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Carolina Crab Boil

This pot is a fun way to feed a crowd for a tailgate. You can serve it two ways: Drain the cooking liquid and pour out the pot on a paper-lined table so folks can dig in, or serve it as a stew in its liquid over hot rice. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 package (14 ounces) smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) light beer or 1-1/2 cups additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup seafood seasoning
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 4 medium ears sweet corn, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes
  • 1 medium red onion, quartered
  • 2 pounds cooked snow crab legs
  • Pepper to taste


  • In a stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown sausage. Stir in broth, water, beer, seafood seasoning and bay leaves. Add vegetables; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Add crab; heat through. Drain; remove bay leaves. Transfer to a serving bowl; season with pepper.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 420 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 143mg cholesterol, 2206mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 40g protein.

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  • qreendoll
    Oct 6, 2014

    Loved loved will cook again soon, my kids and family loved it aswell, thanks carolina for the recipe, will tell other about it.

  • rwippel
    Jun 19, 2014

    Incredible!!!!! I followed another reviewers suggestion and removed the sausage after browning. The biggest problem with that is every time someone came in the kitchen, they took a piece :). I also tripled the recipe and added deveined, unpeeled shrimp. This was fantastic!!!

  • chinadoll2008
    Aug 17, 2013

    Love,love, love! And so easy! Most recipes like this seem so difficult but this was super easy and took less than an hour to make including the prep work. Delicious!

  • efwynne
    Jul 26, 2013

    Delicious!! I've tasted alot of different Crab Boil recipes while living in Florida and this one is up there with the best. My husband had seconds and he's a BIG sea food lover. This a recipe I will make again!!

  • merlin7197
    Jul 23, 2013

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  • scrambledwithcheese
    Jul 7, 2013

    Overall very good. I added unpeeled shrimp too. The only thing I didn't like about this dish was that the smoked turkey sausage ended up very dry and overcooked. I think it might be better to brown it and then remove it from the pan, and add it back towards the of the cooking time. Next time I would add another onion and more potatoes too. Overall an excellent dish, and I am sure anyone who grew up eating this will love it! The magazine article said to pass melted butter and hot sauce on the side, and this is key!

  • Mikiea
    Jun 5, 2013

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