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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

Delicious and easy - definitely a favorite!

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

This was awesome and a perfect treat for the fourth. Lightened it up With turkey kielbasa and half the butter drizzle. Did a squeeze of lemon and sprinkle of old bay over the boil once plated. Yum!!

By: Janice
Posted: Jul 04, 2019
Diet: Original

Perfect July 4th feast. I added littleneck clams. This was so yummy. My 5-year-old devoured it. I wish I had bought a baguette to eat with this since there’s so much good stock / juices to soak up.

By: Tomoko
Posted: Jul 04, 2019
Diet: Original

Very yummy and easy! Not the best for our low carb/sugar diet, but still very tasty!

By: Carlos
Posted: Jul 04, 2019
Diet: Original

Loved it! We used Cajun seasoning because that’s what we had.

By: Jenna
Posted: Jul 04, 2019
Diet: Original

I skipped Old Bay and offered Cajun spice at the table. I melted butter and poured it over in the serving bowl. Kids (2 & 5) loved it! Shrimp were their favorite. I loved it ALL!

By: Erin
Posted: Jul 02, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free