How you doin’? I have a great idea for your 4th of July backyard picnic. It seems that every region of the United States has a “boil” of some sort—New England has a lobster boil, Maryland has a crab boil, Louisiana has a crawfish boil, the Carolina’s have their shrimp boil and in California, we mix things up to make a seafood and sausage boil—and I love it.
Though it may look complicated at first glance, please read through the entire recipe. It really is quick and easy “plug and play” Instant Pot holiday recipe. You will need a 6-quart Instant Pot— you may need two, depending on the number of people invited—and a very long extension cord to reach out to the backyard. Plug in your Instant Pot and get ready to Play with your food!
A seafood boil can be served as-is, but many people like to add a few side dishes to round out the meal—green salad, French or sourdough bread, coleslaw or potato salad. You can feed about four hungry people with this recipe and it can be ready in 30 minutes. Before you start mixing herbs and spices, read down the ChefSecret for a simple, zesty spice mixture. This recipe is sized for a 6-quart Instant Pot.
By the way, a few things I learned going down this path.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1-minute; Instant Pot will take about 10 to 15 minutes to come up to pressure.
Yield: 4 big servings
For the homemade boil seasoning
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon red chile flakes
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seed (optional, if you can find it.)
3 tablespoon minced garlic
1 seeded lemon, cut in quarters
For the boil pot
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
1-pound petite red potatoes, washed, halved
1-pound smoked sausage—mild or hot, sliced into 1/2" rounds
6 ears fresh corn, husked, cut into thirds
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1-pound shrimp, peeled and de-veined (21-25)
1/2-pound of clams or mussels
ChefSecret: If you like your boils on the Louisiana spicy side, you can save time shopping and mixing all the herbs and spice and use a bag of Zatarain's Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab Boil seasoning instead (it’s in a boil bag inside the box). Just drop the whole bag into the stock in the Instant Pot in place of the seasons, add 2 teaspoons of salt and an additional cup of stock. Your lips and tongue may sing a bit.
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