Seafood/ Vegetarian

Shrimp and Crab “Boil” with Potatoes and Corn

We wanted to do a shrimp boil, but decided to try doing it in the oven rather than boiling everything. It was definitely a success!

The best part of making this meal is there really isn’t much to do. Pre-heat the oven, get a sheet pan or two and put all your stuff on the sheet pans. You do need to put the shrimp and crabs in foil packets, that was the hardest part of making this meal.

For the foil packets, I evenly divided the shrimp and crabs into portion sizes, liberally sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning along with some butter and some liquid. I used beer. Once you have everything in the packets, seal them tightly and add to the sheet pan. Add the corn and potatoes to the sheet pan and put it all in the oven.

We didn’t do any sausage in this boil, but it would be a great addition.

As the seafood cooks, cover your table with newspaper and get a discard bowl for the crab legs. When ready, serve with some cold beer and good music. I hope you will try this way of doing a shrimp and crab boil.

Shrimp and Crab

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 4-6

Shrimp and Crab "Boil" with Potatoes and Corn


  • 1 1/2 lbs small potatoes - cut into 1/2 - 1 inch pieces if necessary. You want to make sure they'll cook through in time without overcooking the seafood.
  • 2 ears of corn cut into thirds
  • 1-2 lemons - quartered
  • 2 lbs shrimp - deviened
  • 2-3 lbs crab legs - Snow Crab or Dungeness
  • 6-8 sprigs of thyme
  • 3-4 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 4-6 tbsp butter
  • 1 can/bottle of beer



Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees


Put the potatoes in a bowl and cook them in the microwave oven for about 6-8 minutes (if the potato hasn't been halved, prick with a fork to prevent it from exploding)


While the potatoes cook in the microwave, put the corn on the sheet pan


Make the foil packets for the shrimp and crab, cut the foil large enough you can easily seal the packet


Evenly distribute the shrimp and crab into serving sized portions to the packet, then season generously season with Old Bay


Add a few ounces of beer to each packet as well as a pat of butter or two, then tightly seal the packet


Add the potatoes to the sheet pan


Season the corn and potatoes with salt and thyme


Add a few more pats of butter and one of quartered lemons to the sheet pan


Bake for 40-45 minutes (check them at about 30-35 minutes, you don't want overcooked seafood)


Cover a table with newspaper and serve your feast


You could also add sausage links to the sheet pan

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