Seafood boil offers a fun, tasty ways to prepare shrimp

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By Deanna Godman

Spencer County native and former resident James Allen Cox found his recipe for Farmer’s Seafood Boil at the Texas State Fair.

“I picked this up at the Texas State Fair over twenty years ago, and it has not failed me yet,” said Cox. “It is an easy one pot meal.”

Cox reads this paper online and decided to share one of his favorite recipes with his hometown.

The recipe was created by the Texas Extension Service.

“We fix the seafood boil whenever we want seafood,” said Cox. “It is also handy when you are rushed for time to prepare something for dinner.”

Cox recently returned from a family outing later than expected. He had everything available for Farmer’s Seafood Boil and was able to have dinner on the table in half an hour.
When his children come to visit, he is able to easily double the recipe. He recommends substituting andouille sausage if available, noting that Italian sausage is easily found.

Cox lives 20 miles south of Fort Worth in Texas. The town where he lives, Alvarado, is about one third the size of Taylorsville.

“We spend July and August in the mountains of Ruidoso, New Mexico, just to get away from the 100-degree-plus days in Texas,” said Cox.

Cox graduated in 1961 from Taylorsville High School. He enlisted in the Air Force, and settled in Fort Worth as an airline mechanic for Delta Airlines.

Cox is learning to cook Moroccan food in a tagine, a special pot with a conical lid. He is acquiring a taste for lamb, which is commonly used in Moroccan food. He also often uses his grill or smoker to make ribs and brisket, but the Farmer’s Seafood Boil is a favorite.

“It has become a favorite standby for me because it has never failed,” said Cox.

Farmer’s Seafood Boil

2 packages (3 ounces each) crab and shrimp boil
1/4 cup salt
3 ears corn, cut in thirds
3 russet potatoes, cut into chunks with skins on
4 onions, quartered
1 link pork or Italian sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 pounds shell-on, headless shrimp

Bring a gallon of water with the crab boil and salt to a boil. Add corn and boil for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and boil for 10 minutes. Add onions and sausage and boil for 5 minutes. Add shrimp. Cook 5 more minutes. Drain and serve. Serves 6.