Air Fryer Seafood Boil: A Flavor Explosion From Frozen!

I love a good seafood boil, but trying to gather all the ingredients together can be a pain. That’s why I was so excited to find out that many grocery stores are now offering frozen seafood boil packs! So of course, I had to make air fryer seafood boil and now it’s one of my favorite meals.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Skip the cost of going out and all the hard work of putting it together yourself, and grab a frozen seafood boil from your local grocery store! They’re all ready to go, filled with seafood, sausage, vegetables, seasoning, and even butter.

Of course, that’s not to say you couldn’t make your own, or even add additional ingredients or seasonings. However, this mix makes it easy enough for a weeknight dinner!

The air fryer preheats faster than the oven or boiling a pot on the stove, so you can enjoy dinner in only about 15 minutes! It’s also handy if you don’t happen to have an oven or stove available.

air fryer seafood boil shrimp on a fork

Serve with some lemon wedges, iced tea, and plenty of napkins!

What You’ll Need

frozen seafood boil in a bag
  • Frozen seafood boil, any brand
  • 4-5 Tbsp seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay (optional, most frozen boils come with seasoning)

Ingredient Notes and Tips

  • Any brand of seafood boil works just fine! I’ve got Tastee Choice which I’ve seen at a number of national grocery stores, but I know Aldi has their own Fremont Fish Market label option sometimes as well
  • This mix contains shrimp, mussels, corn, potatoes, and andouille sausage with a butter seasoning mix. Feel free to add other frozen seafoods like crab legs or lobster tail if you like, or spice it up with some Old Bay or other seafood seasoning!

How to Cook Frozen Seafood Boil in an Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  2. In a bowl, toss the seafood boil with about half of the butter seasoning (or 2-3 Tbsp your own seasoning of choice), making sure to coat everything thoroughly
mix frozen seafood boil with seasoning
  1. Place the boil into the preheated air fryer basket in as close to a single layer as possible
frozen seafood boil in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 10-15 minutes at 400°F, pausing every 5 minutes to stir or shake the basket
  2. Seafood boil is done when an internal temperature of 160°F is reached, and potatoes pierce easily with a fork
  3. Serve with lemon wedges, drawn butter, and top with additional seasoning if desired
overhead view of air fryer seafood boil on a plate

What to Serve With Seafood Boil

  • Garlic bread
  • Hush puppies
  • Mac and cheese
  • Deviled eggs
  • Biscuits
  • Coleslaw
  • Rice and beans
  • Cornbread
  • Green salad
  • Cucumber salad
  • Clam chowder
  • Hot crab dip
  • IPA beer
  • Riesling
  • Lemonade
  • Iced tea
  • Key lime pie
  • Strawberry shortcake
  • Beignets

There are so many great sides, drinks, and dessert options when it comes to what to serve with a seafood boil.

Serve your air fryer seafood boil with my easy recipe for Pillsbury Cornbread Swirls in the Air Fryer, quick Air Fryer Frozen Texas Toast, savory Frozen Hush Puppies in the Air Fryer, and finish with my Air Fryer Beignets With Biscuits or Air Fryer Strawberry Shortcake.

Recipe FAQs

Can You Put a Seafood Boil in the Air Fryer?

Yes, you can put a seafood boil in the air fryer. However, instead of using water to literally boil the food, you’ll want to apply seasoning directly to the meat and vegetables.

The air fryer works for both freshly prepared and frozen seafood boil options.

How Do You Reheat Seafood Boil in an Air Fryer?

Place leftover seafood boil in the air fryer and reheat for 7-10 minutes at 325°F. If the potatoes are large, cook them for 3 minutes or so on their own before adding the other items.

Make sure to stir or shake the basket a couple times throughout cooking to promote even reheating.

Can You Overcook a Seafood Boil?

You can overcook a seafood boil, which generally results in the seafood being a rubbery consistency.

Make sure to cook potatoes and raw sausage in advance of adding the seafood to line up cooking times for best results.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Note that these cooking times only work because the frozen mix comes with partially cooked wedge cut potatoes. If you are making a fresh seafood boil, the potatoes need to be cooked for about 15 minutes before adding the seafood to prevent overcooking
  • The frozen boil will give off a decent amount of water during cooking. If you have a toaster oven style air fryer, make sure your drip pan is in place. I otherwise recommend cleaning your baskets thoroughly before you cook so you can pour the seasoned broth over top of the seafood to serve
  • When checking the temperature, the sausage is the best thing to use as your testing point for doneness
  • My frozen seafood boil was perfect per an instant read thermometer after 13 minutes in a Ninja air fryer. Other air fryers may vary
closeup of air fryer seafood boil with mussels, shrimp, sausage, and corn

Storage and Reheating

  • Store any leftover seafood boil in the refrigerator and consume within 3 days. Do not refreeze once it has been cooked once
  • To reheat, air fry leftover seafood boil for 7-10 minutes at 325°F (if your potatoes are large, add them first for 3 or so minutes before adding the rest). Alternatively, you can also Reheat Seafood Boil in the Microwave

More Air Fryer Seafood Recipes to Try

  • Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi
  • Frozen Popcorn Shrimp in the Air Fryer

Final Thoughts

Air fryer seafood boil is the perfect way to prepare a veritable seafood feast! I love starting with the frozen seafood boil packet since it saves all the time with cleaning, cutting, and sometimes even finding ingredients.

Just toss it in the included seasonings for an easy yet delicious meal! Of course, you can add other seasonings and even some additional seafood if you want to dress it up and make it your own.

At under 15 minutes, it even makes for an easy weeknight dinner. I like to pair it with some garlic bread or hush puppies to complete the meal, but seafood boil goes with all sorts of classic comfort foods.

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Air Fryer Seafood Boil (From Frozen)

Make a delicious air fryer seafood boil in only about 15 minutes! Shrimp, mussels, corn, potatoes, and sausage cook up in flavorful seasoning for an easy weeknight meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Seafood
Servings 6
Calories 220 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 35 Ounces frozen seafood boil (any brand)
  • 4-5 Tbsp seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay (optional; most frozen boils come with seasoning)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F
  • In a bowl, toss the seafood boil with about half of the butter seasoning (or 2-3 Tbsp your own seasoning of choice), making sure to coat everything thoroughly
    35 Ounces frozen seafood boil, 4-5 Tbsp seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
  • Place the boil into the preheated air fryer basket in as close to a single layer as possible
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 10-15 minutes at 400°F, pausing every 5 minutes to stir or shake the basket
  • Seafood boil is done when an internal temperature of 160°F is reached, and potatoes pierce easily with a fork
  • Serve with lemon wedges, drawn butter, and top with additional seasoning if desired

Notes

  • Any brand of seafood boil works just fine! I’ve got Tastee Choice which I’ve seen at a number of national grocery stores, but I know Aldi has their own Fremont Fish Market label option sometimes as well
  • This mix contains shrimp, mussels, corn, potatoes, and andouille sausage with a butter seasoning mix. Feel free to add other frozen seafoods like crab legs or lobster tail if you like, or spice it up with some Old Bay or other seafood seasoning!
  • These cooking times only work because the frozen mix comes with partially cooked wedge cut potatoes. If you are making a fresh seafood boil, the potatoes need to be cooked for about 15 minutes before adding the seafood to prevent overcooking
  • The frozen boil will give off a decent amount of water during cooking. If you have a toaster oven style air fryer, make sure your drip pan is in place. I otherwise recommend cleaning your baskets thoroughly before you cook so you can pour the seasoned broth over top of the seafood to serve
  • When checking the temperature, the sausage is the best thing to use as your testing point for doneness
  • My frozen seafood boil was perfect per an instant read thermometer after 13 minutes in a Ninja air fryer. Other air fryers may vary
  • Store any leftover seafood boil in the refrigerator and consume within 3 days. Do not refreeze once it has been cooked once
  • To reheat, air fry leftover seafood boil for 7-10 minutes at 325°F (if your potatoes are large, add them first for 3 or so minutes before adding the rest), or microwave until heated through
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any seasonings, additional ingredients, or sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 132gCalories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 16gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 380mgPotassium: 344mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gCalcium: 36mgIron: 4mg
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Katie Vine