Shrimp Boil

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Shrimp Boil

Shrimp boil is a popular Southern dish that's perfect for gatherings and family dinners. It's a one-pot meal that's easy to make and full of flavor. Shrimp boil typically includes shrimp, new potatoes, corn, smoked sausage, lemons, and a blend of spices. The ingredients are boiled together in a large pot and then served family-style. Shrimp boil is a fun and festive way to enjoy a meal with loved ones.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Coastal, Tex-Mex
Servings 8
Calories 635 kcal


  • cup seasoning sea food boil seasoning (Louisiana, Zatarains, or Bays, your choice.
  • 1 lb. potatoes small red halved
  • 6 ears corn on the cob cut into gobbets approx 2 inch pieces
  • 1 lb sausage smoked sausage, or kielbasi, cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces (we use Eckrich Smoked Sausage
  • 2 lbs shrimp de-veined
  • ¼ cup butter unsalted, softened
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt Kosher
  • 2 medium onion yellow , peeled and quartered
  • 9 cloves garlic divided
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 lb. craw-fish (optional)
  • ½ lb. crab king (optional), one per person
  • ½ lb. crab snow (optional), one per person
  • ½ lb. crab blue (optional), one per person
  • ½ lb. crab Dungeness (optional), one per person


  • In a large stockpot, combine 4 quarts water, seafood boil seasoning, garlic, onion, and potatoes.
  • Add corn and sausages and optional seafood ; cook until seafood and potatoes are done, i.e. potatoes are cooked thru , when tested with a fork. Remove from heat; stir in shrimp. Cover and let stand until shrimp are pink and firm, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Serve immediately , Suggest draining and dump on serving platter or bowl.


Serving with Spicy Rémoulade  or cocktail sauce are good options.  See separate recipe for Spicy Rémoulade , since it can be used elsewhere. See the recipe under ” this and that” 

Nutrition Disclaimer

Paulson Pursuits is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.


Calories: 635kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 68gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 364mgSodium: 3332mgPotassium: 1534mgFiber: 12gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 791IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 511mgIron: 11mg
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