Summer is HERE! There is no time like the present to host a Southern-Style Seafood Boil, and let’s be honest who does love a good seafood boil? Here is our Southern Style Seafood Boil Guide:


1. Food

A seafood boil must include: your choice of meat-usually shrimp, crawfish, or crab., red potatoes, onions, corn, lemon, seasoning, and so much butter that even Paula Dean is shaking.

Check out this recipe by Julia Rutland from HGTV

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 (1.5-ounce) bag seafood boil seasoning or 1/3 to 1/2 cup seafood seasoning
  • 1 pound red new potatoes, halved
  • 2 Vidalia or sweet onions, quartered
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 14 to 16 ounces kielbasa or smoked sausage, thickly sliced
  • 4 ears corn, husked and cut into thirds
  • 2 pounds unpeeled fresh shrimp
  • Serve with: French bread, lemon wedges, melted butter, additional seasoning
  1. Fill a large stockpot [10- to 12-quart or larger] halfway with water.
  2. Add seafood seasoning and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Add potatoes and onions to pot; reduce heat to medium and simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Add corn and sausage; simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp; simmer 3 minutes or until pink.
  6. Drain and serve ingredients on newspaper or large platter with bread, melted butter, lemons, and additional seafood seasoning, if desired. 



Boils are fun and casual backyard parties so think big batch cocktails and local beer for drinks. If you feel like stepping it up a bit though check out our Summer Drink Recipes HERE for some inspiration.



3. Fun

Don’t forget to add some fun to the feast with some simple backyard games. You can’t go wrong with a nice set of cornhole games for the adults or children to play. Also, don’t forget the music!! We suggest setting up an outdoor speaker and creating a fun playlist ahead of time, or just find a good Pandora station.