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Seafood Boil Sauce

This ultimate Seafood Boil Sauce is perfect for shrimp, crab, crawfish, and more. This buttery rich, flavorful blend combines the perfect balance of Old Bay Seasoning, parsley, lemon, and garlic to elevate your spread to the next level.

seafood boil garlic butter sauce in a white bowl with a spoon
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Key Ingredients

  • Butter (Olive oil can be substituted)
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Parsley
  • Dry, white wine (Broth can be substituted if you wish).
sticks of butter, white wine, garlic, and spices in separate bowls

Taste and Flavor

Butter adds a rich, creamy taste and texture to seafood, and can also help to enhance the natural flavors.

Lemon adds a bright, acidic taste that complements the delicate flavor of seafood. Lemon helps balance out the richness of the seafood and butter used in the dish. It also gives a freshness to the dish and enhances the natural flavors.

Garlic works wonderfully here because it adds a strong, pungent taste that complements the delicate flavor. Garlic’s strong flavor can help add a depth of flavor to the dish.

melted butter in a skillet

How to Make Seafood Boil Sauce

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Place a skillet or saucepan on medium heat and add the butter.
  2. When melted, lemon, lemon zest, Old Bay Seasoning, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir for 3-4 minutes until combined.
seafood boil garlic butter sauce in a saucepan

How to Make it Spicy

You can add your favorite hot sauce or cayenne pepper to make it spicy.

Additional Ideas on How to Season it

seafood boil garlic butter sauce in a white bowl with a spoon

How to Store Leftover Sauce and How Long it Will Last in the Fridge

Leftover sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days.

How to Reheat

To reheat it, you can warm it in a saucepan on low heat, stirring occasionally. You can use the microwave. Stick to short bursts of time (I like to check in every 15 seconds) and stir in between to ensure that it is heated evenly. To keep the sauce from separating, it’s best to avoid boiling or overheating it.

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Freezer Tips

You can freeze leftover sauce for up to 3 months. Use an airtight container or a freezer bag and make sure to press out all the air before sealing it. Thaw in the fridge overnight and follow the reheat steps noted above.

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Seafood Boil Sauce

This ultimate Seafood Boil Sauce is perfect for shrimp, crab, crawfish, and more. This buttery rich, flavorful blend combines the perfect balance of Old Bay Seasoning, parsley, lemon, and garlic to elevate your spread to the next level.
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Course sauce
Cuisine Cajun, Southern
Keyword crab boil sauce, crawfish boil sauce, seafood boil sauce, shrimp boil sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 209kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine I use Pinot Grigio. Broth can be substituted with broth if desired.
  • 5-6 garlic cloves Adjust to suit your taste and use less for less garlic flavor.
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning Optional for spicy
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Adjust to suit taste.
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place a skillet or saucepan on medium heat and add the butter.
  • When melted, add the remaining ingredients and stir. Stir for 3-4 minutes until combined.

Notes

Makes 1 cup.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 22g
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