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Homemade seafood boil sauce

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Seafood boil sauce is thought to have originated in the Gulf Coast region of the United States. The sauce is often used to cook seafood in a pot or bag, and it is also used as a dipping sauce for seafood.

Homemade seafood boil sauce

Course: MainDifficulty: Easy


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Seafood boil sauce is a flavorful and versatile sauce that is perfect for seafood boils. It is made with a combination of butter, spices, and broth, and it has a slightly spicy flavor that pairs well with seafood.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the Old Bay seasoning, paprika, lemon pepper seasoning, chili powder or cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add the chicken broth and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the parsley and remove from heat.


  • You can adjust the amount of spices to your liking. If you like your sauce spicier, add more chili powder or cayenne pepper.
  • You can use any type of seafood in this recipe. Some popular choices include shrimp, crab, crawfish, and lobster.
  • If you don’t have Old Bay seasoning, you can substitute a combination of other spices, such as cajun seasoning, black pepper, and garlic powder.