Crab Boil Seasoning

Last Updated on January 11, 2022 by Toya

Are you looking for a simple recipe for crab boil seasoning for cooking your favorite crab boil recipes? If you are, then this simple crab boil seasoning mix will becomes on of your favorites. Made in under 5 minutes and with spices and powder you are likely to have in your kitchen, you can’t go wrong with this homemade seasoning mix! 

crab boil seasoning

Crab boil seasoning mix recipe

This seasoning for crab boil is a simple spice mix that is used to flavor the water one uses to cook a crab boil. It helps to add flavor to the crab boil as it cooks.

Some people make their crab boil by just boiling all the components – crab legs, potatoes, corn on the cob, eggs and other shellfish- in plain water. This is fine and produces good results. However, if you want to take your recipe up a notch, adding this spice mix is a great idea.

Adding the crab boil seasoning will make a truly flavorful crab boil recipe. Then, once cooked, you can make a yummy crab boil sauce to dip your crab boil into! 

The best part is this homemade version is super easy to make which is great for people who don’t want to use store bought crab boil seasoning or have no Zatarain crab boil seasoning on hand at the moment.

What is a crab boil seasoning made of ?

The ingredients used to make a crab boil seasoning will be based on the flavor you’re going for. However, generally, these are the most popular spices, herbs and powders used to make a seasoning for crab boil:

Most popular seasonings used in crab boil recipes:

  • Salt
  • Dill seeds
  • Cilantro seeds
  • Mustard seeds
  • Allspice
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Pickling spice
  • Bay leaves

When making a crab boil spice mix these are the most popular ingredients, however, you do not need to use all of them at once. I’ll show you how I make my own version below:

Crab boil seasoning ingredients

  • 1/8 cup sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons dill seeds
  • 2 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

Note, besides the spices, powders and seeds listed above, you’ll also needs some bay leaves and lemon juice to add to your crab boil water for best results. You’ll need:

  • 1 whole lemon or lime, juiced
  • 5 bay leaves

How to make crab boil seasoning

Measure out all of the ingredients and place in a bowl.

ingredients fir crab boil seasoning

Mix well until all the ingredients are well combined.

Optionally, you can also use a blender or food processor to get rid of any lumps and balls.

Pour the crab boil flavoring mix into bowl or an air tight container and use when and as desired.

crab boil seasoning

 

Variations 

  • Louisiana crab boil seasoning recipe – For that authentic Louisiana flavor ingredients like paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, black pepper and oregano are a must. Therefore, to make a Louisiana crab boil seasoning, use the ingredients listed above but with and addition of some 3 tbsp paprika, 2 tbsp oregano, 1 tbsp red pepper flakes and 1/2 tbsp black pepper.
  • Old bay crab boil seasoning – For that old bay seasoning flavor, you will use the ingredients listed in the the ingredients list above with the addition of 1 tbsp paprika, 1/2 tbsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tbsp red pepper flakes and 1 stick of cinnamon.

How to use this seasoning for crab boil

  • For a crab boil, add 3-4 tablespoons of the spice mix, along with the lemon juice and the bay leaves to 16 cups of boiling water
  • I’ve also used 1 tablespoon of this crab boil mix to make some crab boil sauce. 
 

How to store

Store this crab boil spice mix in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Ensure that it is stored in a cool dry place and try to use up this seasoning mix as quickly as possible for the best crab boil flavors! 

Where to buy crab boil seasoning

You know how to make a crab boil seasoning. But, if you want to go ahead and buy a store bought version of it instead, you can get Zatarain’s crab boil  seasoning on Amazon and Walmart online. You can also find it in most grocery stores like Sam’s club, Safeway and more.

 

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crab boil seasoning

Crab Boil Seasoning

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Are you looking for a simple recipe for crab boil seasoning for cooking your favorite crab boil recipes? If you are, then this simple crab boil seasoning mix will becomes on of your favorites.

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons dill seeds
  • 2 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Measure out all of the ingredients and place in a bowl.
  • Mix well until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Optionally, you can also use a blender or food processor to get rid of any lumps and balls.
  • Pour the crab boil flavoring mix into bowl or an air tight container and use when and as desired.Mix well until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 tablespoon
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 1.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 2268mgSodium: 97mgCarbohydrates: 5.1gFiber: 1.6gSugar: 0.3gProtein: 1.3g

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