Louisiana Shellfish Boil

Serves 8 - 10


  • 3 gallons water
  • 2/3 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 packages dry crab boil
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hot paprika
  • 2 bay leaves

Shellfish, Sausage and Veggies:

  • 12 new potatoes
  • 3 ears corn, cut into thirds
  • 3 artichokes
  • 1 foot andouille, cut into 8 equal links
  • 3 lemons, halved
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2 heads garlic, halved
  • 4 pounds live crawfish
  • 4 pounds large or jumbo shrimp
  • 4 dozen littleneck clams
  • 1 pound asparagus ends trimmed
  • 1 cup melted butter, as an accompaniment

In a large stockpot fitted with a basket insert, combine the stock ingredients and bring to a boil.

Add the potatoes, corn, clams and artichokes. Cover and bring back to a boil, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage, lemons, onions, and garlic, cover the pot and return to boil, about 5 minutes. Taste the stock and adjust seasoning as needed. Add the crawfish and shrimp, cover, and turn off the flame. Allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes. Add the asparagus, cover, and let steep until the vegetables and crawfish are tender, 5 to 15 minutes.

To serve, line a table with brown paper bags and newspaper. Lift the basket from the stock and drain. Dump the basket ingredients directly on newspaper. Serve with melted butter, beer, French bread, and paper towels.