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.
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.