Crab Boil in a Bag

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Are you in the mood for a crab boil, but not in the mood to drag out your giant pot? This crab boil in a bag recipe eliminates the need for a giant pot, making seafood boils easy and delicious! Not to mention the fact that when it’s done, you’ll not only have delicious crab to enjoy, but you’ll also have an amazing dipping sauce, with no added work! Cooking crab in a bag might seem crazy, but we promise the only thing crazy about it is how crazy good it is! 

Crab Boil in a Bag

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total: 35 minutes


  • one oven bag
  • 2 lbs of frozen Dungeness Crab
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 5 dashes of hot sauce
  • lemon juice to taste
  • 1 stick of butter


Preheat your oven to 425°.

Combine all of the above ingredients inside of the oven bag (remember that ingredient amounts can be adjusted to accommodate for more or less seafood). Once ingredients are combined, tie the top of the bag closed and place on a baking sheet.

When the oven has reached temperature, bake your crab boil in a bag for 15 minutes. Once it has baked for 15 minutes, remove it from the oven and shake the bag around (gently so you don’t break the bag), and then bake for an additional 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the bag once more and gently shake a final time. Bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove your crab boil in a bag from the oven. Cut the corner of the bag with a pair of scissors and drain the butter sauce into a small dipping bowl. Untie the bag and remove the crab from the bag, placing on a serving dish.

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