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.
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
1 (1.5-ounce) bag seafood boil seasoning
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
3 bay leaves
2 onions, quartered
2 garlic bulbs, halved
1 pound small red potatoes
4 ears fresh corn, husks removed and halved
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch diagonal slices
2 pounds large shrimp
French baguette, lemon wedges, melted butter, and Old Bay seasoning
How to Make It
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.
Drain liquid, and spread shrimp boil out on a newspaper-covered table. Serve with baguette slices, lemon wedges, melted butter, and Old Bay seasoning.