Summer is so close I can taste it. I may not get summer vacations like I used to (those were the days, AMIRIGHT), but I always try to find a weekend or two when I can sneak away to the beach. The sun, the sand, the warm breezes, the SEAFOOD...I mean really, can you hit the beach and not attempt to cram seafood into every meal? I most definitely cannot. You can load so much seafood into one day: shrimp and grits for breakfast, crab cakes for lunch, an oyster roast for dinner. The options are endless. Sometimes life gets in the way and you can't jet off and escape to the beach. Even if you can't put your toes in the sand you can open some windows, put on some beach music, and steam up some seafood. You may not have the sunburn and sunsets but a great batch of steamed seafood will still satisfy even the hungriest of stomachs.
Be sure to invite friends and family over before you start to boil the water. This recipe is easy to multiply if you have a crowd of people to feed. Tell everyone to bring their favorite summer cookout side and you will have an instant potluck dinner. My favorite sides for a good summer boil are grilled corn, tomato and cucumber salad, pasta salad and fresh fruit.
This recipe is so easy. All you need is seafood (I chose shrimp and oysters), water and Well Seasoned Table Seafood Seasoning. Be sure to have lemons, melted butter, hot sauce and cocktail sauce handy for dipping. Oh, and paper towels. Make sure you have plenty of napkins and paper towels on standby as this dish is as messy as it is delicious.
- a pound or 2 of shrimp (I used frozen that still had tails and shells)
- a peck of oysters
- 4-5 Tablespoons of Well Seasoned Table Seafood Seasoning
- 2 big pots with lids
- 1 steamer basket
- lemon wedges, hot sauce, cocktail sauce, melted butter as needed
- Clean oysters. Scrub liberally with a brush.
- Fill bottom of both pots with water add several tablespoons of WST Seafood Seasoning to both pots. Bring to a boil. Add steamer basket to one pot.
- Add oysters to pot without steamer basket. Stir to coat with WST Seafood Seasoning. Cover and steam until shells open (about 5-10 mins).
- Add shrimp to pot with steamer basket. Sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons of WST Seafood Seasoning. Toss to coat evenly. Cover with lid and let steam until shrimp are pink (about 5-8 mins)
- Pull steamer basket of shrimp out of the pot and pour oysters into a strainer to drain.
- Serve and enjoy!