The seafood boil has been a classic staple of American coastal regions for generations, and at The Boiling Spot, we let you savor our version of this culinary icon right here in Plano. We’d love for you to stop by and sample our spin on this succulent feast. But since the secret ingredient that makes this meal great is the friends and family you share it with, we figured we’d tell you how to put together your own seafood boil in Plano, TX, for your next gathering.
Seafood boils are an easy way to feed a crowd, and they’ve long been the standard fare at backyard parties, family get-togethers, and holiday celebrations in the northeast and the southern United States. The ingredients vary from region to region. In New England, you might see clams in the mix, while in Maryland, you may be treated to blue crabs. In South Carolina, shrimp are common, and in Louisiana (true to our own hearts), you may get to enjoy crawfish.
Essentially, all you need is your favorite shellfish (choose your favorites), sausage (andouille or kielbasa), corn on the cob, red potatoes, onion, and seasoning. There are some great prepackaged seafood boil spice mixtures, typically containing dried bay leaves, celery salt, dry mustard, smoked paprika, black pepper, nutmeg, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
There’s no exact science to the preparation, though, of course, opinions and preferences abound. Just get enough ingredients to fill your largest pot and enough seasoning to suit your taste. Bring water in your pot, though not enough to overflow once you add the ingredients and the seasoning to a boil. Carefully introduce the sausage, corn, potatoes, and sliced onion, and boil until the potatoes are almost soft.
Next, add the shellfish and boil until the shellfish are thoroughly cooked, and the potatoes are soft. Remove everything to a serving platter, finish with a squeeze of lemon, and you and your guests are ready to enjoy your feast.