Creating a homemade seafood boil recipe is really easy and only takes minutes! Take a selection of whole spices, crush them and add to a pot of simmering water for about 20 minutes so the flavours infuse before throwing in your shrimp, crab or crawfish etc. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
Note: Whilst this seafood boil seasoning uses whole spices, I don't think it would make a lot of difference if you used pre-ground powders if that's all you have available. If you do, reduce the amounts the recipe suggests by about half.
What You'll Need: (makes about 12 tablespoons)
3 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
2 tbsp allspice berries
2 tbsp mustard seeds (brown or yellow)
2 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp celery seeds
3-4 tsp chili flakes
2 tsp cloves
2 tbsp sea salt
6-8 dried bay leaves
tbsp = tablespoon
If you make this before time you can combine the ingredients and store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight and they'll retain their flavours for a long time.
Only crush them when you're about to start cooking.
Note: If you use an electric grinder, a quick press of the button is all that's required to break them down. Or you could wrap them in a towel and bash with a heavy object to crush them that way.
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