Shrimp Boil Recipe

Shrimp Boil Recipe – This classic shrimp boil recipe is a family favorite! Made with fresh shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn!

Shrimp Boil Recipe - This classic shrimp boil recipe is a family favorite! Made with fresh shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn! // addapinch.com

 

There’s just something about a shrimp boil that seems to bring everyone together. I’m not sure if it’s the way that it is served, all tossed together in the pot or poured out over a large picnic table covered with newspapers or butcher paper. Either way, it’s a definite warm-weather favorite for us. When we go camping, especially near the coast, we love to pick up fresh shrimp from a local fish market and plan out the meal. It’s one that everyone seems to always love.

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With a shrimp boil, our basic ingredients are potatoes, corn, sausages, and lots and lots of shrimp. You just can’t have to much shrimp for a shrimp boil! Although for this boil, we left out the potatoes. Can you say, “Robyn forgot a major ingredient?”

We really didn’t miss them too much though with all that other deliciousness in the pot!

My husband is usually in charge of the cooking, pulling out his large turkey fryer with basket to make easy work of it. Since the sides are included in the pot, I only have to take care of any appetizers, condiments, drinks and of course – desserts!

But whatever you do, be sure to make my cocktail sauce to go with this shrimp boil. You’ll understand with that first bite!

 

Just imagine there is a potato in that photo, umkay?

You can also toss in crawfish if you’d like. It peps up the color of the shrimp boil considerably and makes it extra festive!

Here’s how we make our shrimp boil. I’ve written the recipe so that it is per person to be served. That way, you can scale the recipe for a family of 4 or to serve a party of 100!

 

Shrimp Boil Recipe - This classic shrimp boil recipe is a family favorite! Made with fresh shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn! // addapinch.com
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Shrimp Boil Recipe

Summertime in the South always means it's time for a Shrimp Boil! Perfect for outdoor entertaining or even when camping, this recipe is written based on how much per person you'll need for a successful shrimp boil.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 1
Author: Robyn Stone

Ingredients

  • 1-2 bags crab boil per pot
  • 1-2 small small red-skinned potatoes per person
  • 1/2 pound smoked or polish sausage per person
  • 1 ear corn on the cobb per person, cleaned and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound raw deveined shrimp per person
  • 1/4 pound crawfish per person, optional

Instructions

  • Fill a large pot 2/3 full with cold water. Add the bag(s) of crab boil and bring to a rolling boil. Turn down heat if needed to maintain a low to medium boil. Add in potatoes and sausage and allow to cook for about 20 - 25 minutes, add in corn. When potatoes have softened to fork tender, add in shrimp and crawfish (optional) and cook to taste, for about 3-5 minutes until shrimp are pink throughout and done.
  • Remove all from the boiling water and serve warm.
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I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

 

UPDATE:

I’ve gotten so many emails asking me what kind of “crab boil” we use, where I find it, etc. I thought I would update this recipe post to provide that information as well.

We use a product by Zatarain’s that is in a bag. I have been able to find it at my local grocery stores, but you can also buy it directly from Zatarain’s at this link. Please note that I am not affiliated with Zatarain’s, nor is this a sponsored post. This is just the product that we love and use faithfully!

Enjoy!

25 comments on “Shrimp Boil Recipe”

  1. I’ve never done any kind of large batch seafood cooking but this sounds truly fun! My husband, the seafood lover in the family, would really enjoy this.

    • I hope y’all love it, Rachel. It’s so easy and it’s always fun to watch the crowd gather around the pot as it’s cooking. Hope y’all have a great 4th!

  2. I’ve always wanted to do a shrimp boil! Love your photos!

    • Thanks so much, Katie! Once you have one, you’ll become addicted to them, too! So much fun and such an easy thing to prepare for a crowd!

  3. That sounds great! I normally make shrimp boil with a can of beer thrown in and some Old Bay 🙂

    • Thanks, Elizabeth. We’ve used beer in ours before as well. It definitely adds to the flavor. We just began omitting it as it seemed there were people at each get-together who didn’t care for it or weren’t able to have the beer in it for one reason or another. It’s great though if you know the group you are serving enjoys it. Great tip!

  4. We love a good shrimp boil! Pair it with a really cold cocktail and crusty bread… yummy in my tummy! My hubby’s b’day is on Friday and this would be perfect! Thanks for reminding me how much I love this summer classic!

  5. Happy 4th Robyn! This looks like what we need to cook this weekend! Just one question – when do you put the corn in to cook? Will also make your easy peasy cocktail sauce. Thanks for the recipes.

  6. What’s in the “crab boil”?

  7. Hello, when do you add in the corn? Am I missing it.
    P.S. I love your recipes.

    • Hi Sandy,
      Thanks so much! You add the corn about 20-25 minutes after you’ve begun cooking the potatoes and sausages. Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

    • Corn only takes 7 minutes to cook in a good boil. This all sounds great.

  8. Looks perfect Robyn! Now when are we going to have a shrimp boil at the beach together? 😀

  9. It’s such a pity – I’ve never even had any kind of “boil”. I need an ocean and some shrimp right about now!!

  10. Love a shrimp boil. What a great day to enjoy a summer meal with friends and family!

  11. This has always been a family favorite and certainly perfect for large groups!

  12. Oh Thank you, thank you, thank you. I saw this on tv years ago and wanted to try it, but lost the recipe. I can’t wait to try it this weekend on our camping trip.

  13. I wonder if this could be done in a crockpot and cooked all day. Any experience with that?

  14. Shrimp and crawfish become tough and rubbery when cooked too long.

  15. we have shrimp crab and crawfish boils all the time where we live …Metairie Louisiana I found if you use frozen corn it is better to add at end of boil about 5 minutes ..wont get tough… also add a little salt to your boil about a 3/4 cup per boil also cut a garlic pod length ways and add with potatoes … delicious enjoy

  16. I like to use SWAMPFIRE powdered type boil in the bag. It actually has a very good flavor to it, and has less salt than ZATARAINS.

  17. About how many servings can be cooked in one turkey fryer at a time?

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