Shrimp Boil Macaroni Salad


Simmering the shrimp shells in the cooking liquid adds an extra layer of flavor

Shrimp Boil Macaroni Salad
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
27 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 12 mins
12 cups


  • 8 ounce dried elbow macaroni

  • 1 pound medium shrimp in shells

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1 quart reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice , divided

  • 2 teaspoon Old Bay® seasoning

  • 4 ears fresh sweet corn, halved crosswise

  • 8 ounce small red potatoes, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/8-inch thick

  • 8 ounce cooked Andouille sausage, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay® seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme

  • fresh thyme, Old Bay seasoning (optional)

  • Lemon wedges (optional)


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse well under cold water. Set aside.

  2. Peel and devein shrimp, reserving shells. In the center of a 15x15-inch square of double thickness cheesecloth combine shrimp shells, bay leaf, and 2 sprigs fresh thyme. Bring up cheesecloth sides and tie with clean kitchen string. In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven combine broth, onion, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tsp. Old Bay® seasoning and cheesecloth bag. Bring to a simmer.

  3. Add shrimp to the Dutch oven. Simmer 1 minute or until shrimp are opaque; remove with slotted spoon. Add corn to Dutch oven. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes, rearranging corn once. Remove corn and set aside to cool. Add potatoes and sausage to Dutch oven. Simmer, covered, about 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Discard spice bag. When corn is cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cobs.

  4. For dressing, in a blender combine the reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid, 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning, lemon peel, and 1/4 cup lemon juice. With blender running, slowly add oil.

  5. In a large bowl combine macaroni, corn kernels, shrimp, potatoes, and sausage. Add dressing and 1 Tbsp. thyme; toss gently to combine. Serve at once or cover and chill up to 24 hours. If desired, top with fresh thyme and a sprinkle of Old Bay® seasoning. Pass lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
11g Fat
25g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 329mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 8.2mg 41%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 274mg 6%
Folate, total 65.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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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