4+ Tips for the Perfect Swamp Bucket Boil

Tips for the perfect seafood boil with a Swamp Bucket: Add ingredients in order, season the water, include citrus, and let ingredients soak post-boiling.

swamp bucket boil 4+ Tips for the Perfect Swamp Bucket Boil

Seafood boils are a key celebration of spring and summer get-togethers. They’re the best way to unite a crowd of people around a paper-covered table to feast on the best of the season’s crustaceans.

While seafood boils usually require heavy outdoor stoves fueled by propane gas tanks, the swamp bucket is a revolutionary new tool to streamline your next seafood boil. 

The Swamp Bucket boiler is a BPA-free plastic bucket with a built-in electric boiler and drainage system for an easy, hands-off seafood boil. Read on to explore four tips for the perfect swamp bucket boil. 

While the Swamp Bucket offers a fool-proof mechanism for making the perfect seafood boil, below we have a few extra tips to take your swamp bucket boil to the next level.

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1. Add Ingredients in Order of Cooking Time

Swamp Bucket Seafood Boiler With Black or Red Lid (Lid Color Will Vary Depending on Inventory Supply) White & Red

For a typical seafood boil, ingredients include potatoes, corn, and your choice of crustacean. Potatoes take longer to cook than corn and seafood, so you’ll want to place the potatoes in the boiling bucket 5 minutes before the rest of the ingredients. 

If you place everything in the boiler at once, you’ll either get mushy seafood and corn or undercooked potatoes.

2. Add Your Favorite Seasoning

Seasoning is key to flavorful food, and even more so with boiled dishes. Instead of seasoning cooked seafood and potatoes fresh out of the boiler, you should add a hefty amount of seasoning to the water before bringing it to a boil and adding the other ingredients.

The seasoned water becomes a broth that infuses seafood and veggies with flavor.

3. Add Citrus to Seafood Boils

Citrus is a vital flavoring agent for all kinds of seafood. Everything from fileted fish to lobster dinners comes bathed in lemon butter for a reason.

 If you want to add that perfect complementary citrus flavor to your seafood boil, add citrus juice and a bit of zest to the swamp bucket when you add your seasoning. Lemon, lime, and orange are all great options.

4. Let Ingredients Soak in Their Juices After Boiling

Stews and soups get better with time. Meats and fish are more flavorful after sitting in a marinade. Such is the logic behind letting your seafood sit in their boiling liquid for a good 15 minutes after you unplug the swamp bucket.

By sitting in the seasoned broth, all ingredients have time to soak up all that flavorful seasoning.


Here are a few frequently asked questions to further your understanding of Swamp Buckets. 

What can you boil in a swamp bucket?

You can boil anything you’d like in a swamp bucket. While the Swamp Bucket brand advertises its primary use as a seafood cooker for crawfish, shrimp, crab, and other crustaceans, it is a large boiler that will cook numerous dishes. 

Customers have reported boiling greens, slow-cooking pork, and boiling peanuts in the swamp bucket.  

How to make a swamp bucket cooker?

If you like DIY projects, making a swamp bucket yourself is an easy and economical task. You can find all the components at your local hardware store, including a 20-quart bucket, a water-tight conduit hub, spare cords, and a 150-volt water heater.

To assemble:

  1. Cut a hole in the bucket an inch from the bottom for the heating element to fit snugly in.
  2. Thread the conduit hub through the water heater
  3. Place the heater inside the bucket, securing it with a bolt
  4. Connect cords to the heating element for plugging into the wall.

How does a swamp bucket cooker work?

Swamp Bucket Seafood Boiler With Black or Red Lid (Lid Color Will Vary Depending on Inventory Supply) White & Red

A Swamp Bucket is the easiest way to boil seafood, potatoes, and corn for your next seafood boil. By following these directions, you’ll have perfectly cooked and seasoned seafood in under 30 minutes:

  1. Fill the bucket to at least the minimum level watermark.
  2. Season the water with your favorite seasoning
  3. Plug the bucket into a power outlet and bring it to a boil
  4. Add desired seafood and place top on the bucket
  5. Boil for 2-3 minutes
  6. Turn off and let soak for a minimum of 12 minutes.
  7. Drain water through holes in the lid

How long does it take a swamp bucket to boil?

The swamp bucket takes about 15 minutes to begin boiling once you add water and plug it in. After the boil, you can use the lid’s small holes to drain the water. Carefully unscrew the lid and pour out your seafood to enjoy. Cleaning up is also simple.

How long to soak crawfish after boiling?

The crawfish should be soaked for 20 – 30 minutes after boiling in order to infuse them with spiciness. You can tell they are absorbing the spices when they start to drop in the water. However, be careful not to soak them for too long as they may become mushy. Once done, simply dump the crawfish and fixins onto a table and invite your friends and family to gather around!

How do you use a swamp bucket steamer?

The way to use a swamp bucket steamer is by adding water and seasoning to the Swamp Bucket, plugging it in, and then placing your seafood/meat/veggie in our Swamp Steamer that fits perfectly on top of the Swamp Bucket. You can steam the food until it is cooked to your liking. The Swamp Steamer includes a steamer bucket and lid.

How do you boil peanuts in a swamp bucket?

To boil peanuts in a swamp bucket, you can follow these steps: First, fill the swamp bucket with water and bring it to a boil. Then, add 1lb of dry peanuts and top off the water. Bring it back to a boil and let it cook for approximately 4 hours, or until the peanuts reach the desired texture.

How much crawfish can you boil in a swamp bucket?

You can boil up to 10 or so pounds of crawfish, shrimp, or snow crabs, or 2-3 dozen crabs with all your fixings in The Original Swamp Bucket Seafood Boiler designed for small batches of seafood.

Are swamp buckets safe?

Swamp buckets are safe as they are made of HDPE or High Density Polyethylene Plastic, which has a remarkable temperature range. It is considered safe for short periods up to 248°F (120°C) or long periods up to 230°F (110°C). Since boiling water never exceeds 100°C, it can be concluded that anything boiling and below is safe for a food grade bucket.

What happens if you boil crawfish too long?

If you boil crawfish for too long, they will become mushy and unappetizing. Conversely, if you don’t boil them for a sufficient amount of time, they will be tough and chewy. To ensure proper cooking, periodically open one up to assess its texture.

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