Serves 6
1½ lbs (750 g) new potatoes, scrubbed
4 lemons, divided
2 garlic heads, cut in half lengthwise
1 onion, cut in half
¼ cup (60 ml) Old Bay, seafood or Cajun seasoning
1 lb (500 g) garlic, Mennonite or kielbasa sausage, cut into 1-in (2.5 cm) chunks
3 ears of corn, shucked and cut into thirds
2 crabs, have fish monger clean crabs, only using legs
1 lb (500 g) mussels, scrubbed and beards removed
1 lb (500 g) clams, scrubbed
1 lb (500 g) prawns, peeled and deveined
1 lb (500 g) butter, melted
¼ cup (60 ml) chopped parsley


  1. Fill a large stock pot with 12 cups (4 L) water, add potatoes, 2 lemons cut in half, garlic, onion and seasoning. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium. Taste and adjust seasoning. Water should taste like sea water. Boil until potatoes are almost tender, about 15 minutes. Add sausage, corn and crab legs. Cover and turn heat up to high and bring back to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and boil for 8 minutes.
  2. Turn heat back to high and add mussels, clams and prawns. Cover and let cook for an additional 5 to 8 minutes. Mussels and clams should be opened and prawns pink and opaque. Drain seafood and discard lemons, onions, garlic and any mussels and clams that haven’t opened. Place on prepared table or platters and serve with remaining lemons cut into wedges, melted butter and bread. Sprinkle parsley over everything.
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