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Shrimp Boil
with corn / red potatoes / green salad

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min

A shrimp boil is a festive and fun mid-summer meal. It's a little bit messy so is great to serve outside if the weather cooperates. Just boil everything together, spread out on a serving platter or newspaper-lined table and enjoy. Check out this video from the first time we featured the meal in 2017 to see how it's done.
Smarts: A classic shrimp boil uses both shrimp and sausage, but feel free to skip the sausage if you'd prefer.



Shrimp Boil:
  • Shrimp, large and unpeeled - 1 lb
  • Onions, medium - 1, quartered
  • Sausage, any smoked or pre-cooked (opt) - 8 oz, cut into 3” / 7.6 cm pieces (like smoked andouille)
  • Corn - 4 ears, husked and sliced into 4” / 10 cm pieces
  • Lemons - 1, halved
  • Old Bay seasoning - 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp (sub any other seasoning mix like Cajun)
  • Potatoes, red - 1 lb, halved (sub new potatoes)
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Dipping sauces of choice - for serving (like cocktail sauce for shrimp or sour cream for potatoes)
Green Salad with Tomatoes:
  • Tomatoes, roma - 3, chopped
  • Lettuce, romaine - 1 heart, chopped
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Shrimp - Defrost shrimp.
  2. Onions / Sausage (if using) - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Corn - Remove husks and use a sharp knife to slice into 4” / 10 cm pieces (no need to be exact, but the corn will fit more easily in the pot in pieces). (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Tomatoes / Lettuce / Lemons - Prep as directed.


  1. Fill a large stockpot with water. Season generously with salt and add first part of Old Bay. Squeeze juice from lemons into water and then drop lemon rinds into water. Bring to a boil.
  2. While water is coming to a boil, slice potatoes in half. Leave peels on the shrimp but slice the shrimp down the back and remove veins (this may have already been done by the fishmonger).
  3. When water is boiling, add potatoes and onions. Boil for 10 minutes, until potatoes are starting to turn tender.
  4. While potatoes are boiling, in a large mixing bowl whisk together honey, vinegar, and olive oil. Add lettuce and tomatoes to dressing. Wait to toss until right before serving.
  5. Return to shrimp boil and add corn and sausage (if using) to potatoes and continue to boil until corn is tender, 7 to 8 minutes more.
  6. Add shrimp and continue cooking until shrimp is opaque, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  7. Drain shrimp boil and transfer to a large serving platter.
  8. Melt butter in the microwave and stir in second part of Old Bay. Drizzle butter over shrimp boil.
  9. Toss salad. Serve shrimp boil with dipping sauces of choice and salad on the side. Enjoy!

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This meal has 22 reviews

Really delicious and surprisingly easy. We substituted vegan sausage to make pescatarian. It seems a shame that the vegetarian version didn't just leave out the shrimp; everything else would still have been filling and amazing. I wouldn't bother making the salad with this one again--the entree had plenty going on already, and the salad was underwhelming.

By: Jenn
Posted: Jul 11, 2019
Diet: Original

It's was okay, would probably use a different dressing next time but gets an extra 🌟 for being super quick to throw together and filling too.

By: Nicki
Posted: Jul 10, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

One of our favorite summer dishes. Love how easy it is! Also, it's great for traveling - easy to make when you're not in your own kitchen.

By: Angela
Posted: Jul 08, 2019
Diet: Original

Was tasty! Used a multipurpose spice instead of old bay. Will make again, but with peeled shrimp.

By: Jenn
Posted: Jul 07, 2019
Diet: Original

I wasn’t a huge fan of this meal. Won’t make it again

By: megan
Posted: Jul 07, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

loved by all!! I used a homemade cajun sauce.

By: Carol
Posted: Jul 05, 2019
Diet: Original