Cajun Shrimp Boil – Boiling Crab Copycat

Dive into the irresistible flavors of Cajun cuisine with my Cajun Shrimp Boil – Boiling Crab Copycat recipe! It’s a mouthwatering replication of the famous shrimp boil I created with the ‘Whole Sha-Bang’ sauce from your favorite seafood joint, now easily made in your own kitchen. I make sure succulent shrimp and savory sausage are poached to perfection, then tossed in my rich, buttery, cajun-spiced sauce, this dish is a flavor explosion you won’t want to miss. Say goodbye to long restaurant lines and hello to homemade bliss with this simple yet sensational taste of Boiling Crab right at home!

Close up shot of Cajun style copycat boiling crab shrimp boil served on a plate.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re craving the vibrant flavors of a Cajun shrimp boil but prefer the comfort of your own kitchen, then my Cajun Shrimp Boil – Boiling Crab Copycat recipe is a game-changer! Just like in my Cajun Lobster Boil and Cajun Seafood Boil, I created this copycat Boiling Crab recipe to bring the lively essence of a seafood boil right to your table. Succulent shrimp and hearty sausage are boiled in a pot, then tossed with my homemade Whole Shabang Sauce, creating a flavor explosion that’s served straight to the table!

Perfectly spiced and bursting with Cajun flair, this recipe is a must-try for anyone eager to recreate the mouthwatering experience of a seafood feast at home. The part I really love about this recipe though is how you can get down and messy while enjoying the meal with your family! So get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into a flavor-packed adventure!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Shrimp – thawed large shell-on shrimp with tails. Best to keep shell on so it doesn’t shrink in size when being cooked in the seafood boil.
  • Kielbasa Sausage Kielbasa sausage works best, but can also use hot link or bratwurst if preferred.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted butter. If using unsalted, make sure to add a pinch of salt into the sauce.
  • Garlic – minced fresh garlic.
  • Old Bay Seasoning – premixed seasoning found in the seafood section of most grocery stores.
  • Paprika – ground used for coloring.
  • Cajun Seasoning– premixed seasoning found in the spices section.
  • Lemon Pepper – premixed seasoning found in the spices section.
  • Cayenne Pepper – ground red cayenne pepper.
  • Sweetener sweetener of choice. 

Additional Add Ins

To enhance the Cajun boil, consider adding Corn Cobettes or Potatoes for a heartier dish. These additions not only add texture but also absorb the flavorful broth, complementing the seafood and sausage perfectly. For an extra delicious touch, try using russet or Yukon gold potatoes.

Various seasoning used to make cajun style copycat boiling crab shrimp boil laid out on a countertop.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

Directions

Step 1 Start by melting butter over low heat. Once it’s melted, add minced garlic, Old Bay seasoning, paprika, Cajun seasoning, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, and sweetener to the butter. Let this enticing mix simmer for about 5 minutes.

Cajun style whole shabang sauce in a sauce pan.

Step 2 In a separate pot, bring water to a boil. Once it’s boiling, turn off the heat, and gently introduce the shrimp and chopped sausages. Cover the pot and let them poach for about 90 to 120 seconds or until the shrimp turns a delightful shade of pink.

Sausage and shrimp being poached in a dutch oven.

🍲 Poaching Pro Tip

Avoid Overcooking shrimp, once they turn pink, they’re done. Overcooking harms their texture.

Step 3 Next, stir the cooked shrimp and sausages into the simmering boiling crab sauce, ensuring they’re thoroughly coated with this delectable mixture.

Cajun shrimp boil served on a baking tray.

💡 Extra Flavor Pro Tip

For an extra burst of flavor, consider Squeezing some Lemon onto the shrimp or directly into the sauce.

🍽️ Serving Pro Tip

You can also use the sauce as a Dipping Sauce instead of tossing it beforehand. This is perfect for parties with guests who prefer different levels of spiciness. Simply serve the sauce on the side for everyone to enjoy according to their preference.

💡 Clean Up Pro Tip

Serve your Cajun seafood boil directly on the table and place a Large Disposable Tablecloth Underneath, making cleanup easier afterwards.

Recipe Variations

Elevate your Cajun boil by adding crab legs and clams for a Boiling Crab-style Cajun Seafood Boil. For a luxurious twist, include lobster tails to create a Boiling Crab-style Cajun Lobster Boil.

Pairing Recommendations

Elevate your Cajun feast by serving this flavorful shrimp boil alongside Cajun Cauliflower Rice, French fries, or your preferred bread. These side dishes perfectly complement the bold flavors of the seafood boil, offering a variety of textures and tastes.

Cajun style copycat boiling crab shrimp boil served in Dutch oven pot top down shot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I adjust the spice level of the Cajun seasoning in the recipe?

Yes, you can adjust the spice level of the Cajun seasoning in the recipe. One way to do this is by serving the sauce as a dipping sauce rather than tossing it with the shrimp and sausage. This allows you to control how much sauce you consume with each bite. Additionally, you can adjust the spiciness of the sauce itself by modifying the amount of cayenne pepper used during preparation.

Can I use frozen shrimp for this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen shrimp for this recipe. However, ensure that it is properly thawed before poaching. The cooking time provided in the recipe is specifically designed for thawed shrimp.

How many servings does this recipe yield?

The recipe yields two full servings, but it can be easily adjusted based on your party size.

How long do I need to poach the shrimp and sausage?

You need to poach the shrimp and sausage for between 90 to 120 seconds.

 

Close up shot of Cajun style copycat boiling crab shrimp boil being peeled by hands.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-5 days. If there is any unused sauce, store it separately, and it will remain fresh for 14-21 days.

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Close up shot of Cajun style copycat boiling crab shrimp boil served on a plate.

Cajun Shrimp Boil - Boiling Crab Copycat

Come savor the ultimate seafood delight with my Cajun Shrimp Boil - Boiling Crab Copycat recipe! Perfect for a homemade feast, this shrimp boil dish replicates the famous 'Whole Sha-Bang' sauce from your favorite seafood joint. With succulent shrimp and savory sausage, I've created a is a must-try recipe for any seafood lover. Try it now and experience the taste of Boiling Crab right in your own kitchen!
4.55 from 124 votes
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Boiling Crab Recipe, shrimp boil recipe
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 1367kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for cajun boil boiling crab copycat on the counter top.
  • Mince garlic and chop sausage and then set aside.
    Minced garlic.
  • In a large stove top pot, melt butter on medium low heat. Once butter is melted, reduce heat to low and add in chopped garlic, Old Bay seasoning, paprika, Cajun seasoning, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper and sweetener. Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.
    Cajun style whole shabang sauce in a sauce pan.
  • In the meantime, in a new large stove top pot, add enough water to cover the sausage and shrimp, and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat, add in chopped sausage and shrimp, cover and cook for 90-120 seconds or until shrimp is pinked.
    Sausage and shrimp being poached in a dutch oven.
  • Once sausages and shrimp are cooked, transfer them into the large stove top pot with the sauce, toss and transfer to a serving plate. Enjoy this dish with your hands!
    Cajun shrimp boil served on a baking tray.

Nutrition

Calories: 1367kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 138g | Saturated Fat: 74g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 44g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 366mg | Sodium: 1898mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6894IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 4mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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14 Comments

  1. Raquel Wong

    I just made this tonight for dinner and it’s just like the whole shebang ala boiling crab. We ate a lot of steamed rice with it. I’ll be making this again for sure. Thanks for the recipe!!! 😍😍😍

  2. This made a hit! but I got confused about the water you boiled shrimp and kielbasa in. are you suppose to drain it.

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Rhonda – glad to hear that! Yes, discard the water and only transfer the cooked shrimp and kielbasa into the sauce.

  3. IT WAS SO GOOD. Definitely hit that craving 😋 thank you!

  4. What spice level would you consider this recipe? My husband is a little sensitive to spiciness.

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hello Joanne – I would say it’s a 4-5. If you want it to be as mild as possible, omit the cayenne pepper and that would take it down to 2-3.

  5. Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

  6. Just tried this now and mine came out pretty salty. I used Kerrygold Irish butter. Do you recommend any certain butters? Or unsalted even? I was tasting my spices individually and my lemon pepper spice was salty.. does lemon pepper usually come already salted? Thanks!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Alan! Lemon pepper does vary in saltiness from brand to brand, so that could be the reason. The other reason could be accident incorrect measurement of an ingredient.

  7. Is this recipe keto friendly? (:

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