Shrimp Boil Recipe and Ingredients
A Shrimp Boil is a traditional one pot dish that is easy to prepare for family and friends. This Shrimp Boil Recipe and cooking instructions is provided by Coastal Caterers in Charleston, SC. Expert cooking tips are also provided that will make your shrimp boil the best!
Preparing, cooking, serving, and clean up is easy. Especially, if you serve your Boil on a table cover with newspaper or butcher’s paper. No plates or silverware are needed if you eat right off the table.
Serves 4 to 6 people. Cook time: 40 minutes.
- 2 Pounds of Shrimp
- 2 Pounds of Smoked Sausage
- 2 Pounds of Kielbasa
- 2 Pounds of Red Potatoes
- 12 Pieces of Corn on the Cob
- Old Bay Seasoning and Parsley Flakes for garnish
- Cut sausage into 2 oz. pieces
- Cut potatoes into similar sized pieces to cook evenly.
Use a large lidded pot. Fill the pot two thirds of the way with water and put it on your burner. Turn on the burner and bring your water to a boil.Purchase Seafood Online
Cooking the Red Potatoes
First, place the red potatoes into your pot of boiling water. Boil the potatoes until a fork can penetrate the potatoes, but they are still firm. Once the water is boiling, it will take about 20 minutes for the potatoes to finish cooking. Another way to tell the potatoes are close to being done is that you will smell the aroma of the potatoes. Add some of your sausage to the potatoes while they are boiling, this will enhance the flavor of the potatoes.
Don’t overcook the potatoes because the potato skins will begin to separate from the potato, and the potatoes will become too soft. Test the potatoes with a fork about every 5 minutes for firmness.
It is important to cut your potatoes into similar size pieces. By cutting into similar sized, your potatoes will finish cooking at the same time.
It is ok to add the potatoes to your pot while the water is coming to a boil. Also, filling your pot with warm water will reduce the time you have to wait before the water comes to a boil.
After removing the cooked potatoes from the water place them into a pan. Then dust the potatoes again with Old Bay Seasoning to make sure they are thoroughly seasoned. Wrap the pan with aluminum foil to keep the potatoes warm.
Cooking the Corn on the Cob
Cook the corn on the cob in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove the corn on the cob from the boiling water and add them to the tray of red potatoes. Season the corn on the cob again with Old Bay seasoning. Adding some sausage in with the potatoes and corn will give them more flavor. Place the corn on the cob and potatoes in a pan with the potatoes and cover.
Cooking the Shrimp and Sausage
Cut the smoked sausage and Kielbasa into 2-ounce pieces for cooking. Place the smoked sausage and Kielbasa into the boiling water and cook the sausage for 3 or 4 minutes. After the sausages are cooked thoroughly, they will become more plump than when you first put them in the boiling water. The combination of sausages will enhance the flavor of your Shrimp Boil.
Add the shrimp to the boiling water with the sausage. The water in the pot should still be boiling, so the shrimp will cook in under a minute. Cooked shrimp turn a light orange color on the outside. The meat will become white.
Add the shrimp and sausage to the covered pan of corn and red potatoes. Season the shrimp, sausage, corn, and red potatoes again with Old Bay and garnish everything with Parsley flakes. Keep the Boil covered in the pan until you are ready to serve it.
You may prefer to use medium or large shrimp in your shrimp boil. Medium or large shrimp are usually more tender than jumbo shrimp. Jumbo shrimp have lived longer to grow to their larger size and this can make the meat a little tougher.
Cocktail sauce is a favorite condiment to serve with a Shrimp Boil or Fried Seafood. Watch our video on how to make a delicious, 2 ingredient cocktail sauce.
Shrimp Boil Old Bay
Old Bay is one of several seasonings that are made specifically for seasoning a shrimp boil or other seafood boils. So by using Old Bay Seasoning on your shrimp is what makes a Shrimp Boil Old Bay recipe. All the other ingredients for your shrimp, seafood, or crab boil will be the same.
More Shrimp Boil Recipe Tips
After placing all the ingredients into a covered pan, season everything again! Notice that most of the seasoning put in the pot when you began cooking will form a ring on the inside of your pot, just above the waterline. Very little of the seasoning added to the boiling water will end up on the Boil.
Adding seasoning to the water will give you and your guests a pleasant aroma. However, it will not go a long way towards the final seasoning of your shrimp boil ingredients. So be sure to season all your ingredients again. Garnish the Shrimp Boil with Parsley flakes to make it look even more appetizing!
If you want to reduce the cook time by about 20 minutes, don’t use potatoes in your recipe.
If you want to have an oyster roast to go along with your Shrimp Boil, please watch this video on how to steam oysters.
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