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The Last Shrimp Boil Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Learn how to make a delicious Shrimp Boil!

Shrimp Boil Recipe

One of my very favorite things to cook is a big Shrimp Boil. It is so delicious and deceptively easy – anyone can boil water! And it makes SO MUCH FOOD. There is nothing better than a bunch of boiled shrimp, corn, and potatoes drizzled with butter when the weather is nice.

Here is my favorite recipe.


2 12 oz. bottles of lager or pale ale

8 quarts cold water

6 lemons

1 cup seafood seasoning

10 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

1 bunch of fresh thyme

2 lbs small, red potatoes

6 ears of corn, shucked & broken in half

2 lbs andouille sausage, cut into 2-inch chunks

2 lbs fresh shrimp with the peel

1 stick of butter, melted

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish



Pour the beer into a 12-quart stock pot (or larger). Add 8 quarts of cold water. Squeeze the juice from 4 of the lemons cut in half, keep the lemon rinds. Add the juice and the lemon rinds to the pot. Add seafood seasoning and crushed garlic cloves. Tie the bundle of fresh thyme together with kitchen twine and add it to the pot. Bring to a boil.

Bring the temp down to a simmer and add the whole potatoes and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the corn and sausage and simmer another 10 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 5 minutes.

Drain or skim and transfer to a large serving platter. Be sure to discard lemon rinds and bundled twine. Drizzle with melted butter and top with chopped parsley. Serve hot with lemon wedges.


Pro tips:

Serve with hot sauce if you like it extra spicy!

Invest in a skimmer! It makes getting it out of such a large pot much easier. But you can always use a slotted spoon or colander if you need to. Just be careful not to burn yourself if you use a colander! It is a lot of water!


Ready for more?! Check out this super easy Baked Jambalaya recipe! Or this article on 10 things you didn’t know about shrimp!