These 10 essentials for a New England seafood feast are the cooking and serving tools we find helpful when indulging your seafood craving by keeping things simple and stylish.

A white rectangular serving platter.

A platter that looks even prettier empty

This platter has a rather nautical-inspired air about it and capably handles piles of all things seafood, from lobster rolls to lobster tails. Even when it’s been emptied, there’s no problem if it lingers on the table when it looks as understatedly elegant as this.

BuyVietri Lastra Handled Rectangular Serving Platter, $137 on

A white mesh clam bake boiling bag.

Nothing will slip through this net

This reusable shellfish boiling bag is indispensable for steaming all sorts of seafood—clams, crabs, oysters, crawfish, and shrimp. Fill it up, tie it closed, toss it in a pot, and steam or boil your catch until ready. Then tidily pull out the bag without having to frustratingly swish around in deep waters for that last stray shell. Especially essential for any sort of stovetop clambake.

BuyCM 16″ Clam Bake, Seafood, Shellfish Boiling Bags, 10-count, $11 on

A container of Baleine fine sea salt.

Forget salt of the earth

Salt of the sea is where it’s at. Especially when it comes to creating a saline bath for clams before cooking to purge them of any sand. But we don’t use our priciest Celtic sea salt. La Baleine is our go-to brand when we want to buy in bulk yet still have something sufficiently refined for most kitchen endeavors.

BuyLa Baleine French Fine Sea Salt, $12 for a pack of 2 on

A stainless steel 16-quart stockpot.

Everything that’s fit to boil will fit in here

Most anything you pull from the sea needs to be cooked in—you guessed it—more water. This stockpot can handle a heaping pile of any sort of shellfish you’re craving. And imagine the stock you can make after all those shells have been pillaged, which means your summer splurge can live on in your freezer to later enhance anything from seafood gumbo to shrimp risotto.

BuyAll-Clad 16-quart Stockpot, $200 on

A 6-pack of split-top lobster rolls.

The only buns we allow to be manhandled

Finally, nationwide access to New England-style split-top buns, even for those of us in land-locked states. These split-top babies contain ample lobster chunks or seafood salad (or, heck, hot dogs with the works) without spilling all over the place. We’re imagining a lobster roll in one hand and, well, another lobster roll in the other.

BuyNew England Split Top Lobster Rolls, $10 for 6 on

A blue Yeti cooler with wheels.

The niftiest way to keep your cool

The only snag with summer is that it gets hot—sometimes oppressively hot, especially for whatever you need to be kept chilled, whether you’re at the beach or in the backyard. This cooler with sturdy wheels, rugged construction, and enough room for all the essentials (and then some) is the answer. And you can put it to use again come tailgating season.

BuyTundra Haul Hard Cooler, $400 by Yeti

An 8-piece Sur La Table seafood tool set.

Forget fussy finger bowls or moist towelettes

The romance inherent in a seafood repast doesn’t need to be diminished by grappling with shards of shells. This set of simple yet refined shellfish crackers and forks lets you make the most of those freshly caught beauties without worrying about your wooing game.

Buy8 Piece Seafood Tool Set, $20 on

A 300-ft roll of crab table cover.

A table covering that withstands butter and wraps up the afterparty

We suspect 300 feet of crab-patterned paper will see you through an entire summer of crab boils and hands-on picking—or, as they say in the Northeast, shucking. Simply dump your steamed crabs on the table and let everyone have at it. It’s messy work. But this enormous roll has you—and your table—covered. Save any extra for next summer or holiday gift wrap for your fave seafood lover.

BuyN.F. String & Son Inc. Crab Print Paper Table Cover, 300 feet, $33 on

A ceramic clamshell bowl.

To shell with your seafood salad

This stylish clamshell bowl in a mesmerizing shade of blue and green could only be made more enticing by adorning it with a chilled seafood salad of some sort. Almost, though not quite, as mesmerizing as watching the actual waves.

BuyTahitian Clamshell 17.5″ Bowl, $250 on

Two blue and white Laguna small bowls.

Drawn butter will certainly be drawn to these

These enameled bowls may, at first glance, seem far too diminutive for the amount of drawn butter you intend to slather on your freshly caught lobster. But fear not, they come in a set of two. One for you and a second for everybody else.

BuySet of 2 Laguna Small Bowls, $27 on

All products featured on Leite’s Culinaria are independently selected by our staff.

About Jenny Latreille

Growing up in Northern Ontario, Jenny was always curious about the food that wasn’t available in her small hometown. As the city expanded, so did her desire to taste everything and learn all she could about cultures around the world. 40-something years later, she’s amassed an enormous collection of spices and recipes for making many regional cuisines. This hunger for cultural knowledge also led to an education in literature and linguistics, with a Master’s Degree in Globalization and Culture. She lives in an indoor urban jungle with a pack of cats known as The Adorables.

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  1. Nice article. Yes to the Baleine Sea Salt! We discovered it in the pantry of a home we were renting in L’isle Sur la Sorgue. (But over there it has iodine and it’s less than $2 🙂 Delicious with farm fresh eggs. I went to the market and brought it back to the States. Found it in local supermarkets here, just look at the lower shelves to find.