Photo: Jennifer Davick
Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
40 Mins
Yield
Makes 8 servings

This classic shrimp boil recipe is a wonderful, easy way to prepare fresh shrimp. No Lowcountry shrimp boil is complete without adding hearty helpings of sausage, corn, and potatoes, but additional touches such as aromatic vegetables, seafood boil seasoning, and a bottle or two of beer bring the feast’s flavor up another level.

Test kitchen tip: Make sure to add the ingredients in the stages, like the order listed below. This ensures each element is cooked just right, resulting in a crowd-pleasing shrimp boil you’ll make again and again.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 4 quarts water and first 7 ingredients to a boil in a 12-quart stockpot. Add potatoes; simmer 15 minutes. Add corn and sausage; simmer 8 minutes. Add shrimp, cover, and turn off heat. Let shrimp sit 10 to 15 minutes to absorb flavor.

Step 2

Drain liquid, and spread shrimp boil out on a newspaper-covered table. Serve with baguette slices, lemon wedges, melted butter, and Old Bay seasoning.