Shrimp Boil Recipe

Shrimp Boil Recipe and Ingredients

Serves 10 people. Cook time: 40-45 minutes.

  • 4 Pounds of Shrimp
  • 2 Pounds of Smoked Sausage
  • 2 Pounds of Kielbasa
  • 3 Pounds of Red Potatoes
  • 10 Pieces of Corn on the Cob
  • Old Bay Seasoning and Parsley Flakes for garnish
  • Cut sausage in to 2 oz. pieces
  • Cut potatoes into similar sized pieces to cook evenly.

Shrimp Boil Recipe and cooking instructions provided by Coastal Caterers in Charleston, SC. Expert cooking tips are also provided that will make your shrimp boil the best!

Use a 5-gallon(20 quart) cooker with a strainer basket. Fill the pot halfway with water and put it on your burner. Turn on the burner and bring your water to a boil.  

Cooking the Corn on the Cob and Red Potatoes

Cut the potatoes into similar sizes

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 cook. Don’t overcook the potatoes because the potato skins will separate from the potato, and the potatoes will become too soft. Test the potatoes with a fork about every 5 minutes for firmness while boiling. When the potatoes are close to being done, you will start to smell the potatoes. Make sure to cut your potatoes into similar size pieces before cooking them. This way, your potatoes will all 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 until the water starts boiling.

Put the cooked potatoes into a foil pan, dust the potatoes again with Old Bay Seasoning. Cover the pan with aluminum foil to keep the potatoes warm.

Next, 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 add give them more flavor and to the aroma of your cooking shrimp boil. Cover the corn on the cob and potatoes while the shrimp and sausage are cooking.

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. Cut the sausage into 2-ounce pieces for cooking.  The combination of sausage will enhance the flavor of your Shrimp Boil. 

Place the shrimp into 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 foil 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 jumbo size and this can make the meat a little tougher.

More Shrimp Boil recipe Tips

Shrimp Boil recipe

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 but 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!

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