Here is a Friday Flashback that will get you ready for Labor Day —– with a no labor party idea! Really, so easy and so fun!

Shrimp Boil Recipe

A shrimp boil is one of my favorite parties —–no dirty dishes. This is also a completely portable party. My favorite spot is on the beach. When we have a large crowd, we borrow an extra turkey fryer or two. The following recipe uses 1 large 34 quart turkey fryer with a strainer basket that goes almost to the top of the pot. One pot serves about 10-12 people.

First cover your entire table with freezer paper, shiny side up. Let the cooking begin!

Printable Shrimp Boil Shopping List and Instructions

Fill turkey fryer about 2/3 full of water. Bring to a boil and add 2 pkgs of Zatarain’s Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil in a Bag, 1/4 – 1/2 bottle Zatarain’s Shrimp and Crab oil, 1 cup of salt and garlic. Boil for 15 minutes


Add potatoes, boil for 7-8 minutes


Corn goes in next for 5 minutes (if corn is frozen you might need to turn up the heat for a minute to get your water boiling again)


Add kielbasa, cook for 8 minutes


Add onions, and squeeze lemon juice into pot and then toss the lemons into the water, boil 3- 4 minutes (oops picture is wrong – add the garlic at the beginning!)


Add shrimp and cook 5 minutes or just until shrimp turns pink.


Turn off the heat, immediately pull basket from the water and let drain. (If you want things a bit spicier, turn off the heat, put in a small bag of ice, let sit 15 minutes, then drain and serve)


Pour contents of basket onto your freezer paper covered table


Serve with sliced baguette sprinkled down the table and bottles of squeeze butter, cocktail sauce and spicy mustard. Remember NO knives, forks, spoons or plates allowed! This is all finger food and condiments are squeezed directly onto the table! When finished just roll up the paper and give everyone a finger wipe! A big thanks to our dear friends Jeff and Cathy for showing us how to have the best party ever!


Put on some Zydeco
(zi-dee-coe) music and have a great time!

….and if you really want to party, we like to serve these awesome Margaritas(for adults only) at our Shrimp Boil

Simple and Delicious Margaritas

1 12 oz. can of frozen limeade
12 oz. 7-UP or Sprite (just fill up limeade can to measure)
12 oz. Tequila (again that limeade can is handy)
1 12 oz. Corona or Tecate Beer

Mix and serve over ice! Oh my these are good!

So if you are looking ahead for a fun party idea for labor day that requires very little labor (no dishes) give a shrimp boil a try!  Have a great weekend!

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  1. I recently followed your instructions (I bookmarked it from when you originally posted it) and our guest absolutely LOVED it. The margaritas were a hit too. The printable shopping list and instructions is fantastic too. Thank you!

  2. We have followed this recipe many times and it is always FANTASTIC! Our favorite party! Thank you, STML, for introducing us to this fun event!

  3. oooh – that’s our favorte margarita recipe too! And we love our shrimp boils in the south!

  4. We’ve done this a few times – including for Christmas dinner. It is a hit – always!! Lots of fun and great food!

  5. Oh that is such a great idea. I wish I had a turkey fryer. Could I do it with a big pot on the bbq?

  6. Squeeze butter, what is this marvel? We don’t have such wondrous things in Canada, where I live, or in England, where I was born!

  7. That’s EXACTLY how we do it (well, my folks, really). I grew up in Florida where fresh shrimp abound and my dad puts on several shrimp boils every year! The kids and I were just there visiting this summer and in one month he cooked THREE shrimp boils (have to get my fix because I live in Colorado)!!

    We even do the same dump-it-out method!!

  8. This sounds wonderful. I like to add a few other things: whole carrots and mushrooms (put the mushrooms in a bag to keep them all together.
    We eat ours hot, not served over ice. I also make a dip that has mayonnaise, catsup, just a little bit of A-1 sauce, and lemon juice. I use this also when we boil crawfish.
    Loving it in Louisiana!

  9. Wow this looks really easy. I’ve never done a shrimp boil because I thought it would be too much trouble. Thanks for posting!

  10. Friends did a shrimp boil for us once summer swim visit a few years ago and it was fun for everyone to get their hands on some great interactive food. Ironically, some of those same friends just made these margaritas for our bbq just a couple of weeks ago. What a great party to bring it all together! :>

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