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!
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
I've skipped this one a few times in the past, but finally tried it and I was pleasantly surprised! I thought it was an easy meal to cook overall (always a plus!) and tasted great. The family wanted mashed potatoes on the side instead of the sliced potatoes in the boil next time.0 Helpful
This was so much easier than I thought and tasted good. I especially liked the flavor it brought to the corn.0 Helpful