American-Style Crab Boil
American-Style Crab Boil
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  • 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
  • Preparation
  • Install a steamer basket at the bottom of a large 12litre (3gallon) pot. Add the water. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Add the potatoes and salt. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the crabs and lemons. Sprinkle with 60 ml (1/4 cup) of the Old Bay spice mixture. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the sausage and beans. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp, sprinkle with the remaining Old Bay spices (15 ml / 1 tbsp). Cover and cook for 5 more minutes or until the shrimp are cooked. Adjust the seasoning.
  • Place the crab and the remaining ingredients in one or two large serving plates. Drizzle with the cooked lemon’s juice and some of the cooking liquid.
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