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Seafood Boil Sauce: Garlic Butter Lemon Pepper

We didn’t do turkey this Thanksgiving. No one really eats turkey in my family so it wasn’t worth the time and effort. Instead, we opted for a seafood boil. It’s quicker to make and everyone enjoys grabbing their favorite seafood. This year, we did King crab legs, clams, large shrimp, sausage and sweet corn. The sauce that brought everything together was a fiery and buttery garlic lemon pepper. It was made with six ingredients: garlic, butter, cayenne, lemon pepper seasoning, Old Bay seasoning and Cajun seasoning. The best part? Everything came together in under 30 minutes. If you have half an hour to spare, you too can make a feast fit for a King.

 Vicky’s awesome seafood boil: King crab legs, clams, shrimp, corn and sausage in a fiery and buttery garlic lemon pepper sauce

Vicky’s awesome seafood boil: King crab legs, clams, shrimp, corn and sausage in a fiery and buttery garlic lemon pepper sauce

 Seafood Boil Sauce: Butter, Garlic, lemon pepper, cayenne, Cajun seasoning and Old Bay Seasoning.

Seafood Boil Sauce: Butter, Garlic, lemon pepper, cayenne, Cajun seasoning and Old Bay Seasoning.

 3 sausage links (cut into chunks), 4 ears of corn (cut into chunks), 3 lbs King crab legs, 3 lbs clams and 2 lbs shrimp with heads-on.

3 sausage links (cut into chunks), 4 ears of corn (cut into chunks), 3 lbs King crab legs, 3 lbs clams and 2 lbs shrimp with heads-on.

The seafood was steamed before going into the sauce. I used a tiered steamer. On the first layer, I placed the corn since they take the longest to cook (about 15-20 minutes). Then I placed another tier over the corn with shrimp. Shrimp cooks in about 5-7 minutes. Clams were next. They take about 8-10 minutes. As soon as the clams opened up, I scooped them out to prevent overcooking. Overcooked clams mean empty shells and no one wants that.

The King crab legs came precooked from the store. I simply chopped them up into small chunks and cut them open with a kitchen sheers for easier eating. Having someone struggle over opening crabs or cracking a tooth is no fun. My good deed for the day is doing the hard work for them. I placed the King crab legs into the steamer for a few minutes just enough to warm up.

By the time I was done with the shrimp, clams and warming up the crab, the corns were done. I removed everything from the steamer and tossed them in the garlic butter lemon pepper sauce that I made beforehand.

 King crab claw. Nom.

King crab claw. Nom.

Seafood Boil Sauce: Spicy Garlic Butter Lemon Pepper

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Steam the seafood. Corn takes about 15-20 minutes. Clams (8-10 minutes) and shrimp (5-7 minutes).
  2. In a medium size sauce pan, melt butter on medium high heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add Old Bay, Cajun, lemon pepper and cayenne. Stir until combined. Add to seafood.
 Must have these on the side! Limes, butter and salt/pepper mixture.

Must have these on the side! Limes, butter and salt/pepper mixture.

 Vicky’s awesome seafood boil: King crab legs, clams, shrimp, corn and sausage in a fiery and buttery garlic lemon pepper sauce

Vicky’s awesome seafood boil: King crab legs, clams, shrimp, corn and sausage in a fiery and buttery garlic lemon pepper sauce