So, we went to the Outer Banks when the kids were little and saw all of these take and make seafood boils. They were pre-made in a big steam pot that you could take home and put on the stove and have fresh seafood. For one reason or another (mostly because I couldn't really stand the sound of the live lobsters clinking around in the pot...), we didn't do that there. The other day, I mixed up my own little steam pot. I think it turned out pretty good. No butter involved! Unless you put some on the potatoes.
Cyndi's Steam Pot:
8+ baby new red potatoes (enough for your family/to cover the bottom of the pot)
1-2 pounds kielbasa sausage, or sausage of your choice, cut into thick slices
1 large onion, cut into wedges
enough ears of corn for your family
water to fully cover the potatoes plus a little bit more
2-3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
2 or so pounds of uncooked shrimp
crab legs or claws (optional)
Put the potatoes in the bottom of large pot, then onion wedges, and cover with water plus a bit. Add sausage and Old bay seasoning, then give it a stir. Top with ears of corn. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Place shrimp and crab in pot and cover, steaming until shrimp are cooked. Drain and, if you want to do it the southern way, dump it all out on the table covered with newspaper and dig in! Otherwise you can dump it all on a platter and serve.