Seafood Boil Bag Recipe: How To Make It

Last Updated on January 13, 2022 by Toya

This seafood boil bag recipe is the best! If you’ve ever wanted to make a seafood boil, then you need to learn how to make this seafood boil in a bag right now. It’s a great easy dinner or lunch idea made in under 1 hour and produces the most juicy shellfish and vegetables! 

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What is a seafood boil bag?

Seafood boil bag is simply a seafood boil recipe which includes shellfish, vegetables and some buttery seafood sauce that is inside an oven bag. Sometimes seafood boil bags are made in an oven and other times they are made by dunking the sealed bag of seafood in boiling water on the stovetop. Some people also just cook the seafood boil recipe on the stove top or inside an oven, then place the cooked seafood and vegetables inside of a bag together with their favorite sauce and serve it right in the bag!

Why is seafood boil served in a bag?

Seafood boil is served in a bag to keep the shrimp, crab legs, mussels, crawfish, clams, lobster tails, and whatever other seafood you include in the seafood boil juicy and tender during cooking. It is also a less messy way to enjoy seafood and not have to do a lot of cleaning afterwards. 

What kind of bags can you boil seafood in?

Oven bags made of  heat-resistant nylon are your best bet. I get my seafood boil oven bags from Newcos on Amazon. They’re large enough to hold up to 11 pounds of seafood and still close up easily. 
 

Ingredients for seafood boil bag

  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 lb king crab legs
  • 1 lb  precooked crawfish
  • 1 lb red potatoes
  • 1 lb sausages
  • 4 ears of corn, cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of seafood boil seasoning
  • Fresh parsley, to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 5 bay leaves

Tools needed to make seafood boil in a bag

  • A large oven bag, and tie – This is needed to cook the seafood boil in. The tie is convenient for tying the bag to seal the stem in during cooking.
  • A large bowl – A large bowl is needed to provide some stability so that as you’re adding all the seafood boil ingredients into the bag, it does not move and slide everywhere. 
  • A baking sheet – This tool is used to place the seafood boil bag on so that as it cooks, the liquid doesn’t pour out and make a mess inside the oven.
  • Foil – Not a necessity, but add some extra protection to the baking sheet and makes cleaning even easier in case of spills. 

How to make a seafood boil bag

Start by gathering all the ingredients in one place.

seafood boil bag ingredients

Then Clean up the crab legs, shrimp, crawfish and mussels. Also chop up the sausages, the corn and the potatoes.

Precook the corn by boiling for ten minutes. Precook the medium sized potatoes by boiling for 25 minutes.

If you have smaller potatoes boil them for 12 minutes, if you have large potatoes precook them by boiling them for 30 minutes. 

Precooking these is important as you don’t want them raw when they’re placed inside that seafood bag for cooking. They need a head start so you don’t have to leave the seafood boil (with the shrimp, the mussels, crawfish and the crab legs) in the oven to overcook for too long.

Next, find a large bowl or container and place the oven bag over it to get some stability.

open the oven bag over a large bowl

Then add all the ingredients into the the oven bag including the seafood boil seasoning, the lime juice, the melted butter and the bay leaves. 

add all the ingredients into the bag

Then close up the bag with the tie, place the seafood bag inside a baking dish and place into an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 22 minutes.

Increase the heat to 400 degrees for the last 6 minutes of cooking.

Once thee 28 minutes are up, open up the bag to let out the steam. You can enjoy it directly from the bag, OR…

cooked seafood boil in a bag

 

You can remove the seafood from the bag and place it in a dish before serving. Garnish with some fresh chopped parsley. and serve with some garlic butter sauce or Blove’s sauce

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How to reheat seafood boil bag

To reheat a seafood boil in a bag, simply put a large, deep pot filled 1/3 of the way with water on the stove top and bring to a boil. When the water comes to a boil, place the closed bag of seafood into the water and leave it there for 10-12 minutes. The seafood within the bag will steam and and become reheated. Once the time is up, remove from the heat, and enjoy! 

Now that you know how to make a seafood boil bag, let me know if you tried it out and how you liked it below!

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seafood boil bag served 4

Seafood Boil Bag

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 59 minutes

This seafood boil bag recipe is the best! If you’ve ever wanted to make a seafood boil, then you need to learn how to make this seafood boil in a bag right now. It’s a great easy dinner or lunch idea made in under 1 hour and produces the most juicy shellfish and vegetables! 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 lb king crab legs
  • 1 lb precooked crawfish
  • 1 lb red potatoes
  • 1 lb sausages
  • 4 ears of corn, cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of seafood boil seasoning
  • Fresh parsley, to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 5 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Start by gathering all the ingredients in one place.
  2. Then Clean up the crab legs, shrimp, crawfish and mussels. Also chop up the sausages, the corn and the potatoes.
  3. Precook the corn by boiling for 5 minutes. Precook the medium sized potatoes by boiling for 25 minutes.
  4. Next, find a large bowl or container and place the oven bag over it to get some stability.
  5. Then add all the ingredients into the the oven bag including the seafood boil seasoning, the lime juice, the melted butter and the bay leaves. 
  6. Then close up the bag with the tie, place the seafood bag inside a baking dish and place into an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 22 minutes.
  7. Increase the heat to 400 degrees for the last 6 minutes of cooking.
  8. Once thee 28 minutes are up, open up the bag to let out the steam. You can enjoy it directly from the bag, OR…
  9. You can remove the seafood from the bag and place it in a dish before serving. Garnish with some fresh chopped parsley. and serve with some garlic butter sauce or Blove’s sauce

Notes

If you have smaller potatoes boil them for 12 minutes, if you have large potatoes precook them by boiling them for 30 minutes. 

Precooking these is important as you don’t want them raw when they’re placed inside that seafood bag for cooking. They need a head start so you don’t have to leave the seafood boil (with the shrimp, the mussels, crawfish and the crab legs) in the oven to overcook for too long.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: about 1 lb of seafood boil
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 865Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 451mgSodium: 2890mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 69g

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