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.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 30 mins
1 hr


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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

678 calories; fat 34g; cholesterol 339mg; saturated fat 11g; carbohydrates 41g; mono fat 10g; poly fat 4g; insoluble fiber 5g; sugars 5g; protein 53g; vitamin a 583.1IU; vitamin c 57.3mg; thiamin 0.5mg; riboflavin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 9.5mg; vitamin b6 1mg; folate 56.4mcg; vitamin b12 2.7mcg; sodium 1356mg; potassium 1418mg; calcium 141.4mg; iron 6.5mg.