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Southern Style Crab Boil

This dish takes me back to the good old summer days of childhood, when there were no worries or responsibilities. When we'd chow down with close family and friends and drink soda all day long. Although it’s winter time, I needed something that would warm me up like the summer sun.

This dish is a staple for the southern side of my family. It’s a super simple recipe: toss whole garlic cloves, fingerling potatoes, corn, smoked sausage, and of course, crab, into a boiling pot of water with one cup of Old Bay Seasoning. It’ll be done fast with a cook time of just 20 minutes. This dish has the perfect amount of salt that will make you want to lick your fingers and come back for more. The resulting flavors are bold, spicy, and garlicky. The best part is you only need your hands and a lobster cracker! Although you'll probably want to grab a few napkins for this one.

I'm not always a huge fan of the winter, so when I need it to feel like summer again this is one of my go-tos!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes


2 lbs snow crab legs

1 lb prawns

1 lb smoked sausage

2 ears of corn

1 lb of fingerling potatoes

1 cup of Old Bay Seasoning

Salt to taste


  1. In a large pot filled with water, add the smoked sausage potatoes, Old Bay seasoning, and salt. You want the water to be a little salty.

  2. Bring water to a boil and fully cook the potatoes. This should take about 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the potato.

  3. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, add the corn, prawns, and crab. Fully cook the crab and prawns (about 10 minutes).

  4. Once everything is cooked, drain the ingredients using a colander.

  5. Pour everything onto a platter or the center of your table lined with newspaper and serve.


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I'm Jorden Hand - the "hand" behind the hand that feeds you. The food you'll find here is inspired by the experiences I've gained through travel and working in some of the best restaurants Seattle has to offer. I Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I enjoyed making them for you. 

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