American-Style Crab Boil

American-Style Crab Boil

  • Preparation 15 min
  • Cooking 30 min
  • Servings 4



    • 1 litre (4 cups) water
    • 1 litre (4 cups) fingerling potatoes, halved
    • 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) salt
    • 2 live snow crabs, at least 1 kg (2 lb) each (see note)
    • 2 lemons, scrubbed clean, halved and seeded
    • 75 ml (1/3 cup) Old Bay spices
    • 280 g (10 oz) smoked Kielbasa sausage, cut into chunks
    • 750 ml (3 cups) trimmed yellow beans
    • 375 g (3/4 lb) unpeeled large raw shrimp, deveined


Note from Ricardo

You can also make this recipe with cooked crab. You then have to add them at the end of cooking along with the sausage and beans.

Not without my Old Bay Created by a German immigrant in 1939 in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, this spice blend includes, in proportions closely guarded secret, mustard, paprika, celery salt, bay leaf, clove, nutmeg, ginger and cardamom. Ubiquitous on the American east coast, the little yellow box made its way into our fishmongers.

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