazing. I help Nicoletta with hers and consequently, she is not able to talk as her tongue and taste buds have gone to heaven. I offer her some help wiping her lips and chin of the juices. The shrimp is also very plump and sweet.

That drizzle of the olive oil/butter/herb mix is perfect. Every once in a while you get this fresh and luxurious hit of flavor and texture. A perfect compliment to the seafood and veggies!

Final Thoughts…………….

First of all, I think I have proven myself with the flavor and texture I achieved. A huge pat on my back and by the finger licking and lip smacking that I observed from Nicoletta, I can honestly say this first time Crab and Shrimp Boil was a success!

Want an easy meal to prepare for your family or friends? Well, I think this dish fits the bill. It transports you to that lovely scene on the beach and also gives great variety in flavor and texture. Give it a try, I would love to hear your thoughts on this one.


Song of the day: “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

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Crab and Shrimp Boil

  • Author: Loreto
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 people 1x
  • Category: Main, Seafood
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Canadian


Crab and Shrimp Boil, succulent juicy shrimp and crab meet sweet corn, lemon, and the most wonderful  pink and yellow potatoes. To kick things up a notch, a few herbs and spices, just enough to take this classic beach dish to other levels!



  • One large King Crab leg
  • A dozen Shrimp peeled and cleaned


  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic scapes and cloves of garlic
  • 4 cobs of corn broken in half
  • 3 yellow potatoes quartered
  • 4 Amarosa fingerling potatoes peeled and cut into large pieces


  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 lemons halved
  • 34 bay leaves
  • A sprig of fresh thyme
  • Pinch red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp onion powder, garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper


  • 3 Tbsp E.V.O. oil
  • A large pat of butter
  • Pinch of paprika, salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • Sprinkling of fresh thyme



  1. In a large pot add in water and vegetable stock. Toss in one of the halved lemons.
  2. Season with bay leaves, fresh thyme, garlic scapes, garlic, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  3. Throw in corn and potatoes and let boil partially covered on low to medium heat till potatoes are almost done about 20 minutes.


  1.  Place crab and shrimp into pot and cover. Boil and steam for another 10-12 minutes.

Garnishing sauce:

  1. In a ramekin melt butter, add olive oil and herbs and seasoning and blend well.


  1. Take pot off heat and place well drained corn and potatoes on a platter. Mix in shrimp and drizzle with the garnishing sauce. Place the other halved lemon on the edge of the plate.
  2. Ready to serve.



  1. You can use whatever seafood you like, for example, lobster, the full crab, etc.
  2. Also, if you can’t find the Amarosa fingerling potatoes use what you have.
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    Reply Rebecca Blackwell October 2, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    My husband and I are staying in a little beach house this weekend with some friends and I know there is a big open fire pit right behind the house. We are totally going to make this in the fire pit – something I’ve never done before but can’t wait to try! Thank you for such a delicious looking recipe!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto October 3, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Your very welcome and lucky you to be staying at a beach house and to boot a fire pit. Enjoy this recioe I am so excited for you to be cooking outdoors!
      Enjoy! Ket me know how it turned out!

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    Reply Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness October 2, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    This meal sounds so so fancy!
    I would have never known how simple this recipe really is. Thanks for sharing, bookmarked for later 🙂

    • Lireto
      Reply Lireto October 3, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      Hi Cathleen, I know the dish looks so luxurious and labor intensive, when in fact all it takes is a bit of boiling and passion! The flavors are stupendous!
      Have fun making it!

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    Reply Anne Lawton October 6, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    This looks so good, and something I would not have thought to make at home. Thanks for sharing!

  • Loreto
    Reply Loreto October 6, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    You are so welcome Anne. It may not be the beach and the sound of those waves however it is very aromatic and delicious😁

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