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Crab Boil

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 pound baby artichokes (about 8 small), trimmed and halved

10 ounces andouille sausage, cut into 1-inch rounds

1 1/2 cups cippolini onions, peeled and halved

1 pound small red potatoes

3 tablespoons crab boil spice mix, such as Zatarain's

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Crystal

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 bay leaves

1 jalapeno, diced

2 ears of corn (about 1 pound), cut into thirds

3 pounds live crab, purged in water to remove any debris

3 green onions, sliced, for garnish (or your favorite fresh herb)

Garlic Bread, recipe follows

Garlic Bread:

2 sticks butter, softened

1 tablespoon Parmesan

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 scallion, minced

Hot sauce

Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1 French baguette, sliced horizontally


  1. In a small stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the artichokes, sausage and onions until lightly colored, about 5 minutes. Add 12 cups (3 quarts) water, the potatoes, crab boil spice mix, salt, hot sauce, pepper, bay leaves and jalapenos. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the corn and cover. Cook until the corn is tender, about 10 minutes. Add the crab and cook about 7 minutes. Strain the boil through a colander. Plate immediately on a large serving dish. Garnish with sliced green onions or your favorite fresh herb. Serve with the Garlic Bread.

Garlic Bread:

  1. Position an oven rack in the top of the oven and preheat the broiler.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the butter together with the Parmesan, parsley, garlic and scallions; add hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Spread the butter mixture on both halves of the baguette. Place on a sheet pan and toast under the broiler, about 2 minutes.