Shrimp Boil FAQs

Get the answer to many Shrimp Boil FAQs

What are other names for a shrimp boil?

Other names for a Shrimp Boil

Shrimp Boils are also referred to by several other names throughout the United States. In the Low Country area of South Carolina and Georgia, Shrimp Boils are also commonly referred to as a Low Country Boil, Low Country Shrimp Boil, or Frogmore Stew. In Louisiana and Texas, it is sometimes called a Cajun Shrimp Boil. Names for a Shrimp Boil will vary by region, but it’s still the same delicious seafood dish.

Old Bay Seasoning or Zatarain’s Seasoning?

Two of the most popular spices for a Shrimp Boil are Old Bay Seasoning and Zatarain’s Seasoning. Both of these seasonings are great for using on a Shrimp Boil. However, Old Bay Seasoning seems to be the more commonly used spice mix. Old Bay is the Shrimp Boil seasoning we use in our recipe.

Zatarain’s Seasoning is more thought of as a Cajun Seasoning associated with the Cajun Cooking style in Louisiana. If you want to make your Shrimp Boil recipe Cajun, use Zatarain’s Seasoning. Zatarain’s Seasoning is great to use on a Crawfish Boil to give it that Cajun kick.

Try making a Shrimp Boil with Old Bay and making a Shrimp Boil with Zatarain’s and see which seasoning you like the best!

How to cook shrimp?

How to cook shrimp? Although the shrimp in a Shrimp Boil get cooked by submerging them in boiling water, there are many different ways to cook shrimp. Sauteing shrimp in a pan is one popular way to cook shrimp. Sauteed Shrimp are used for making dishes such as Garlic Shrimp, Seafood Alfredo, and many other delicious shrimp dinners. Shrimp can also be put on a skewer and cooked on a grill. Deep frying shrimp is another popular way to cook shrimp. Shrimp are a versatile ingredient to cook with and can be enjoyed in many different ways. 

How to boil peeled shrimp?

How to boil peeled shrimp? You can boil peeled shrimp the same way you boil shrimp with the shell still on by submerging them in boiling water. They will still take on a orange color when they are cooked. However, it is more common to boil shrimp with the shells still on and peel them after cooking.

What side dishes go with a shrimp boil?

Side Dishes for a Shrimp Boil

What side can dishes go with a Shrimp Boil? Some great options to go with a Shrimp Boil are Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Baked Beans, Collard Greens, Black-eyed Peas, or a fresh salad. Other popular additions to your Shrimp Boil are cornbread and hush puppies. 

How to reheat a Seafood Boil?

The best way to reheat a Seafood Boil is to put the leftovers back into a pot of warm water. Bring your pot of water back to a boil, then turn the burner off. Place your leftover Boil in the water for about 1 or 2 minutes. This method will thoroughly reheat your ingredients, but the water will not be hot enough to overcook it.

What does a seafood boil consist of?

seafood boil consists of more than one type of seafood like crabs, mussels, lobster or clams. The other ingredients are usually the same, sausage, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. 

What shrimp are best for a shrimp boil?

Fresh shrimp is the key to making a Shrimp Boil. The two main types of shrimp harvested from Eastern North Carolina to Texas are White Shrimp and Brown Shrimp. White Shrimp harvesting is usually in the Spring and early Summer. Brown Shrimp are more plentiful during the Summer, but White Shrimp harvests will pick up again in the Fall into Winter. People living away from the coast might have a problem getting fresh shrimp, but buying good quality frozen shrimp will not be a problem. We always recommend fresh shrimp when they are available!

Check out our Blackened Mahi Mahi Recipe, Barbecue Shrimp Recipe, or Deep Fried Shrimp Recipe.