How To Reheat Seafood Boil


Seafood boil is a classic dish that gives a high quality or special occasion flair to any event. It can be prepared and served to a small group or even a large group of people. But knowing how to reheat seafood boil as well as proper storage can be valuable for producing high quality results after the dish has cooled.

We’ll give you our tried-and-true methods for what works well and what methods to avoid for reheating.

seafood boil to reheat
seafood boil to reheat

What is a Seafood Boil?

A seafood boil is much as the name indicates. It includes cooking seafood such as shrimp, crawfish, and other seafood like clams, lobster, crabs. You can also include potatoes, corn on the cob, all in a spicy broth.

Ingredients for your seafood boil can also vary based on the type of boil you’re making whether it be Louisiana seafood boil, a recipe with a Cajun flair, or an oven roasted seafood boil.

How Long is Seafood Good For?

Seafood can be a delicate thing. We typically recommend eating it right away as it doesn’t have a long shelf life.

And as far as leftovers are concerned, if stored properly we tend to take the conservative approach and give seafood a maximum of 24 hours of storage.

Where Did Seafood Boil Originate? 

Seafood boil originated in the Gulf Coast region of United States, particularly in Louisiana. And over time it has become a popular dish throughout the country and around the world.

How to Make a Seafood Boil?

Following are our step-by-step instructions for how to make seafood boil. You’ll want to allow about 2 hours to prepare the dish and allow it to cook, before it’s ready to be served.

1. Cut potatoes and corn. First, prepare your potatoes and corn by washing the potatoes and cutting them in half or quarters if desired. We recommend storing the potatoes in cold water while you’re working on the remaining ingredients, so they don’t turn brown.

Then, prepare the corn on the cob by husking the corn and removing any corn silk. You might prefer to break the corn cobs in half to make them more manageable as it all boils.

2. Clean shellfish. Next, clean any shellfish and remove any unwanted portions.

3. Make spicy broth. The part of the dish that gives the seafood the flavor is the spicy broth.

You’ll want to mix water with seasonings such as lemon, salt, Chile pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, thyme, basil, oregano, paprika, and onion powder, or you can purchase a bottle of prepared liquid shrimp and crab boil seasoning to simplify things. Set the broth aside.

4. Melt butter. In a large pot, melt some butter to begin creating the base of your boil. This will serve as the beginnings of the broth.

5. Sauté onion. Dice onion into desired sized pieces, add it to the melted butter in the pot, and sauté it until it’s translucent.

6. Add water and seasonings. As you begin to build your boil, the next step is to add water and seasonings. Perhaps you’re using your own seasoning mixture or if you’ve chosen to buy a mixture that’s already prepared, this is where you’ll add those to the pot.

7. Then add shellfish, potatoes, corn. The final step is to add in your prepared shellfish, potatoes, and corn. Bring it to a boil and allow it to cook until the seafood is completely done.

seafood boil
seafood boil

How To Store a Seafood Boil

When storing leftover seafood boil, you’ll want to be extra careful because seafood spoils easily. For example, if one meat spoils, the whole pot could potentially spoil.

We recommend storing your leftovers covered or sealed in an airtight container in a boil bag, or casserole baking dish.

Refrigerator. Leftovers can be stored up to 1-2 days in the refrigerator at 40F degrees in ideal conditions.

However, we recommend it’s best to consume any leftovers in 24 hours for food safety reasons because of the delicacy of seafood.

Freezer. If you’re looking at needing a potential longer shelf life for your leftovers, freezing them is also an option.  

Leftovers can potentially be frozen in an airtight container or zipped freezer bag for up to 2-3 months. But it’s best to consume them within 1 month for the highest quality experience.

seafood boil in white bowl
seafood boil in white bowl

What Side Dish Goes with Seafood Boil?

There are several side dishes that go well with a seafood boil, but sometimes a little inspiration is needed. Here are some of our best recipes for serving alongside your delicious Louisiana style food.

Potato salad



Brussels sprouts

Baked beans

Why Do We Need to Reheat Seafood Boil?

There are a few reasons why you might want to reheat seafood boil after it’s originally cooked. Perhaps you’ve served this delicious dish to a group of people and there are leftovers for the next day. Reheating it to serve it warm makes it more delicious.

Another reason you might need to reheat seafood boil is if for some reason it has to be made in advance. Maybe there is a time constraint before guests arrive and attention needs to be given elsewhere. Knowing how to effectively reheat your seafood boil can be valuable.

How to Reheat a Seafood Boil?

Following are some step-by-step instructions as well as different methods to choose from to reheat your seafood boil.

seafood boil in bowl
seafood boil in bowl

Tips for Getting the Best Results from Your Reheated Seafood Boil

Use these tips and tricks for achieving the best success for reheating your seafood.

Add liquid. You’ll want to add a bit of liquid to the mixture if the liquid has been drained. This will help to keep the moisture nice and moist.

Reheat only as much as needed. As with most any dish, it’s best to reheat only the portion of food that’s needed. This is true because reheating it over and over doesn’t do the quality any favors. 

Heat at a low temp. We recommend reheating the food at a low temperature. This will help to maintain its quality and keep it from drying out.

Heat with lid. If you reheat the dish using a lid, it helps to keep the moisture in so that it doesn’t dry out. We have found using a lid to be quite effective.

Don’t overcook. Be careful not to overcook your seafood boil when reheating it. If overcooked, it can become undesirable.

Ways to Reheat Your Seafood Boil

Following are 5 ways that you can potentially reheat your seafood boil. Four of them are recommended and the last one, using the microwave, is available in a pinch.

How to Reheat Seafood Boil on Stovetop

Reheating seafood boil on the stovetop is likely the most popular method for reheating with the best quality results.

To use this method, heat a pot of boiling water, then add seafood and seasoning until heated through. This makes the assumption that your seafood has been fully cooked previously. 

How to Reheat Seafood Boil in a Pan

To reheat seafood boil in a pan, simply add oil to the pan on stovetop, heat on low, and cover with a lid, then heat until warmed through.

How Reheat Seafood Boil in Oven

Reheating seafood boil in the oven can be a no fuss hands off method. You can reheat the mixture in an oven safe baking dish with the oven at 350F degrees.

For how to reheat seafood boil in the oven, put the ingredients in a baking dish, add a bit of water for moisture, cover, and bake for 10 minutes or until warmed through.

How to Reheat Seafood Boil in a Bag

To reheat seafood boil in a bag, place the seafood in boil bag, then seal and put in a pot of boiling water.  

Boil for about 10-15 minutes until heated through. Remove the bag and let cool slightly before serving.

How to Reheat Seafood Boil in Air Fryer

Reheating in the air fryer will tend to provide more crispy results as you might expect. Preheat your air fryer to 350F degrees, if required.

Then add a single layer of contents and heat for about 3-5 minutes, or until warmed through.

How to Reheat Seafood Boil in the Microwave

For how to reheat seafood boil without bag, this final method of using the microwave to reheat should be reserved for when there are no other options, in our opinion.

Any meat that is cooked or reheated using the microwave tends to be compromised in quality.

For how to reheat seafood boil in microwave, use a microwave safe dish. Add the contents and cover the dish and microwave for about 2 minutes on high or until warmed through.

Reheat the seafood boil… Will, it still be delicious?

You might be wondering, if I reheat the dish after it’s already been cooked, will it still be good? We tend to think that when any dish is cooked fresh it tastes the best.

However, these tried and true methods above for reheating seafood boil will also give you tasty results.

Seafood Boil Dipping Sauce

Seafood boil dipping sauce gives some added flavor to your dish. And sometimes it’s just plain. Delicious to have something to dip into.

There are two main styles of dipping sauce. You can buy a pre-made version at the grocery store in the condiments section. Or you might choose to make a homemade recipe.

For homemade dipping sauce:
1 cup melted butter
½ sautéed onion
3 tbsp sautéed garlic minced
2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
½ tsp chili powder
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp paprika
¼ cup olive oil

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are frequently asked questions for how to reheat seafood boil. If you have a question that’s not answered here, please drop it in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to answer it.

How much does a seafood boil cost?

The cost of making a seafood boil can vary according to the ingredients used. Obviously, some seafood can be more costly than other seafood options. So, choose seafood that fits within your budget and price it out before buying it.

How many calories in a seafood boil? 

The calories in a seafood boil will range according to the ingredients used. And we estimate that a single serving of seafood boil will range from 300 to 500 calories per serving.

Can you use any type of bag to reheat the seafood boil?

Using a boil bag is best to reheat seafood boil. Boil bags are specifically designed to safely boil food contents.

Should you re-boil a seafood boil to heat it?

If you’re referring to tossing all the ingredients back in a water-based solution to reheat it, we don’t recommend that. No, because it causes a loss of flavor and texture for the dish.

Can you heat a seafood boil in a pressure cooker? 

Yes, it’s possible to reheat your seafood boil in a pressure cooker, but you’ll want to be careful about how long it’s submerged under pressure.

How long can you keep seafood boil?

You can refrigerate it for up to 2 days. If you’re putting it straight into the refrigerator, it can be effective to cool it in an ice bath first. Or you can freeze it for up to 2 months.


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