with green salad
Ever since we first featured a Shrimp Boil in a meal plan, it just doesn't feel like summer without it. It is simple to prepare and fun to serve - 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 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!
This was so much easier than I thought and tasted good. I especially liked the flavor it brought to the corn.0 Helpful
Simple and delicious.0 Helpful
Always a fun meal! Once the prep is done, the boiling is pretty easy and the end product turns out tasty. My son loves the shrimp.0 Helpful
Easy and good for the whole family!0 Helpful
Finally decided to try it and it was awesome! Intimidated because I had never done this before but it was very easy and fun. Picky eaters could just eat what they liked. A big hit!0 Helpful
We are trying to eat less fish so I made this without the shrimp and it was still excellent! The side salad was a bit bland though.0 Helpful