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What To Do With Leftover Seafood Boil

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If you haven’t made seafood boil yourself yet, you are missing out! This is an incredibly flavorful and easy-to-make dish that is packed with loads of nutrients.

Unfortunately, this is one of those dishes where you always have a ton of leftovers. It is very difficult to make just enough for a specific number of people.

So, what can you do with a leftover seafood boil? We recommend turning it into a completely different dish! The ones that work the best are paella, pasta, stew, chowder, and casseroles. Any seafood dish that usually is made with broth and mixed seafood will work perfectly fine.

Today, we will look at the above-mentioned options and explain in-depth how you can create them. They are all relatively easy to do and extremely versatile!

What Is A Seafood Boil?

A seafood boil is a delicious and flavor-packed dish made from a variety of seafood ingredients. This can be any combination of the following: shrimp or prawns, mussels, lobster, crab, crawfish, and clams.

A seafood boil doesn’t (usually) include pieces of fish, squid, or snails. But, some people like adding these too.

Along with these, the boil also often includes potatoes, corn, mushrooms, and a ton of garlic. All of these ingredients are boiled together for a while in a savory seasoned broth.

To serve this dish, you can drizzle over some fresh lemon juice and serve it with parsley and garlic bread.

Now, the biggest downside to making this dish is that there are always leftovers. And more often than not, it’s a lot!

Of course, you can simply store the leftover seafood boil in the fridge. You can even freeze it for a couple of months. But to be completely honest, no one loves eating the same meal for multiple days.

So, is there a way to change things up? Instead of just reheating seafood boil, can you incorporate the leftover seafood in a different recipe?

Luckily, today we have created a list of incredibly unique and creative ideas you can use to finish your leftover seafood boil. 

What To Do With Leftover Seafood Boil — Recipe Ideas

The list we have provided below are all great ways to use leftover seafood boil. However, some may be more appealing to you than others.

All of the recipes are also relatively quick and you don’t necessarily need a bunch of extra ingredients to make them.

One thing that is essential before using the leftovers is to check if they are still good. Seafood is especially risky to eat the next day — if you haven’t cooled and stored it under perfect conditions, you might get food poisoning!

You can have a look at the end of the article on how we always check whether or not cooked seafood is still fine to use the next day.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some tasty ways you can reinvent leftover seafood boil!

1. Paella

Top down view of delicious Spanish seafood paella: mussels, king prawns, langoustine, haddock.

Paella is usually our go-to dish when we have leftover seafood. This is a world-famous Spanish dish made with rice, white wine, broth, and a mix of different kinds of seafood.  

This delicious dish will also often contain vegetables like corn, peas, and carrots. It also contains a variety of fresh herbs and very few spices.

As you can see, paella is essentially a seafood boil minus the rice. And that’s exactly why it works so well as a way to reuse leftover seafood boil!

How To Make Seafood Boil Paella

Now, you already have the cooked seafood part of this dish. And depending on how much liquid the boil has, you may even have the broth part too!

The only additional ingredients you will need to have is rice and dry white wine. The wine is optional, but we highly recommend adding some if you can.

So, how can you make a seafood boil paella? First, you can use some of the leftover broth to cook the rice over low heat. Once the rice is nearly cooked, you can add your seafood ingredients so they can slowly reheat.

If you want to alter the flavor of the dish, do so when you add the seafood. You can add white wine, more parsley, more quick-cooking vegetables, or additional meats. Chorizo is very common in seafood paella!

2. Chowder

Next up, you can make a delicious seafood chowder using the leftover boil. This dish is very similar to a seafood stew or soup.

The main difference between them is that chowder contains milk or cream and has a much thicker consistency — this consistency is created by adding crushed saltines or oyster crackers, another key element that makes a chowder unique.

To make a seafood boil chowder, you need to create a chowder base. It can be cream-based, but many people also made it broth-based (with a cream garnish). 

How To Make Seafood Boil Chowder

All you need to create for this dish is the base. To make this base you need a roux and some leftover broth from the boil.

To start, melt some butter in a pot. Once melted, take the pot off the heat and whisk in the flour. Then, slowly whisk in the leftover heated broth in a thin stream. Eventually, you will have a completely smooth and lump-free liquid. 

Return the broth to the heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and leave the broth to simmer until it has thickened completely.

If you aren’t quite happy with the consistency, you can add cream, milk, yogurt, or coconut milk. Whisk it in very well to create a uniform base. Adjust the seasoning if needed. And finally, add your seafood to slowly reheat inside the chowder.

You can serve it with biscuits or a salad if you’d like to, but it isn’t necessary. 

3. Pasta

Next up, you can create a super creamy garlic seafood boil pasta. It’s just as easy as the above-mentioned options! For seafood pasta, we recommend using strands of pasta or a shape that can hold a ton of sauce. 

There are also a couple of options you can create with entirely different flavor profiles. Two of the most common examples are tomato-based seafood pasta and cream-based seafood pasta.

You can also add additional ingredients to these dishes, but we recommend keeping it simple. Add mushrooms and herbs at the most. After all, you still want to experience the delicious flavors of the seafood!

How To Make Seafood Boil Pasta

You can buy pre-made pasta sauces, but we like making ours from scratch. Again, choose between tomato- or cream-based pasta.

In our opinion, making a bechamel sauce (cream-based paste sauce) is the safest way to go. You can also use some of the broth in the sauce to add some savory flavors. And don’t forget the garlic!

Once your sauce is made, you can simply reheat the seafood boil inside it and serve it immediately. Cook the paste separately and stir it in afterward, or serve it separately.

4. Baked Casserole

If you don’t want to put a lot of effort into making an entirely new dish with the seafood boil, you can always make a baked casserole.

Yes, you can use semi-elaborate recipes, but it can also be as simple as adding a crunchy cheesy topping and baking it for a couple of minutes. It’s really up to you!

We don’t have a specific recipe or “how to” section for making a baked leftover seafood boil casserole because the concept is far too simple. And that’s why we love it!

5. Stew

A hearty bowl of rustic mediterranean seafood stew with lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops, and white fish.

Last but certainly not least on our list, you can turn your boil into a stew. But, what’s the difference between a boil and a stew? 

You won’t find a definitive difference between them — however, we would say the main variation between the two is that a seafood stew is much heartier and less broth-like. 

Generally, seafood stews have a tomato base and contain a bunch of hearty vegetables. It is also more seasoned with herbs, aromatics, and spices as compared to a boil.

A seafood boil is usually only cooked in a broth, whereas a stew is cooked in flavoring ingredients and a broth.

How To Make Seafood Boil Stew

Essentially, to turn a seafood boil into a stew, you only need to create a base. To do this you can fry some onions, garlic, celery, and carrots in a pot. Then, add some crushed canned tomatoes.

Cook the mixture for a while until the tomatoes are completely disintegrated. Once your base is ready, just add the seafood boil (with the leftover broth) and allow the seafood to heat inside the tomato base.

Related Questions

Now that we’ve discussed different types of dishes you can make with leftover seafood boil, here are some additional questions we thought you might have.

Can you store leftover seafood boil as-is?

If you’d like, you can store leftover seafood boil without changing it in any way. Just remember to keep it in an airtight container inside the fridge. It should be eaten the next day for safety.

How do you know if cooked seafood is still fine to eat?

After your seafood has been cooked, it should still be fine after 3 days. But for safety, you should always try to eat it the next day. To test if the seafood boil is still fine to eat, look at its texture and give it a whiff. 

If the consistency of the dish is slimy, looks separated, or has discoloration on its surface, discard it safely. And, as with all food, if it smells funny, it usually is funny.

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