Seafood Boil with Old Bay Sauce

If you have 20 minutes, you have time to make a feast fit for a crowd
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Easy Seafood Boil Recipe with Old Bay Sauce
Photo: Margaret Patillo

Our weapon for feeding a last-minute crowd (besides resorting to pizza)? This seafood boil from LoLo's Seafood Shack in Harlem. All you need is 20 minutes, the biggest pot you can dig out of your kitchen cabinet and chef Raymond Mohan's (literal) secret sauce: melted butter with garlic, lemon and plenty of Old Bay seasoning that he douses over the freshly steamed shellfish.

Round out the meal with a side of grilled corn on the cob and wrap it up with strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Seafood Boil with Old Bay Sauce

Recipe adapted from Raymond Z. Mohan, LoLo's Seafood Shack, New York, NY

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


For the Old Bay Sauce:

2 cups (4 sticks) butter, melted

Zest and juice of 2 lemons

2 tablespoons crushed garlic

2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning

For the Seafood Boil:

6 quarts water

½ cup Old Bay seasoning

10 bay leaves

½ cup (1 stick) butter

1 pound snow crab legs

1 pound shell-on extra-jumbo shrimp

1 pound crayfish


1. Make the Old Bay sauce: In a medium bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients and set aside.

2. Make the boil: In a large pot, bring the water, Old Bay, bay leaves and butter to a boil. Reduce the heat, then add the seafood, cook for 5 minutes and remove. Dress with Old Bay sauce to serve.

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