with green salad
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 some 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!
A hit with the whole family. Some like more spice than others, so we boiled with milder seasonings, and made two versions of the butter (plain and spicy) so each family member could use as much or little as they liked.0 Helpful
A family favorite0 Helpful
Loved the simplicity of this meal. We used a packaged shrimp or crab boil bag. Nicely flavorful. Hubs would like to see it again.0 Helpful
I purchased uncooked sausage by mistake, so I had to take the extra cooking time into account. The meal turned out well as I purposefully added more seasoning to the water. I appreciate that I can add more of one ingredient or less of another dependint on what our family likes best. It did seem as though I spent a LOT of time watching the pot boil...0 Helpful
As it doesn’t give a measurement of water to lemon/seasoning ratio I think that could contribute to blandness. I will use less water next time, just enough to cover. Easy, fun summer meal - especially for a crowd!0 Helpful
Feel like the flavor needed a bit more punch. Would make again but w more bay seasoning, lemon, salt.0 Helpful