Shrimp and Sausage Boil

Bring an easy-to-share platter of this favorite shrimp boil recipe to the table and everyone will be impressed. We call for smoked kielbasa or andouille sausage for this Cajun seafood boil since it's already cooked, that way you only have to worry about cooking until the shrimp is done without worrying about overcooked shrimp. Toss in the lemon halves last to squeeze over the shrimp and sausage boil for bright fresh flavor.

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 3 ounce bag shrimp or crab boil

  • 3 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning

  • 2 ¼ - 3 pound small new potatoes

  • 4 - 5 corn, husked and cut in 1-1/2- to 3-inch pieces

  • 1 - 2 pound spicy smoked link sausage (kielbasa or andouille), diagonally sliced in 1-inch pieces

  • 3 - 4 pound medium to large unpeeled shrimp (preferably heads on)

  • 3 - 4 lemons, halved

  • Snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • Garlic Mayonnaise and Cocktail Sauce (see recipe)


Shrimp and Sausage Boil
Alison Miksch
  1. In a 12- to 16-quart pot bring 2 gallons water to boiling. Add shrimp or crab boil and Old Bay Seasoning; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add potatoes, a few at a time, allowing water to continue simmering. Simmer 7 to 10 minutes, until nearly tender. Add corn; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Add sausage and shrimp. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes, until shrimp are opaque (do not overcook shrimp) and sausage is heated through; drain.

  2. Transfer to large platter. Add lemon halves and sprinkle parsley. Serve hot or within 1 hour of cooking. Pass Garlic Mayonnaise and Cocktail Sauce. Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Shrimp boil or crab boil (a common brand is Zatarain's) can be found in your grocery store's spice aisle in a bag or bottle. If you can't find the spice blend, you can sub additional Old Bay Seasoning.

Cocktail Sauce

In a bowl combine 1/3 cup chili sauce, 1/3 cup reduced-sugar ketchup, 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion, 2 teaspoons cider vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish, and 1 clove garlic, minced. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Garlic Mayonnaise

In a small bowl stir together 1 clove garlic, 1 tsp. olive oil, and 3/4 cup mayonnaise.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

678 Calories
34g Fat
41g Carbs
53g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 678
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 339mg 113%
Sodium 1356mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 53g
Vitamin C 57.3mg 287%
Calcium 141.4mg 11%
Iron 6.5mg 36%
Potassium 1418mg 30%
Folate, total 56.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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