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Joe's Crab Shack Spicy Boil

By Todd Wilbur

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Joe’s Crab Shack is known for killer crab which you can order in a variety of flavors, cooked several different ways. For those of us who like biting into food that bites us back, Joe’s boils crab in a super secret spicy seasoning blend along with some corn on the cob and red skin potatoes. This recipe is beautifully simple and you can use your favorite cooked and frozen crab: dungeness crab, snow crab, or king crab. After mixing the seasoning, grab a large pot that can hold around 6 quarts of water and bring the water up to a rolling boil. The potatoes take the longest to cook so they go in first, followed by the seasoning, the corn, and then the crab. The crab is already cooked so it won’t take long—you just want to cook it enough to get the flavor of the seasoning into the meat. The finishing touch is to sprinkle seasoning over the whole pile of goodness after it comes out of the boil and then serving everything up with plenty of napkins, and perhaps a bib or two.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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Seasoning Blend
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 5 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dehydrated onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 5 to 6 quarts water
  • 2 red skin potatoes
  • 2 yellow corn cobs
  • Cooked and frozen crab:
  • 2 1/2 pounds Dungeness crab, or 6 snow crab clusters, or 6 king crab legs
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      Joe's Crab Shack
    • Instructions

      1. Make the seasoning blend by combining all the spices in a small bowl.

      2. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot that will hold all the crab, potatoes, and corn.

      3. Slice the potatoes in half and drop the halves in to the boiling water to cook for 15 minutes.

      4. After the potatoes have cooked for 15 minutes, reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons of the seasoning and dump the rest into the water. Drop the corn into the water and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.

      5. Add the crab to the seasoned water and boil for 5 minutes. Make sure the water completely covers the crab. Add more hot water if necessary.

      6. After 5 minutes, remove the crab, potatoes, and corn from the water and sprinkle with the reserved 1 1/2 tablespoons of seasoning. Serve with shell crackers, napkins, and some cold beverages.

      Serves 2.

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