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Crab Boil Spice Mix Recipe

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By Baltimore International Culinary College

Boiled crab
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Easy crab boil spice mix may be used for shrimp, crawfish, lobster or crab.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/4 cup pickling spices
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 2 Tablespoons hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon celery seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon minced dried chives
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 5 bay leaves


Add pickling spices, sea salt, mustard seeds, peppercorns, pepper flakes, celery seeds, chives, ginger, oregano, and bay leaves to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulsing, process until the mixture forms a coarse powder.

For cooking shrimp, add 1/4 cup of the spices, along with 2 teaspoons salt, to a large saucepan of boiling water or half water and half beer.

For lobster or crab, use 1 part distilled white wine vinegar to 3 parts water. Add the seafood and cook for 2 minutes, or until just cooked through. Remove the seafood and serve or chill.

Yield: about 1 cup

Recipe Source: Baltimore International Culinary College
Reprinted with permission.

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 4 out of 5
Crab Boil Spice Mix, Member lkonigs

It really is a super combination of herbs and spices. I tried to used it in the food processor but it did not break the peppercorns so I used my spice mill. I used half beer and half water and two tablespoons of mix and one teaspoon of salt to one pound of shrimp. I will definitely used this recipe again.

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