Crab Boil Recipes: Classic Crab Boil

Today we are talking about all things crab boil.

What is iconic about a crab boil? What are the elements that you need to have?

When we think crab boil recipes, naturally we think of our beautiful Maryland Blue Crab, fresh ears of corn and sharing it all with great friends. We love Rachael Ray’s Maryland Blue Crab Boil recipe and are sharing it here with you today.

This Maryland crab boil recipe calls for Old Bay Seasoning, a blend of spices that comes in a little yellow container. If you’d prefer to make the seasoning yourself, here is a homemade recipe for it from Remember, recipes can be treated as mere guidelines. Like we have done with Rachael Ray’s recipe, you can change things up a bit depending on what ingredients you love, and/or what you have on hand.

Cooking should be fun and stress free!

Old Bay Blue Crab Boil Recipe

Skill Level: Beginner

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Cook Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Serves: 8  (cut the recipe in half if you are cooking for 4)

Ingredients Required to make Old Bay Blue Crab Boil Recipe

2 12 ounce bottles of beer (not too dark)

2 onions, quartered

2 lemons, quartered

1 head of garlic, top ¼ inch of the head cut off (you can leave the skins on)

3 tbsp of Old Bay seasoning + a bit more for sprinkling at the end

2 lbs kielbasa or andouille sausage cut into 1 ½ inch slices

2 lbs red potatoes

4 dozen Cameron’s Live Maryland Crab

8 ears of fresh corn, broken into halves or thirds


¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Crab Boil Cooking Directions

Fill a very large stock pot halfway with water and add in the beer, onions, lemon, garlic, and Old Bay seasoning; bring all to a boil over medium heat.

Add the sausage and potatoes and reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Take the potatoes and sausage out of the pot with a large slotted spoon or a sieve and set aside until needed. Cover them with foil to keep them warm.

Turn up the heat and bring the liquid in your stockpot back to a boil. Carefully add your Maryland Blue Crabs to the pot and put the corn on top of them. Cover the pot and cook until the crabs are bright red and the meat is cooked, about 12-15 minutes. Check if the crab is done by carefully tearing off a claw and cracking it open.

Take a large plate or platter and lay out your corn, potatoes, and sausages on it. Carefully take your crabs out of the stock pot and discard the ingredients left in the pot. If your platter is big enough, you can lay your crabs on it too, or put them on a second plate or platter. Sprinkle everything with a bit of salt, some of the Old Bay seasoning and the chopped parsley. You are now ready to eat!

What do you think are classic elements of a Maryland crab boil?​ Are there ingredients you would add to this Maryland blue crab recipe or take away? Let us know on social media, or comment on this blog!

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By: Melanie Craighead


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