Copycat Boiling Crab Recipe

crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn
crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

The Boiling Crab, as its name implies, is a seafood chain that specializes in seafood boils. Developer Patterson Watkins describes it as "a choose your own adventure sorta seafood joint" since you pick a type of seafood, a sauce, a spice level, and some extras to go in the pot. This recipe reflects her choice of crab legs with potatoes, corn, and sausage links, but she had to get creative when coming up with a dupe for The Boiling Crab's Whole Sha-Bang sauce.

Whole Sha-Bang is a combination of The Boiling Crab's other three sauces, these being garlic butter, lemon pepper, and Rajun Cajun. The menu doesn't go into any more specifics than that, though, since as Watkins explains, "The Boiling Crab holds those Whole Sha-Bang recipe cards tight to the chest because the recipe is trademarked." She characterizes the sauce as "robustly seasoned and aromatic ... with balanced heat and a touch of sweet," so she went with butter flavored with lemon juice, lemon pepper, garlic, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, Old Bay, and a little bit of honey. This last ingredient, she says, not only sweetens the sauce but helps it to stick to the boil ingredients.

Watkins is opting not to boil the different ingredients, but to steam them in a roasting pan. This way, the steam is confined to the oven and you won't have to worry about finding a pot large enough to hold all of the ingredients.

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Collect The Ingredients For This Copycat Boiling Crab Crab Boil

crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn
crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

For the crab boil itself, you will need crab legs, corn cobs, red potatoes, Andouille sausages, and some beer for cooking. The sauce, as we mentioned, is made with butter, lemon juice, garlic, Old Bay, Cajun seasoning, lemon pepper, hot sauce, and honey, while chopped parsley adds a pretty green garnish to the finished dish.

Step 1: Turn On The Oven

oven temperature gauge
oven temperature gauge - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Step 2: Prepare A Pan

roasting pan with wire rack
roasting pan with wire rack - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Line a roasting pan with a wire rack. Pour the beer into the bottom of the pan.

Step 3: Preheat The Pan

roasting pan covered with foil
roasting pan covered with foil - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in the oven to preheat for 15 minutes, just long enough for the beer to warm and begin steaming.

Step 4: Put The Crab, Vegetables, And Sausage In The Pan

crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn
crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Once steaming, add the crab legs, corn, potatoes, and sausages to the pan.

Step 5: Bake The Crab Boil

roasting pan covered with foil
roasting pan covered with foil - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Cover with foil, return to the oven, and steam for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are fork-tender.

Step 6: Combine The Sauce Ingredients

butter and seasonings in pan
butter and seasonings in pan - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Meanwhile, place the butter, lemon juice, garlic, Old Bay, Cajun seasoning, lemon pepper seasoning, hot sauce, and honey in a medium saucepan.

Step 7: Warm The Sauce

reddish-brown sauce in pan
reddish-brown sauce in pan - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Warm over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the garlic is fragrant and tender, about 8–10 minutes. Keep warm.

Step 8: Take The Crab Boil Out Of The Oven

crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn
crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Once the pan has steamed, remove it from the oven and remove the foil.

Step 9: Bag The Crab Boil Ingredients

crab boil ingredients in bag
crab boil ingredients in bag - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Divide the crab legs, sausage, potatoes, and corn between 4 zip-top plastic bags.

Step 10: Put Some Sauce In Each Bag

crab boil ingredients in bag
crab boil ingredients in bag - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Add a couple spoonfuls of the sauce to each of the bags.

Step 11: Shake The Bags

crab boil ingredients in bag
crab boil ingredients in bag - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Seal the bags and shake to coat the ingredients in the sauce.

Step 12: Un-Bag And Garnish The Crab Boil

crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn
crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Transfer all of the ingredients to a serving tray or platter. Garnish with fresh parsley, and serve with any remaining sauce on the side for dipping.

Copycat Boiling Crab Recipe

crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn
crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

What Other Ingredients Can You Add To A Crab Boil?

crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn
crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

While some purists might feel that it's a mistake to start messing with your seafood boil by adding anything beyond the simplest of ingredients, the Boiling Crab is all about doing things your way, and Watkins agrees. She describes the chain's menu as "awash with other seafood options," but notes that with her copycat recipe, she went with a larger type of shellfish, with her reason being that it "reheats right along with the time it takes to get those taters tender." She says the timing on this recipe works for blue crabs and lobster, too, but suggests that if you're going with something smaller, such as crawfish, shrimp, or clams, you should wait until the 25- or 30-minute mark to put them in the pot.

As for the other elements of the crab boil, if you don't want corn or potatoes, Watkins says you can leave them out and opt for one of the other sides on The Boiling Crab's menu, such as fries, rice, or gumbo. None of these would be boiled along with the crabs, however, but would instead serve as stand-alone sides like they do at the restaurant. She also says that the sausage can be changed up, too. She went with Andouille, saying " It sorta fit in that Cajun theme" (and also she just really likes it), but if it's unavailable, you can use a different type of sausage, such as the milder kielbasa, instead

What Are Some Tips For A Perfect Crab Boil?

crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn
crab legs, potatoes, sausage, corn - Patterson Watkins/Mashed

Whether you are hosting a crab boil for guests or will be indulging in one all by yourself, it will be a rather informal affair. As Watkins advises, "You'll want to protect whatever table you'll be serving this feast on" and suggests either eating at an outdoor picnic table or covering the table with newspapers (perhaps both). If the thought of eating off paper does'nt appeal, she says a plastic tablecloth will also work, but this is no time to break out the fine linens. Shellfish or nut crackers can help break open the crab legs, while teeny-tiny shellfish forks will aid in digging out all of the meat. "Oodles of paper towels," Watkins adds, will be necessary for cleanup, as crab cracking tends to be messy

While the sauce from this crab boil will coat the sausage, corn, and potatoes along with the crustaceans, Watkins says you can certainly have other dips on hand if you like, suggesting cocktail and tartar sauce as classic seafood additions. She also tells us that "Crackers are always nice to have nearby ... for palate cleansing and snack assembly," and feels that lemon wedges are a must-have.

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