Oven Bag Crab Boil

It’s the first day of a new decade and what better way to ring in the new year, than with a lit new recipe ?! Traditionally , a new year meal consists of things like fish , greens, and beans -however this year I felt like changing it up in my house. I wanted to share a seafood recipe that would be perfect for upcoming Super Bowl events , Valentine’s Day, or really any night you or your family wants to have some delicious seafood. This recipe has Dungeness crab legs (you can also use snow crab legs ) , extra large shrimp, andouille sausage , corn, and red potatoes. It’s literally a bag of seasoned and juicy seafood. As always , please let me know how the recipe turns out for you , and enjoy !

Glam Kitchen Tips

  • Fresh lemon juice and garlic are preferred but if you don’t have them on hand then you can use the jar and bottle versions
  • I used Dungeness crab but any crab legs of your choice will work
  • If you want a lower sodium option, use a salt free Lemon Pepper Seasoning and there is a reduced sodium variation of Old Bay


*Feeds 4*


  • 2 pound crab legs (I used Dungeness crab legs)
  • 1 pound extra large shrimp, deveined with the shells off (you can leave the shells on if you prefer)
  • 6 ears corn on the cob
  • Old bay seasoning
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • Paprika
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large lemon, cut in half
  • 8 cloves garlic , chopped (or 2 tablespoon minced garlic)
  • 12-14 ounces andouille sausage , cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 oven bag (I used the turkey size )
  • 6 cups water


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a large pot, add water and boil the corn and potatoes for 18-20 minutes on high heat (to ensure potatoes are cooked through )
  3. Remove from heat, drain and set aside
  4. In a large pan, lay out the oven bag
  5. Add the cooked potatoes and corn to the bag
  6. Generously season with old bay, lemon pepper, and paprika
  7. Add the andouille sausage to the bag
  8. Add the crabs and shrimp
  9. Generously season with more old bay, lemon pepper , and paprika
  10. Top with garlic, 1 tablespoon parsley, and slice half of the lemon
  11. Pour in melted butter, chicken broth, and squeeze the other half of the lemons juices over the seafood
  12. Close the bag with tie or tie a knot in the bag
  13. Gently shake the bag so that the seasoning and juices evenly distribute(be careful not to rip the bag because the crab legs are sharp)
  14. Place pan in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes
  15. Remove from the oven and open the bag
  16. In another large pan or serving platter, arrange the contents of the bag
  17. Spoon the bag juices over the crab boil
  18. Sprinkle remaining parsley over it
  19. Sprinkle more lemon pepper or old bay (optional step)
  20. Serve and enjoy !

Recipe by : Shauntay Parrish

59 thoughts on “Oven Bag Crab Boil

  1. Question. The 6 cups of water is to boil the potatoes and corn. Is that correct?

  2. Is the 40-45 minutes in the oven the correct amount of time? It seems like a long time for seafood in the oven. I wanna make this tonight but I don’t want to overcook.

  3. Yes , that is correct. It will still come out tasty. But if you want to reduce the cook time you can ❤️

  4. No, I’m going to make it the exact same way that you suggest, i just wanted to confirm. Do you think i could add lobster in that bag for the same time as well?

  5. Oooh looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it! What brand of chicken broth and lemon pepper do you recommend? Thank you!!

  6. Thank you ! I use McCormick brand lemon pepper and really any store brand unsalted chicken broth

  7. I made this last night and it was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and everything came out amazing! I am looking now to see which recipe is next 🙂

  8. On the ingredient list, are the crab legs and shrimp cooked or raw? From the picture it looks like cooked crab legs and raw shrimp.

  9. My new fave! I love seafood but I hate the cleanup especially when the craving hits on a busy weekday. Tried this the other day and am doing it RIGHT now to kick back and enjoy with a hurricane to drink. Thanks!

  10. Just made this and it came out amazing!! I didn’t use shrimp but the idea of the oven bag is a God send ! Thank you for sharing ! Posting pics to my IG and I will definitely tag you !!

  11. Pictures coming, i am feeling confident this is a winner recipe and meal.Fingers cross gonna do this at a friends house.Like some else sad the cooking bag is an amazing twist to reducing the clean up. Thanks for sharing. Be back later with my report.

  12. Why do you add the chicken broth to the bag for extra flavor or something…. Second question why not add seafood broth?….

  13. You can add seafood broth if that is your preference , I add it because it gives me the desired final product taste that I like ❤️

  14. Tried this recipe it was a hit…so delicious! Thanks for sharing ❤

  15. Does it matter if the crabs and shrimp are frozen? Or do they need to be thawed out?

  16. My daughter wanted to go to a local restaurant for her birthday dinner that serves the crab boil. Due to the pandemic we were not able to done out so I looked on Pinterest to get ideas and I’m so glad I found this page! I followed the recipe exactly except I doubled all the ingredients for my large family lol it was AMAZING! It looked, smelled and tasted sooooooo good!!! My daughters and son said they preferred mine over the restaurant! Absolutely delicious & super easy! THANK YOU! I wish I could post a pic for you!

  17. Hi I follow your IG and can’t wait to make this. Can you suggest a sausage substitute for people like me who don’t eat pork? Thanks!

  18. If I wanted to substitute scallops for some of the shrimp when should they be added? Cook for how long? Thanks!!

  19. If I were making scallops I would make them stove top and add them when the oven bag crabs is done ❤️

  20. The recipe was delicious however the shrimp and a snow crab legs were overcooked

  21. Is the sausage pre cooked or it cooks once in the oven with seafood? Going to try this weekend.

  22. I’ve made this twice for my family and it came out perfect both times. The first time i used a smoked turkey sausage, prawns, and lobster claws, and added cajun seasoning = Excellence. The second time i used cajun seasoning, chicken andouille sausage, prawns, scallops, and lobster tail = Perfection. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My family thinks I’m pretty amazing because of this recipe 😉

  23. The corn was too dry. I used fresh ears and after 15 minutes of boiling and 30 minutes in the oven the corn was very dry. Next time I will add the corn to the oven but still boil the red potatoes. The flavor was on point my sister and the recipe was very easy to follow.

  24. Awww – thank you I will update it to say I used frozen corn since it’s available year round . If you’re using fresh corn you definitely want to increase the cook time

  25. It came out good. How do I thicken up the sauce in the bag

  26. I’m glad to hear that ! And it’s a loose sauce so I wouldn’t recommend making it thicker but if you wanted to I guess you could use a little corn starch and water

  27. Hello and good evening!!! I would like to know the measurements for the old bay and lemon seasoning if u can give one ? Im kinda heavy handy with Dawson if and don’t want it to be to salty thank you

  28. There is an old bay Shortage and I cant Find any anywhere. What can I use as a substitute?

  29. I planned to try this way to make a “Boil” and after all was ready to go, I found out I didn’t have “oven bags” I bought Slow Cooker liners! So I adapted this into a slow cooker version, using the seasonings you posted and “Janed” it a little more for an excellant result. I loved the flavors combos and used just water and not much of it so the ingredients steamed instead of boilng. I used Zaterran’s Anduollie sausage and it added great flavor and heat to the mix. I did pre boil the potatoes and corn, and they layerd them into the same broth I pre boiled them in with a bit more seasoning, and put my large peeled and cleaned shrimp in frozen, than two clusters of snow crab, frozen. I cooked on high for an hour and then switched to low. I added a stick of unsalted butter to the top. This will be my new way to do a boil from now on. The kitchen stayed cool and all the ingredients were flavorful and tender without being over cooked. Thanks. Next time I have oven bags, I might go back and try again!’

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