Boiling crab sauce – I enjoy copycatting dishes from my favorite restaurants, so I’m always on the lookout for new ideas.
My friend and I first visited Boiling Crab many years ago, and it has since become a tradition for us to dine there on our monthly anniversaries.
About Boiling Crab Sauce
That is before we discovered how to do it ourselves. I found the recipe here, but it didn’t turn out the way I expected it to.
I tried it a few times and adjusted the ratio a little, but the end result is perfect. It serves two to three people.
Boiling Crab Sauce Ingredients
- 2-3 lbs. shrimp (head-on) or other shellfish
- 3 heads of garlic (minced)
- 6 sticks of unsalted butter
- 4 tabs Old Bay seasoning
- 2 tabs Paprika
- 5 tbsp. Chili Powder
- 3 tabs Lemon Pepper
- 1 tab Louisiana hot sauce
- 2 tabs sugar
- Optional sides: corn, potatoes
- Dipping sauce: lemon/lime, salt & pepper
Boiling Crab Sauce Recipe
- Firstly, combine the Old Bay Seasoning, Paprika, Chili Powder, and Lemon Pepper in a small bowl.
- In a pan/pot over medium heat, melt all of the butter.
- Add the minced garlic and stir until fragrant, then add the spices.
- Stir in the Louisiana hot sauce and sugar after the garlic has cooked for a few minutes.
This is where you can change the heat to your liking; 1 tbsp. hot sauce is mild, 2 tbsps. medium, and 3 tbsps. hot.
- Maintain a low heat setting for the mixture.
- Put the shrimp in a large pot/saucepan and cover with water until fully submerged.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook until they turn orange/pink.
- Don’t overcook it or it will become rubbery and difficult to remove.
- You’ll need some of the stock for the sauce, so save some. Since the sauce is so concentrated, I normally dilute it with shrimp stock (about 1-2 cups), but this is entirely up to you.
- Drizzle the sauce over the shrimp and toss in the corn; serve with lime/lemon wedges and salt/pepper on the side.
- To cook the corn, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the corn, return to a boil, cover the pot, and return to a boil, then turn off the heat and keep the pot covered. After about 5 minutes, it should be done.
- To prepare the potatoes, simply boil them.