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Easy Old Bay Shrimp Boil

Shrimp Boil is a must-try and simple enough to enjoy any day of the week.

July 19, 2021
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 45 mins



  1. Take a large stockpot with 4 quarts of water. Add garlic, onion, thyme, and old bay seasoning. Bring it to a boil on medium heat.
  2. Add potatoes and season with salt. Let it cook for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are nearing tender.
  3. Add corn and keep cooking for 3 minutes. After that, add sausage and cook for 4 minutes.
  4. Now, stir in shrimp and cook until pink and opaque.
  5. Drain mixture. Spread over a baking sheet or an extra-large serving platter.
  6. Drizzle with lemon juice and butter. And sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning, parsley, and pepper.
  7. Serve hot!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Shrimp Boil
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35.7 g45.8%
Cholesterol 355.9 mg118.6%
Sodium 4033.9 mg175.4%
Protein 53.3 g106.6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Buy the largest shrimp you can find in the market for this recipe. We have used 16 to 20 count jumbo shrimp.
  • Both shrimps with and without shells can be boiled. We have removed the shells and leave tails because it is easy to eat in this way.
  • You can use yellow, white, or bi-color corn.
  • If you don't have red potatoes, you can substitute them with Yukon gold potatoes.
  • If you want extra spices in your shrimp boil, you can use Andouille sausage. Otherwise, kielbasa or andouille sausage is a great choice.
  • You can add some other colorful veggie such as green okra, beans or asparagus.
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Sometimes you want to pamper yourself with something tasty and feel like in an expensive restaurant. And here, Shrimp Boil comes to the rescue. It is the easiest and the best option to entertain yourself and your loved ones. Everyone will come back for seconds!

Cooking Shrimp Boil is extremely simple and difficult at the same time. You need to know some secrets; otherwise, the shrimp will not turn out tender, juicy and tasty. So, keep reading to learn how to boil shrimp perfectly.

What Is A Shrimp Boil?

Shrimp boil is a classic boil that contains shrimp, potatoes, onion, sausage, corn, and some seasoning. This dish helps you to experience lots of yummy food boiled together in southern spices. If you want to feed your family something special to celebrate family dinner, anniversary, picnic parties, birthday parties, or outdoor gathering, shrimp boil is a great option.

Health benefits

Delicate, tasty, fragrant and healthy shrimp boil is always welcome. Of course, shrimp can and should be eaten as often as possible because they have an impressive list of useful properties. They have low-calorie content and mass fraction of fat with a very high protein content, which is valuable in a healthy and dietary diet. Moreover, shrimp have a whole range of vitamins and microelements. It has even been proven that people who consume seafood and fish live longer than others.

How Long to Boil Shrimp?

They cook easily and quickly, the main thing is to know the cooking time, and then it will not be difficult to cook a seafood treat! You will need about 2-3 minutes to boil. When the shrimps turn bright pink and opaque, they are done. It is recommended not to overcook shrimps because they will lose their taste, tenderness, and juice.

What to Serve with Shrimp Boil?

You can serve shrimp as an independent dish with a loaf of garlic bread or a green veggie like broccoli, asparagus, or green beans. But some people like to add more side dishes. Some best options are French or sourdough bread, green salad, coleslaw, Mac and cheese or potato salad. This dish also pairs so well with smoky sausage, creamy potatoes, and sweet corn.

Here are some of our delicious recipes that you can serve with Shrimp Boil:

Can I Make It In The Oven?

Yes, you can make Shrimp Boil in an oven by using a sheet pan. Season all ingredients with spices and bake at 425°F for 11-13 minutes or until corn and shrimp become tender.

What's The Best Way To Season Shrimp?

It's an Old Bay shrimp boil recipe. That's why it is super easy to make – you don't have to buy many spices. Old Bay is a seafood seasoning mix that is great for seasoning shrimp boils.

Ingredients for Homemade Seafood Seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon ground bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Store in an airtight container and in a cool place.

Can I Use Frozen Shrimp For This Recipe?

Yes! You can use frozen shrimps, but it is suggested to thaw them first because if they are immediately thrown into boiling water from the freezer, they will cook unevenly. We offer you 2 ways to properly defrost:

Option 1: on a shelf in the refrigerator, and then at room temperature

Option 2: pouring with cool water. If you don't have time, thaw it quickly by placing it in a colander in your sink. Run cool water over the shrimps for 5-7 minutes. When the ice dissolves, drain and dry with paper towels.

Let's Sum Up

This delicious old bay shrimp boil recipe will appeal to those who like light meals and simple recipes. The harmonious combination of shrimp, corn and vegetables is sure to delight your loved ones! So, try it once! You will definitely like it.

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