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This shrimp boil is ready in 20 minutes grilled or baked in foil…

This is a photo of a shrimp boil packet with corn, potatoes and sausage on plate after being cooked

Shrimp boils are a Louisiana Cajun tradition that dates back over 50 years. The fishing boats would bring in fresh shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, and the festivities would begin with cooking, music and cultural celebrations. Diehards even grind up whole spices to make the seasoning fragrant!

Seafood boils are usually suited to larger crowds and large pots, but this recipe is easy to make for 4-6 people on a grill. And the best thing is that it’s a complete meal by itself with protein, starch and vegetables:

This is an overhead photo of a shrimp boil on a plate

The key ingredients for a shrimp boil are large shrimp, red potatoes, corn on the cob, sausage and cajun seasoning.

How to make shrimp boil

This recipe is very quick to make, and you can even prepare the packets in advance. It can definitely become one of your go-to recipes.

Distribute halved baby potatoes, sliced sausage, corn on the cob and shrimp across 4 piece of foil:

Here is a photo of the raw ingredients for a shrimp boil

Here’s how to select the shrimp for a shrimp boil:

  • Large size shrimp, like 31/35 count per pound or less
  • Shell removed and deveined with tail on
  • Wild shrimp certified by Marine Stewardship Council or similar for better flavor and health
  • Avoid frozen shrimp packages with lots of ice crystals, which can indicate thawing

For the potatoes, use the smallest baby potatoes you can find. If they’re larger than 1 inch, then quarter them instead of halving to avoid a precooking step.

This is a photo of the raw ingredients for a shrimp boil with cajun seasoning

For the sausage, a smoked Andouille sausage is traditionally used. If you can’t find it, then try a garlic sausage or chorizo. The next step is sprinkling on some cajun seasoning and drizzling with a few teaspoons of oil.

Now you’re ready to wrap up the foil package and put it on the grill or in the oven. Be careful not to puncture the foil, as you won’t want the yummy juices to leak out.

This graphic shows how to seal up a shrimp boil foil packet before cooking

All it takes is 15 minutes of cooking time, and voila! Dinner is ready to serve, and there’s no cleaup either.

Watch our video tutorial to see how to make it:

Shrimp Boil in Foil Packets

A delicious way to enjoy shrimp in summer
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YIELD: 4 servings
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 2 lb large shrimp peeled, deveined, tail on
  • 1 lb andouille or chorizo sausage thinly sliced
  • 2 ears corn peeled and quartered
  • 1 lb baby red potatoes halved or quartered*
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Garnishes - optional
  • half lemon freshly squeezed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley minced
YIELD: 4 servings
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes
Yum
Ingredients
  • 2 lb large shrimp peeled, deveined, tail on
  • 1 lb andouille or chorizo sausage thinly sliced
  • 2 ears corn peeled and quartered
  • 1 lb baby red potatoes halved or quartered*
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Garnishes - optional
  • half lemon freshly squeezed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley minced
Instructions
  1. Preheat your grill or oven to 425°F. Prepare 4 sheets of foil that are each at least 12 inches long on a work surface.
  2. Add 1/4 of the shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage to the middle of each piece of foil.
  3. Sprinkle cajun seasoning and drizzle olive oil across all 4 sheets.
  4. Fold up the edges of each piece of foil into a packet following the video. Ensure the packet is sealed tight and the foil doesn't get punctured.
  5. Grill or bake the packets for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  6. Garnish with optional lemon juice, salt, pepper and parsley. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Notes

* if the potatoes are larger than 1-inch, quarter them for even cooking.

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