Crab Boil Spice Mix Recipe

Crab Boil. Photo by djnaquin67 [flickr]
Ratings (16)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup (6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
13 Calories
0g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you're prepping for a big seafood event you're going to want to have a good crab boil on hand. Crab boil is the spice you use to flavor the water that you're boiling crab in. You can, of course, use it for other shellfish as well. Many people use a store bought crab boil but they're easy to make from spices you probably already have in your rack. This easy crab boil spice mix may be used for shrimp, crawfish, lobster or crab.

Baltimore International Culinary College


  • 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 dried chives (minced​)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano​
  • 5 bay leaves

Steps to Make It

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

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

  3. 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.