with green salad
This summery meal has become a Cook Smarts community favorite. It is simple and easy to customize - just be sure you give yourself enough time to boil each component for the recommended time provided.
Smarts: If this is your first shrimp boil check out this video we filmed the first time we featured the meal in 2017.
- Shrimp, large and unpeeled - 1 lb
- Onions, medium - 1, quartered
- Sausage, any smoked or pre-cooked (opt) - 8 oz, sliced into 3” / 7.6 cm pieces (like smoked andouille)
- Corn - 4 ears, husks removed, sliced into 4” / 10 cm pieces
- Lemons - 1, halved
- Potatoes, red - 1 lb, halved (sub new potatoes)
- Old Bay seasoning - 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp (sub any other seasoning mix like Cajun)
- Butter - 3 Tbsp
- Dipping sauces of choice - for serving (like cocktail sauce for shrimp or sour cream for potatoes)
- Tomatoes, Roma - 3, chopped
- Lettuce, romaine - 1 heart, chopped (sub any salad greens)
- Honey - 1/2 tsp
- Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
- Shrimp - (If prepping right before cooking, get water heating first.) Defrost shrimp.
- Onions / Sausage - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Corn - Remove husks and use a sharp knife to slice into 4” / 10 cm pieces (no need to be exact, but it will be easier to fit the corn in the pot in pieces). (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- Tomatoes / Lettuce / Lemons - Prep as directed.
- Potatoes / Shrimp - Slice potatoes in half. Leave peels on shrimp but slice down the back and remove veins. (Note: this may have already been done by the fishmonger.).
- Fill a large stockpot with water. Season generously with salt and first part of Old Bay. Squeeze juice from lemons into water and then drop lemon rinds into water. Bring to a boil.
- When water is boiling, add potatoes and onions. Boil for 10 minutes, until potatoes are starting to turn tender.
- 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.
- Return to boiling pot of water and add corn and sausage to potatoes and continue to boil until corn is tender, 7 to 8 minutes more.
- Add shrimp and continue cooking until shrimp is opaque, 2 to 3 minutes more.
- Drain shrimp boil and transfer to a large serving platter.
- Melt butter in the microwave and stir in second part of Old Bay. Drizzle butter over shrimp boil.
- Toss salad. Serve boil with dipping sauces of choice and salad on the side. Enjoy!
Really satisfying and easy. One pot. Like crab boils on Maryland's eastern shore. Should double the spice if you don't have kids. Couldn't find Old Bay so I used adobo which worked well. And about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of frozen corn can sub for the two ears of corn. AND I used everything in the fridge. No waste. This site is so worth it.1 Helpful
So good!0 Helpful
Easy and yummy!0 Helpful
SO yummy. We loved this dish. It seems like a special occasion but it’s actually really simple to make. We served it with rice.0 Helpful
“This is the best meal I’ve ever had that I can remember at least since last year” ~6yo daughter. It was really great, similar to cabbage and carrots cooked with corned beef, the onion was even delicious! And our favorite vegan sausage all covered in a butter. Will double everything next time (except spices, can’t get too spicy for the family).0 Helpful
Very toddler friendly!0 Helpful
Really easy and a great way to feed a crowd! I looked up some additional sauces to make and it was a hit!0 Helpful