Sheet Pan Low Country Boil Recipe with Crab Legs is the seafood boil recipe you’ve got to try the next time you’re craving a variety of seafood!
Down in the Low Country of South Carolina, Crab Boil recipes are plentiful!
This easy meal that is filled with old bay seasoning and fresh seafood is loved by everyone who owns a picnic table.
You will love this sheet pan version for your next dinner party idea!
Included in this recipe tutorial are also some tips and cheats for hosting your first low country boil. If you’ve never hosted one of these low country boil parties, you are in for a fun night and delicious meal!
The sheet pan version of a low country boil party is filled with tender shrimp, spicy sausage, sweet corn, onions, potatoes, and snow crab legs!
It’s all baked on a sheet pan, in your oven, for a no-mess and easy clean-up low-country boil!
Sheet Pan Low Country Boil Recipe with Crab Legs
To begin this recipe, you’ll need to gather a few kitchen items.
First, you’ll need a half-sheet pan. Otherwise known as a jelly roll pan, you want a sheet pan with sides.
Next, you’ll need some tongs and a few bowls to keep all your ingredients ready to go when you need them.
Like the Beaufort Stew or Beaufort Boil, you’ll add certain ingredients at certain times. Everything cooking in their own time.
The secret to this recipe is having everything ready to go when you need it. Not the other way around!
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I chose to serve my seafood boil off of a fresh oven-safe platter — that way it would hold the heat of the food, keeping everything nice and hot while we ate, but it was fresh! And nicer looking than a half-sheet pan!
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Lowcountry Boil Recipe Ingredients You’ll Need
Potatoes – You’ll need some kind of potato. I chose to use the small, bite-sized Yukon gold potatoes, but small red potatoes are wonderful. Any tender potatoes that have a creamy texture to them will work well. You want it to hold its shape, and not disintegrate into the recipe while everything is roasting.
Smoked Sausage – I chose to use andouille sausage and a turkey kielbasa sausage. You can use beef sausage or a smoky sausage. Whatever you like, it will make this a great recipe!
Fresh Corn – I used the frozen half corn cobs, but if it were corn season, I’d cut larger ears of corn into small discs.
Onions – I sliced a Vidalia onion into large wedges for added flavor, and texture to the overall dish.
Fresh Shrimp – You’ll need large to jumbo shrimp for this version of Frogmore Stew. I like getting peeled and deveined shrimp, with the tails still on. It was a little bit more expensive but worth it!
Crab – Snow Crab Legs were on sale when I hosted, but King Crab Legs or Blue Crab would be so delicious in this recipe.
The extra ingredients to complete this meal are fresh lemon halves, homemade cocktail sauce, and melted butter.
You could also serve this with garlic bread, I chose to serve it with Cheddar Air Fryer Biscuits. Yum!
Roasting a Low Country Shrimp Boil
Just like if you were filling a steam pot with enough water to boil everything together, this recipe cooks in stages.
Before anything goes into the oven, you’ll toss it in olive oil and seafood seasoning. Old Bay is a classic option, but I used this “local” seafood seasoning blend I picked up in Cook’s on Bay. This lovely store is on the main drag of Downtown Beaufort, SC.
First, you’ll roast your potatoes and onions together.
In a preheated oven, you’ll toss your onions and potatoes onto the sheet pan, and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
While these are roasting, this is when you can put the finishing touches on your table, fill water glasses, get the starter cocktail ready, or get yourself dressed!
When hosting, I like to build in time to get myself ready and put the final touches on anything I need to. I do not want to be running around hurriedly when people are walking in the door — that is the worst way to start a party!
Secret Hosting Tip: I use my Amazon Alexa to set my timers. I just yell “Alexa, set a 20-minute timer!” as I’m closing the oven door and moving to my next task.
Sheet Pan Lowcountry Boil Timeline
After 20 minutes, remove the sheet pan, and place the buttered corn cobs and sliced smoked sausage on the sheet pan. Spread them all over so they shifted all over the pan, and not in one clump in the middle.
I like to place my corn cobs around the outside, since they’re heavy, and take up a bunch of room.
Place back in the oven, and set another 20-minute timer.
Hosting Tip: During these 20 minutes I make sure I am dressed, and everything else is ready to go.
In total, you want to start this process 40 minutes before your “show time.” The time when you’ve asked people to arrive.
That way, you’ve got plenty of time to welcome your people in the door and get them started on a little appetizer and their first cocktail.
If you know you want more time for appetizers and cocktails, start the potatoes and onions 20 minutes before your guests arrive, giving yourself 30+ total minutes of gabbing and catching up before dinner is served.
Let me tell you, if you do this, SET A LOUD TIMER. While the sausage, potatoes, corn, etc can cook for a while, don’t forget about them!
Alright, you’re ready to add the last items to your roasting pan, the shrimp and crab legs!
They need about 12 minutes, depending on how much you’re serving.
Lay the crab legs on top of the sausage and potatoes, and add the shrimp all around too. I was worried about the shrimp overcooking, so I roasted them on their own sheet pan.
Place these back into the oven and set a timer for 12 minutes.
During these 12 minutes ask a friend to ladle out the melted butter, and another friend to pour the wine.
Set out a tossed green salad, and some crusty bread, and dinner is ready!
How to Serve this Party
This is a great dinner party to host outside, if you’re able!
Line your table with newspaper, dump it in the center, and everyone just eats with their hands. So fun!
I chose to use real plates, on top of newspaper and paper placemats. Since I was serving indoors, I knew I wanted to use real plates, and not paper plates.
This is a complete meal, the potatoes, corn, and onions are great side dishes that make this a one-pot meal.
If this is your first time hosting, this is one of the easiest recipes that serve a large crowd if you want it to!
Other Recipes for a Sheet Pan Low Country Boil
Prosecco Vinaigrette Salad – The acidic dressing and light mixed greens are just what you need for this dinner recipe!
Easy Garlic Bread – this is such an easy, but delicious recipe! Garlic cloves are simmered in butter, then the butter gets slathered on either side of the sliced sourdough bread. It’s all wrapped up in foil and baked until warm and toasty inside.
Homemade Cocktail Sauce – of course, you could buy some… but, this recipe is only a few ingredients and so much better than store-bought!
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Sheet Pan Low Country Boil Recipe with Crab Legs is the seafood boil recipe you’ll want to make when you’re craving a variety of seafood!
- 2 lb Bite-Sized Potatoes
- 1 Yellow Onion, cut into wedges
- 1 lb. Smoked Sausage, sliced
- 2 lbs Corn Cobs
- 2 lbs. Fresh Shrimp
- 2 lbs. Fresh Snow Crab Legs
- 2 TBS Seafood Seasoning (Like Old Bay)
- 4 TBS Olive Oil
- 1 Stick Butter, melted
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss your potatoes and onion wedges with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of seafood seasoning.
- Dump onto a half sheet pan, and roast for 20 minutes.
- While the potatoes and onions are roasting, slice your sausage and add to the big bowl. In the same bowl, add in your corn cobs.
- Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of seafood seasoning. Toss the corn and sausage in the oil and seasoning until well coated. Set to the side.
- In another large bowl, toss the fresh shrimp with the remaining oil and seafood seasoning. Keep to the side until the end of the cooking process.
- After the 20-minute timer has gone off, remove the potatoes and onions from the oven and toss the around.
- Place the corn around the perimeter of the sheet pan, and add the sausage to the center, in a uniform layer.
- Roast the corn, sausage, potatoes, and onions for another 20 minutes.
- When 20 minutes is up, remove from the oven, and place the crab legs on top of everything.
- You can add the shrimp to the same pan, or roast on a separate pan.
- Roast the crab + shrimp + everything else an additional 10-12 minutes, keeping an eye on the shrimp.
- When the shrimp are cooked through remove them from the oven, and serve!
- Serve this Sheet Pan Lowcountry Boil Recipe with Crab Legs with melted butter and lots of bread for dunking!
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