Shrimp Boil

Shrimp BoilRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

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


Makes 8 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 40 Minutes


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


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.