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Boiling Crab Shrimp Copycat Recipe

Boiling Crab Shrimp Copycat Recipe

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So what do the Eastern states miss apart from “In-N-Out” burgers? The famous boiling crab. It’s so hard to resist eating with your bare fingers like a savage. And this Boiling Crab Shrimp Copycat Recipe will take you straight to Boiling Crab.

Now, for anyone who does not know this Western fast food chain, Boiling Crab specializes in all kinds of shellfish in a remarkable blend of Southern seasonings, lemon, butter, and garlic.

You order your portion in pounds and get to choose between a good range of dips and side dishes. You will then get your order in a plastic bag, and once this hits the table, the devouring starts.

Boiling Crab Shrimp Copycat Recipe

It’s time to make this fantastic Shrimp copycat recipe from Boiling Crab. Once you make it you’ll see just how easy it is and you’ll want to make it all the time. 


  • 4 lbs./2kg shrimps (or other crustaceans),
  • 3 heads garlic, peeled and minced,
  • 4 sticks butter (unsalted),
  • 4 tbsp old bay seasoning,
  • 2 tbsp paprika,
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper,
  • 2 tbsp lemon or black pepper,
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce (preferably Louisiana),
  • 2 tbsp white sugar,

Extra Ingredients (optional):

  • 2 ears of corn
  • 2 chorizo sausages, sliced
  • 1 ½ tbsp Louisiana sauce
  • 2 limes (or one per person)
  • Salt-Pepper

For The Fries

  • 4 small potatoes
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt

Other utensils:

  • 1-gallon food storage bags
  • Masking paper, newspaper, or single-use tablecloth


1. Preparing the Pot:

  • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil.

2. Prep Work:

  • Chop potatoes into medium fry sticks.
  • Halve lemons.
  • Finely slice chorizo.
  • Process garlic in a food processor.

3. Making The Shabang Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, mix Old Bay seasoning, cayenne, and lemon pepper.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Combine minced garlic with mixed seasonings.
  • Cook garlic for a few minutes, then stir in Louisiana sauce and sugar.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer.

4. Cooking Shrimp and Sides:

  • Add halved lemon to boiling water.
  • Cook shrimp in batches for 2-3 minutes each. Avoid overcooking.
  • Use the same water to cook corn and chorizo if desired.

5. Preparing Fries:

  • Deep fry potato sticks at 400°F (200°C) until golden.
  • Toss fries with Old Bay seasoning and garlic salt.

6. Assembling the Bags:

  • Distribute shrimp, corn, and chorizo into individual gallon-sized storage bags.
  • Divide Shabang Sauce evenly among the bags.
  • Seal bags and toss to mix.

7. Serving:

  • Cover dining table with newspaper or a single-use tablecloth.
  • Provide small bowls for individual seasoning with limes, salt, and pepper.
  • Once ready, dive in and enjoy!

8. Clean-up:

  • Roll up the used papers and dispose of them for easy clean-up.

Enjoy your Boiling Crab-style shrimp feast!

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2 thoughts on “Boiling Crab Shrimp Copycat Recipe”

  • This recipe was amazing! I did not add any of the cayenne pepper and the recipe was still very flavorful. My family loved it, and a hardcore boiling crab fan said it was really good! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

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