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Joe's Crab Shack Ragin' Cajun Steampot Recipe

8:05 AM, Mar 26, 2011   |    comments
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This Maryland blue crab was caught by waterman Paul Kellam in Ridge, Md. on Monday June 23, 2008. (AP Photo)

Ragin Cajun Steampot:

  • 2 Clusters of Dungeness Crab (approx. 1 lb) 
  • 6 in shell shrimp 
  • 1 Andouille sausage link 
  • Fresh Corn on the Cob- 1 
  • 2 red potatoes


For Garlic Boil:

  1. Place whole heads of garlic with skin in a food processor or use a chef knife to rough chop garlic. Remove any excess stems, skin or discolored pieces. 
  2. Combine all ingredients a suitable stock pot. 
  3. Bring to a temperature of 212 degrees then lower heat and maintain at a simmer (200 degrees) for minimum of 30 minutes.  Boil must have minimum temperature of 200 degrees and maximum of 225 degrees.
  4. Precook corn in garlic boil approximately 6 minutes. Boil red potatoes until fork tender, approximately 20 minutes prior to cooking with steampots.


Garlic Flavor Classic Steampot:

  1. Once garlic boil has been at a simmer for 30 minutes, place crab legs, shrimp, sausage, precooked corn and potatoes into the garlic bath and heat to a minimum 6 minutes or until reaching an internal temperature of 155 degrees F. 
  2. Transfer into a platter and serve immediately with melted butter. Optional sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning to taste and add spice.


Ragin' Cajun Flavor Crab Legs:

  1. Once garlic boil has been at a simmer for 30 minutes, place crab legs, shrimp, sausage, precooked corn and potatoes into the garlic bath and heat to a minimum 6 minutes or until reaching an internal temperature of 155 degrees F. 
  2. Place Cajun seasoning, Creole seasoning and melted butter in a mixing bowl, using a rubber spatula mix to incorporate well. Remove crab from garlic bath and add to the mixture. Toss and mix well with a rubber spatula. 
  3. Transfer into a platter and serve immediately. Add more seasoning as needed. Good eats.


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