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Shrimp Boil

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 40 mins

Makes 8 servings

This classic shrimp boil recipe is a wonderful, easy way to prepare fresh shrimp. 


  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
  • 1 (1.5-ounce) bag seafood boil seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 garlic bulbs, halved
  • 1 pound small red potatoes
  • 4 ears fresh corn, husks removed and halved
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch diagonal slices
  • 2 pounds large shrimp
  • French baguette, lemon wedges, melted butter, and Old Bay seasoning

How to Make It

  1. Bring 4 quarts water and first 7 ingredients to a boil in a 12-quart stockpot. Add potatoes; simmer 15 minutes. Add corn and sausage; simmer 8 minutes. Add shrimp, cover, and turn off heat. Let shrimp sit 10 to 15 minutes to absorb flavor.

  2. Drain liquid, and spread shrimp boil out on a newspaper-covered table. Serve with baguette slices, lemon wedges, melted butter, and Old Bay seasoning.