If you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make seafood dish that’s perfect for a family dinner or a summer barbecue, look no further than this simple shrimp boil recipe. With just a few basic ingredients and minimal prep work, you can create a hearty and flavorful meal that will have everyone coming back for seconds.
The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to make. With just a little bit of chopping and seasoning, you can have the ingredients in the pot and cooking in no time. And because it’s all cooked in one pot, cleanup is a breeze.
So, if you’re looking for a fun and easy seafood recipe that’s perfect for any occasion, give this shrimp boil a try. You won’t be disappointed!
What you will need to make this shrimp boil: Shrimp, Cajun Style Andouille smoked Sausage, Red Potatoes, White Onion, Corn, Lemons, Butter, Cajun Seasoning, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper, Parsley, Water, and Large Pot.
Serving: 6 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
2lbs. Shrimp, deveined and peeled
13oz. Cajun Style Andouille Smoked Sausage, cut into 1” slices
2lbs. Red Potatoes, cut into quarters
1 large White Onion, cut into large pieces
3 Ears of Corn, cut into 2” pieces
2 Lemons, cut into quarters
1 cup (2 sticks) Butter
¼ cup Cajun Seasoning
3 tablespoons Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Black Pepper
- Fill a large pot with 3-4 quarts of water and bring it to a boil.
- Add Cajun seasoning, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, and lemons, to the boiling water and stir well.
- Add quartered onions and potatoes to the pot, let them cook for about 15 minutes. 4. Add corn on the cob and sausage (if using) to the pot and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Scoop out ½ cup of seasoned broth and set aside.
- Drain the remaining into a strainer, add cooked potatoes, onions, corn on the cob, and sausage to a large serving dish.
- Add ½ cup broth back into large pot with 1 stick of butter.
- Finally, add the shrimp to the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they turn pink. 9. Remove the pot from the heat and strain. Add shrimp to the serving dish and stir all together.
- In a small mixing bowl add the remaining ½ cup of melted butter, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, a pinch of chopped parsley, a pinch of salt, and stir.
- Pour over shrimp boil and garnish with parsley.
- Serve the shrimp boil hot with some melted butter, cocktail sauce, or your favorite dipping sauce.
Tips and FAQ
What equipment do I need to make a shrimp boil? You’ll need a large pot (at least 10 quarts), a strainer or colander, and a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the ingredients from the pot.
Do I need to use fresh or frozen shrimp? Fresh shrimp is preferable, but frozen shrimp can be used as well. Just make sure to thaw it properly before cooking.
How much Cajun seasoning should I use? The amount of seasoning you use will depend on your personal preference. A good starting point is about 2-3 tablespoons per 4-6 quarts of water. You can adjust the amount up or down depending on how spicy you are wanting your boil.
How long does it take to cook a shrimp boil? The cooking time will depend on the size of the shrimp and the other ingredients you’re using. Generally, it takes about 10-15 minutes to cook the shrimp and 20-30 minutes to cook the potatoes and corn.
Can I make a shrimp boil ahead of time? Yes, you can make a shrimp boil ahead of time, but it’s best to wait to add the shrimp until just before serving. This will prevent the shrimp from becoming overcooked and tough.
Can I customize the ingredients in a shrimp boil? Yes, you can customize the ingredients to your liking. Some people add different types of sausage or seafood, such as crab legs or mussels. You can also adjust the amount of seasoning or add other spices to suit your taste.
How do I serve a shrimp boil? You can serve the shrimp boil on a large platter or in individual bowls. Be sure to include plenty of napkins and a bowl for discarded shells. You can also serve it with bread or rolls to soak up the broth.