This Easy Shrimp Boil is the easiest and most delicious shrimp boil recipe, a one pan meal that’s mess-free. Try it for a weeknight dinner recipe whenever you feel like shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn.
Old Bay Shrimp Boil is another easy shrimp recipe my family loves for a quick and delicious weeknight meal. I made Shrimp Boil Foil Packets last summer for a party and it was a great hit. This recipe, in true Louisiana tradition, works well for large crowds with large pots.
Tips and Secrets for Making the Best Shrimp Boil
- Use the largest pot you have at home for this recipe.
- If you’re using frozen shrimp, be sure to thaw the shrimp before adding to the pot.
- Make this recipe with unpeeled shrimp, cutting along the back of each shrimp through the shell to remove the veins if desired. Then rinse the shrimp. See this guide on how to select shrimp.
- When adding shrimp to the pot, make sure to submerge them completely. Otherwise shrimp won’t be cooked evenly.
- Don’t overcook the shrimp! 3 or 4 minutes in the pot is sufficient, even if the water has not returned to a boil.
- After the shrimp is cooked, turn off the heat and let shrimp sit for 10 minutes to absorb the cajun flavors
- Use softened butter for faster melting when tossed with the shrimp, sausage and vegetables
How to Serve Shrimp Boil
Serve it on Newspaper – the Authentic Way: Cover your table with newspaper and spread shrimp, sausage and veggies onto the newspaper. Then eat it directly using your hands.
Serve it on Plate: Transfer the shrimp, sausage and veggies to a plate.
Serve it in a Bowl with broth: Transfer the shrimp, sausage and veggies to a bowl. Add the remaining broth, and garnish with lemon wedges and parsley.
Other Ingredients You Can Use in This Dish
This dish is quite versatile and you can easily customize it to your personal tastes.
- Seasoning: replace Old Bay seasoning with Cajun seasoning or your favorite seafood seasoning.
- Seafood: In addition to shrimp, you can also add crawfish and crab to this recipe for a true Louisiana-style boil.
- Vegetables: Carrots, mushrooms, green beans and artichokes are also great choices for this recipe.
Easy Shrimp Boil
This Easy Shrimp Boil is the easiest and most delicious shrimp boil recipe, a one pan meal that's mess-free. Try it for a weeknight dinner recipe whenever you feel like shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn.
- 2 lb raw large shrimp unpeeled
- ½ pound smoked sausage sliced into 1 inch pieces
- 4 ears corn peeled and quartered
- 1 lb baby red potatoes halved or quartered
- ¼ cup Old Bay seasoning or cajun seasoning
- 2 quarts water
- 1 ½ cup beer
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 large onions cut into chunks
Garnishes - optional
- half lemon freshly squeezed
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley minced
In a large pot (8-quart or 12-quart stock pot), bring water, beer, Old Bay seasoning and salt to a boil over high heat.
- Add potatoes and onions, reduce heat and simmer with lid on. Cook until potatoes are almost tender, for about 8 to 10 minutes.
Raise heat to high. Add smoked sausage and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add corn and cook for 7 to 8 more minutes.
- Add shrimp. Stir and cook for 3 or 4 more minutes.
- Remove from the heat. Let the shrimp sit for 10 minutes to absorb flavor.
- Drain liquid (you can save some liquid if you prefer to eat the dish with broth). Add butter and toss until the butter is melted.
Garnish with fresh parsley, lemon wedges. Season with more Old Bay or salt if needed. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Looking for more shrimp recipes?
- Shrimp Pad Thai
- Sheet Pan Baked Shrimp Fajitas
- Shrimp Lo Mein
- Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta
- Blackened Shrimp
- Honey Garlic Shrimp Rice Bowls
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