Recipe Time: Seafood Steamer Pot

by Randy Murray on September 3, 2014

During our recent vacation to Ocracoke island in the North Carolina Outer Banks we came across a service called “Captain Puddle Ducks” that delivers a pot of goodies to your door for you to steam and enjoy.

The pot I ordered at 4 PM showed up at our rented house promptly at 6. It had potatoes, corn, clams, crab legs, sausage, and shrimp, all seasoned and ready to go. It was a hit with the family.

It’s so easy to do I plan on doing it at home. Here’s what you’ll need to try it yourself:

  1. One big pot with a lid.
  2. Enough red skin potatoes to feed your expected group. Get large ones and cut into quarters.
  3. 1 ear of sweet corn for each.
  4. Assorted seafood. Clams, mussels, crab, lobster, shrimp, etc. Probably not fish.
  5. Beer or water for steaming and seasoning.  Old Bay Seasoning is easy to find and terrific for steaming seafood.

Prep is easy.

  1. Potatoes on the bottom.
  2. Dust each layer liberally with seasoning.
  3. Dump in the other seafood, but hold out the shrimp and corn for now.
  4. Add 2-3 cups liquid for steaming.
  5. Cover and set on medium high heat.
  6. When you see steam leaking out from under the lid, set the timer for 10 minutes.
  7. After 10 minutes put in the corn, also seasoned.
  8. Five minutes later dump in the shrimp, seasoned as well.

That’s it. Don’t let the shrimp steam more than 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and dump out everything into a big bowl (you might require two or more bowls). Serve with crusty french bread to soak up some of the steaming broth.


Trust me. This is a great family meal or wonderful for an informal party.

Recipe Time: Seafood Steamer Pot by Randy Murray, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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