Shrimp Boil

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 lemons, halved, plus wedges for serving
  • 1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
  • 8 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 large red onion, quartered
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes
  • 4 ears corn, husked and snapped in half
  • 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, unpeeled
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Hot sauce, for serving (optional)
Directions

Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water. Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and add the squeezed lemon halves. Add the Old Bay, garlic and onion. Tie the thyme sprigs together with kitchen twine

and add to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes.

Add the potatoes to the pot and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes. Add the corn and cook 5 more minutes.

Meanwhile, slice along the back of each shrimp through the shells; remove the veins and rinse the shrimp. Add to the pot, cover and cook until the shrimp curl and are just opaque, 2 to 3 minutes.

Transfer the shrimp and vegetables with a slotted spoon or skimmer to a large bowl. Add the butter and about 1 cup broth to the bowl and toss until the butter is melted. Transfer the shrimp and vegetables to a platter. Serve with the remaining broth, lemon wedges and hot sauce, if desired.

Per serving: Calories 379; Fat 10 g (Saturated 5 g); Cholesterol 225 mg; Sodium 735 mg; Carbohydrate 41 g; Fiber 9 g; Protein 30 g

Photograph by Antonis Achilleos


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has anyone added sausage to this recipe? if so how was it? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this all the time & it's always a big hit! I always follow the recipe exactly and I love it as is, but I'm gonna throw in a little andouille sausage this labor day because I read so many other shrimp boil recipes using it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my new favorite. My family and friends absolutely love this. Making it again as I am writing this! Didn't change a thing! Fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very very good. Next time, I will double the crab boil because it just wasn't as spicy as we like. I missed the kielbasa. It is a good solid recipe and makes a beautiful presentation. The broth is very good, but could use a little more heat for our tastes. Thanks Food Network Kitchen! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a must try. I figured because of the ingredients it would be good and it was! Everyone loved it! I lost my thyme, so didnt use it at all just added red pepper flakes instead lol. I added smoked sausage I saw in a similar recipe that called for either Andouille or Kielbasa, I used Kielbasa. Anyway, it was great, easy, crowd pleaser. Looks beautiful when done! Ravens won Superbowl... item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made this last night and loved every bit of it. I like the idea of adding sausage, but also liked the calorie count of the original recipe. Delicious as written! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! Simple and tasty! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love, no, LOVE this recipe. It was easy and delicious. I was so proud to serve this because it was so amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love this dish. We had friends over for dinner and they loved it too. I added beer to it and it was just delicious....Thumbs Up!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Friends and family loved this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We added (1) can of your favorite beer before the boil starts, and (1) full link of skinless sausage cut into pieces, this goes in before the shrimp. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! This recipe creates a very colorful presentation when served on a large platter. I used some of the broth to steam broccoli as a side dish. We truly enjoyed this combination of American flavors...and we added pineapple hot sauce to the buttery broth for a little bit of a kick. I am not a huge potato fan, so next time I will probably not use the baby potatoes. What a fabulous meal, though, for a shrimp and corn lover like me! Thanks, Food Network! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked this recipe. I made it exactly as stated and we ate every bit of it. The next week I made just peel & eat shrimp using the same recipe but without the potatoes and corn and then let the shrimp cool. I may try adding scallops to mine next time..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best Low Country Boil I've eaten was while on vacation in Charleston a few years ago. Made this recipe last night and loved every bite! I did tweak the recipe a bit. I cut back on the shrimp a little and added chunks of polish sausage. Served with a crusty loaf of bread warm from the oven. Great for soaking up the juices!! Used frozen shrimp. Next time, I think I'll add a bottle of beer to the mix and lots more Old Bay Seasoning! We'd like a bit more kick to ours! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasted pretty good. Kind of a lot of work. Like the previous reviewer I had to rely on frozen shrimp (I'm in Iowa, but originally from Wisconsin, too.) Be careful not to overcook the shrimp (like I did.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple, fresh. Living in Green Bay, I had to rely on frozen shrimp, but this dish was great. Easy to prep and not much hands-on work while simmering. It was 90 degrees here today, so the a/c worked overtime, but the meal was worth it. I poured off the leftover broth and will freeze to give the repeat meal a "boost." Served with some good ww bread to sop up the broth. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added red pepper flakes, Cayenne pepper and chili pepper to the old bay to give it a kick! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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