Cajun/Creole Shrimp (Boiling Crab “The Whole Shabang” Copycat Recipe)

boilingcrabI’m a big fan of recreating dishes from my favorite restaurants so I’m always on the lookout for copycat recipes.  My boyfriend and I went to Boiling Crab on our first date several years ago and it’s become tradition to eat there during our month anniversaries.  That is, until we learned to make it at home.  I initially found the recipe here but it didn’t taste exactly how I usually order it.  I’ve tried it a couple times and tweaked the ratio a little bit and the final product is spot on.  It’s good enough for 2-3 people.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 lbs shrimp (head on) or other shellfish
  • 3 heads of garlic (minced)
  • 6 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 4 tbs Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tbs Paprika
  • 1.5 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 3 tbs Lemon Pepper
  • 1 tbs Louisiana hot sauce
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • Optional sides:  corn, potatoes
  • Dipping sauce:  lemon/lime, salt & pepper

RECIPE

  1. In a small bowl, mix the Old Bay Seasoning, Paprika, Chili Powder, and Lemon Pepper
  2. Melt all the butter in a pan/pot over medium heat
  3. Stir in the minced garlic until aromatic, then add the spices
  4. After the garlic has cooked for a bit, add in the Louisiana hot sauce and sugar.  This is where you can adjust the heat to taste, 1 tbsp of hot sauce is mild, 2 is medium, 3 is hot
  5. Keep the mixture on low heat.
  6. To cook the shrimp, place in a big pot/sauce pan and fill with water until they are all submerged.  Bring it to a boil and cook until they turn orange/pink then take it off the heat.  Make sure you don’t overcook cause it gets rubbery and hard to peel.
  7. Save some of the stock for the sauce because you’ll need it.  The sauce comes out very concentrated so I usually dilute it with the shrimp stock, I mix in about 1-2 cups but it’s based on taste and preference.
  8. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and throw in the corn, serve with sides of lime/lemon and salt/pepper .
  9. To cook the corn:  Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil, place the corn in the water, return to boil, cover the pot and bring it back to a boil then turn off the heat and keep the pot covered.  It should be cooked after about 5 minutes.
  10. To cook the potatoes:  Just boil it.
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