It finally feels like summer and we just finished hosting Paul’s family at our house on the coast last week. We always throw it down with a crab dinner of some sort for our visitors with fresh cooked crab from our local seafood stand in Lincoln City, Oregon – Barnacle Bill’s.
All of the crab is local Oregon Dungeness Crab caught fresh in the Pacific Ocean that is only 5 minutes away from our house. So we hosted a crab boil last week – but without all the fuss and muss.
We bought cooked crab directly from the seafood market and put all the fixin’s together ourselves. I highly recommend doing this if you feel icky about dealing with live crabs OR if you don’t love the smell of seafood taking over your whole house.
Here’s how we accomplished our Easy Summer Crab Boil:
1) Fresh Cooked Whole Crab
Yup. We didn’t actually cook or boil any crab. We had about 6 people and bought 4 giants whole crabs, but we probably could have gotten away with just 3. Have your local seafood market ‘clean’ the crab for you – which means they get rid of the part in the middle.
2) Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
While your crab chills in the fridge, start with roasted potatoes as a base. Find a giant sheet pan and lay out your halved fingerling potatoes on some parchment paper. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped up rosemary and roast at 400 F in the oven for at least 30 minutes.
3) Charred Corn on the Cob
In the meantime, get your BBQ going and char some freshly shucked corn on the cob until you get some nice black grill marks. Set aside and cut each cob into 2-3 pieces. Layer it on top of your roast potatoes when ready.
4) Cedar Planked Shrimp
I had an extra cedar plank, so we grabbed some jumbo shrimp – seasoned it with some cayenne and paprika and let them cook off on a soaked cedar plank on the BBQ. Add to your seafood tray when cooked.
5) Grilled Spicy Sausage
I like a bit of spicy sausage to pair with my crab and I usually pick up some locally-made andouille sausage that I throw on the grill. Cook fully and slice before adding to your tray of seafood.
6) Melted Garlic Butter
What’s seafood without some delicious melted butter with minced garlic? Set out some ramekins of butter for each guest for dipping.
7) Warm Cheddar Biscuits
I didn’t have time to do it this time, but I think this platter of seafood could have also used some warm cheddar biscuits. I would buy store-bought refrigerator biscuit mix and add my own cheddar cheese before baking.
8) Finishing Touches
Sprinkle some fresh parsley or cilantro over your entire tray. Throw some lemon wedges on top. Squeeze a bit of lime juice over your spicy shrimp and season everything with more salt and pepper. Serve up your ‘crab boil’ with these crab crackers and lots of napkins.