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Shrimp Boil

An easy shrimp boil recipe with shrimp, sweet corn, spicy andouille, and red potatoes. It’s great for a crowd! 

Also known as a Low-Country Boil, this Shrimp Boil is one of our favorites! It comes together quickly, you can adjust it to add in anything that you like (and leave out what you don’t) And, at least the shrimp and corn, you get to eat with your hands. Which means that it is a winner with the kiddos.

An easy shrimp boil recipe with shrimp, sweet corn, spicy andouille, and red potatoes. It's great for a crowd! 

What ingredients do you need for a shrimp boil?

This is what you need for a shrimp boil:

  • Shrimp: Obviously a big part of a shrimp boil is the shrimp. I like to use bigger shrimp. Medium to medium large size will do. I also prefer to leave the shrimp peel on since the shrimp are boiled. However, you’ll still want to devein them. My favorite short cut is to have the fish monger at the grocery store do it for you, or simply buy the frozen EZ PEEL shrimp.

Easy Peel Shrimp in a bowl for Low Country Boil

  • Sausage: For this recipe I use a spicy andouille sausage. It’s a traditional cajun sausage that has a bit of a kick. You could also use kielbasa or another smoked sausage.
  • Corn: Corn on the cob is a MUST in any Low Country Boil. Use the fresh stuff though. Frozen isn’t the best.

An easy shrimp boil recipe with shrimp, sweet corn, spicy andouille, and red potatoes. It's great for a crowd! 

  • Potatoes: Traditionally red potatoes are used and I prefer them for this recipe. If you can find the marble sized potatoes use those, if not simply use regular red potatoes and cut them into halves or quarters.
  • Onion and Garlic: You don’t have to use onion but I like the addition of the onion flavor so I use it in all of my shrimp boils. I also throw in some garlic, because garlic.
  • Seasoning: A crab boil or seafood seasoning like Old Bay is what I always use. If you want to make it a little spicier, a cajun seasoning blend would be great too. I also like to toss in a couple bay leaves.

Seasonings for a Classic Low Country Boil 

  • Lemons: Pretty much any seafood benefits from lemon and a shrimp boil is no different. Throw some in the boil and leave some on the table so that people can add more if they like

How do you make a Low Country Boil?

One of the great things about a low country boil is that it is all done in one large stock pot. The order that you cook the ingredients in is the trickiest part. You want to add the ingredients that take the longest to the boil first. The potatoes, onion and corn will take longer than the shrimp.

How to make a Low Country Boil

Shrimp only takes 2 – 3 minutes before it is cooked. If you go much over that then it will be tough and over done. The sausage is already cooked so I like to add it with the shrimp just so that it has a chance to warm up.

Once everything has cooked, use a slotted spoon to remove everything from the boil and transfer it to a platter.

An easy shrimp boil recipe with shrimp, sweet corn, spicy andouille, and red potatoes. It's great for a crowd! 

I like to save some of the broth to dunk some bread in!

What do you serve with a Shrimp Boil?

That is the great thing about a shrimp boil, its all in the boil! The protein, the carbs, the veggies, it’s all there! I do also like to serve a green salad on the side and some crusty french bread.

An easy shrimp boil recipe with shrimp, sweet corn, spicy andouille, and red potatoes. It's great for a crowd! 

And don’t forget the cocktail sauce and melted butter!

Some of my other favorite Shrimp Recipes:

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sour Cream

Cajun Popcorn Shrimp

 

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Shrimp Boil Recipe

Serves 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 9 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 4 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 2 - 3 bay leaves
  • 6 medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 3 - 4 ears of corn cut in half
  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined
  • 12 ounces andouille sausage, sliced

Instructions

1

Combine water, Old Bay Seasoning, onion, garlic, lemon and bay leaves together in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.

2

Add in potatoes and cook for 8 - 10 minutes or until fork tender.

3

Add in corn, cook an additional 3 minutes.

4

Add in shrimp and sausage. Cook just until the shrimp is opaque and the sausage is warmed through, about 3 minutes.

5

Use a slotted spoon to transfer shrimp, sausage and veggies to a platter. Serve with butter and cocktail sauce for dipping.

Notes

Nutrition facts not guaranteed.

Nutrition information

Calories: 491 , Total Fat: 16.8g , Saturated Fat: 5.7g , Cholesterol: 140mg , Sodium: 3384g , Carbohydrates: 57.2g , Fiber: 6.9g , Sugar: 6.4g , Protein: 32.2g

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    Sandra | A Dash of Sanity
    February 2, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    My husband will surely love this!! Can’t wait to give it a try!

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    Toni
    January 31, 2020 at 3:44 am

    This is awesome! I love how easy this is to make!

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    Beth
    January 30, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    So delicious and easy to make! A crowd please around our house!

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    Sara Welch
    January 29, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Love a good seafood boil! This has me dreaming of summer; always enjoy a good seafood dish!

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    Katerina @ diethood .com
    January 29, 2020 at 4:55 am

    I can’t wait to try this!! It looks and sounds absolutely delicious!!

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    Chrissie Baker
    January 29, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Thanks for all the tips and tricks for the perfect shrimp boil! It’s such a fun summer meal.

  • Reply
    Catalina
    January 29, 2020 at 2:30 am

    A great dinner idea for dinner tonight! My family will love it for sure!

  • Reply
    Dorothy Reinhold
    January 28, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    This would make such fun Super Bowl party food! I can’t wait to dig in.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    January 28, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I absolutely love this my family cant get enough of this recipe!

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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