Shrimp Boil Recipe
No summer is complete without a seafood boil, crawfish boil or shrimp boil party.
Gather your friends and family around the table, preferably outdoor, with a huge spread of old bay shrimp boil with potatoes, corn, smoked sausages and served with cold beer.
This is an all-American summer tradition and I have the best recipe for you!
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Shrimp Boil Seasoning
My recipe calls for the following spices and seasonings:
- Old Bay Seasoning for boiling all the ingredients.
- Cajun seasoning and melted butter to make the Cajun butter sauce.
How to Make Cajun Boil?
First, bring a pot of water to a boil. Next, add the ingredients to the pot in the following order:
- Old Bay seasoning
- Potatoes and corn.
- Smoked sausage and shrimp.
In the meantime, prepare the spicy Cajun butter sauce. The last step is to combine the boiled shrimp, potatoes, corn and smoked sausage with the Cajun butter sauce. Voila, dinner is done.
- I don’t recommend using Zatarain’s seasoning as I find it too salty.
- It takes practically 1 minute to cook medium-sized shrimp in hot boiling water. Do not overcook the shrimp or they will turn rubbery and tasteless.
- Add Cajun butter sauce to add extra flavors to the dish.
Can I Make It in Oven?
Yes, you can make this recipe in an oven by using a sheet pan.
Just mix all the ingredients together with the seasonings and spices. Bake at 425°F (220°C) for 10-12 minutes or until the shrimp and corn are cooked through.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Boil Shrimp and How Long to Boil Shrimp?
These are two common questions. A tall and narrow stockpot will be great for this recipe.
Fill the pot halfway with water and bring it to a rolling boil. Add the shrimp into the boiling water. The shrimp will be cooked when they turn pink, about 1 minute.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 498 calories per serving.
What to Serve with This Recipe?
This dish goes well with summer side dishes. For summer entertaining or dinner party, I recommend the following recipes.
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Easy shrimp boil with Old Bay, Cajun seasoning and butter. This low country shrimp boil recipe is the best with shrimp, baby potatoes, corns and smoked sausage.
- Water, for boiling
- 4 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
- 8 oz. (226 g) baby potatoes, cut into halves
- 2 ears corn on the cob, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 12 oz. (340 g) smoked sausage, cut into pieces (Hillshire Smoke Sausage Rope)
- 1 lb. (0.4 kg) shrimp, shelled, deveined, tail-in
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, for garnishing
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (McCormick)
Fill a tall stockpot halfway with water. On high heat, bring the water to a rolling boil. Add the Old Bay Seasoning, follow by baby potatoes and corn. Cover the pot and boil for 8-10 minutes, or until the potatoes become tender.
In the meantime, make the Cajun Butter by combining the melted butter with Cajun seasoning together. Stir to mix well and set aside.
Add the smoked sausage and shrimp, boil for 1 minute, or until the shrimp turn pink. Remove the pot from heat and drain all the ingredients using a colander. You may need to do it in two batches if your colander is not big enough.
Heat up a skillet on high heat. Add the Cajun Butter and all the shrimp boil ingredients together. Stir to combine well. Transfer the shrimp boil to a sheet pan or serving platter, garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
You can make sheet pan shrimp boil by combining all the ingredients together with the seasonings and spices. Instead of 4 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning, use 2 tablespoons.
Bake at 425°F (220°C) for 10-12 minutes or until the shrimp and corn are cooked through.
Amount Per Serving Calories 498Total Fat 42gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 248mgSodium 868mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 29g
Will baking it for 10-12 minutes cook the potatoes?
Yes! Cut into smaller pieces.
can I also cook crab legs with the shrimp boil?
Yes, you can.
Can I put crab and lobster in seafood boil?
Has anyone tried with precooked frozen shrimp thats all I have on hand atm? TIA!
Precooked frozen shrimp is fine but it’s not great for this recipe.
Yes. They became over cooked. Much better to use raw shrimp.
It interesting but in Cajun country you actually boil in the seasonings and we don’t used butter mixed with spices!
Why don’t you try this recipe, it tastes better, really!
If I don’t have a skillet big enough for the shrimp boil, should you still put it in the oven after you’ve boiled all the ingredients?
Hi Ashley, you can just mix everything in a big container. As long as the shrimp boil seasonings coat all the seafood ingredients. There is no need to bake in oven.
I decided to make this very un-traditional meal for our 2020 family Christmas Eve dinner….. to say it was a huge hit is an understatement! The cajun butter sauce…… oh my-oh my oh my — what else can I say? When it was ready, we poured off all the water and put all on a large cookie pan. As I poured the cajun butter sauce, my DIL mixed it all with her hands to make sure everything was evenly coated. This is undoubtedly the best Low Country Boil recipe ever!!! My kids and grands are already asking when I will make it again! Trust me !!! Absolutely fabulous !!!
My husband was scared when I told him I was making it because he says I don’t do shrimp well. This was so easy and everyone loved it. I couldn’t find old bay so I used a pack of McCormick shrimp and crab boil in a box.
This looks delicious! How many does this serve? I am wanting to make this recipe for 15 people for a birthday party and I have a few people that can really EAT!! How much shrimp, potatoes and sausage do you recommend? And Old Bay? ….I don’t want it too salty. Thanks
You will need at least 5 lbs shrimp?
Great recipe. This was the first time I made this so I followed the directions pretty well. Except for the carrots. I had to tweak something. So I added a couple carrots late in the boil.
One comment on the presentation. When I like a recipe, I print it so I can make notes. The font is huge. It took 5 pages to print this simple recipe. That is the only issue. Thanks for a great recipe.
Great recipe. Thank you. I really wanted a boil but I was on quarantine. I had all the ingredients at home so I searched and this was by far the easiest and very quick and tasty!!
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Do you use raw or cooked shrimp