A shrimp boil party is one of my favorite kinds of parties – feed a crowd with no dirty dishes! This is also a completely portable party. My easy shrimp boil recipe makes for an instant success no matter where you are! Read on to pull off the ultimate shrimp boil.

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Hosting the Perfect Shrimp Boil

My favorite spot is on the beach, but a classic shrimp boil is a meal that’s perfect for outdoors anywhere. Between the fresh shrimp, lemon wedges, the ears of corn and sausage, this meal is a sure summertime hit.

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. When we have a large crowd, we borrow an extra turkey fryer or two.

Ready to get started? First, cover your entire table with freezer paper, shiny side up. Now let the cooking begin!

Shrimp Boil Shopping List

Here is everything you need to host a shrimp boil:

  • 2 Zatarain’s Crab “n” Shrimp Boil in Bags
  • 1/2 bottle Zatarain’s Crab “n” Shrimp Boil oil
  • 1 Cup salt
  • 3-4 large onions (peeled and quartered)
  • 2 lemons cut in half
  • 6-10 whole ears of corn, cut in half, or 12-24 frozen small corn on the cob
  • 3 lbs Kielbasa cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 3 pounds large raw shrimp in shells (about 25 per lb)
  • 2 whole bulbs garlic, unpeeled with top sliced off
  • 18-24 small red potatoes
  • Freezer paper
  • Squeezable butter, spicy mustard and cocktail sauce
  • 2 baguettes sliced into 1 inch slices
  • 1 34 quart turkey fryer with strainer basket that goes almost to the top of the pot

Download this handy Printable Shopping List and Instructions to help you gather all your supplies!

How to Host a Shrimp Boil

First, fill the turkey fryer about 2/3 full of water. Bring to a boil and add your shrimp boil seasoning. My recipe calls for 2 packages of Zatarain’s Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil in a Bag, 1/4 – 1/2 bottle Zatarain’s Shrimp and Crab oil, and 1 cup of salt and garlic. Boil for 15 minutes.

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Next, add your potatoes, and boil for 7-8 minutes.

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

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Now add kielbasa, cut into two-inch pieces. Cook for 8 minutes.

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Add onions. 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!)

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Now add shrimp, and cook 5 minutes or just until shrimp turns pink. Remember not to overcook the shrimp!

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Turn off the heat, and immediately pull basket from the water and let drain.

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Shrimp Boil Recipe

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5 from 13 votes

Shrimp Boil

EASY & FUN Party idea. Guests will love this delicious meal and you will love the easy clean-up.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 34 quart turkey fryer with strainer basket that goes almost to the top of the pot

Ingredients  

  • 2 Zatarain’s Crab “n” Shrimp Boil in Bags
  • 1/2 bottle Zatarain’s Crab “n” Shrimp Boil oil
  • 1 Cup salt
  • 3-4 large onions peeled and quartered
  • 2 lemons cut in half
  • 6-10 whole ears of corn cut in half or 12-24 frozen small corn n the cob
  • 3 lbs Kielbasa cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 pounds large raw shrimp in shells about 25 per lb
  • 2 whole bulbs garlic unpeeled with top sliced o
  • 18-24 small red potatoes
  • Freezer paper
  • Squeezable butter
  • spicy mustard
  • cocktail sauce
  • 2 baguettes sliced into 1-inch slices

Instructions 

  • Bring water to a boil in a covered pot with large strainer basket (ll pot 2/3 full)
  • Add garlic, Zatarain’s spice bags, Zatarain’s oil and salt – boil for 15 minutes
  • Add potatoes – boil for 7 – 8 minutes
  • Add corn – boil for 5 minutes (if corn is frozen you may need to turn up the heat to get the water boiling again)
  • Add kielbasa – boil 8 minutes
  • Squeeze lemons into pot and then throw them in along with the onions – boil 3 – 4 minutes
  • Add Shrimp – boil for about 5 minutes or just until shrimp turns pink –don’t overcook.
  • If you don’t want to eat right away, turn off heat, pour a bag of ice into the pot and let sit 15 minutes,
  • drain and pour onto table covered in freezer paper.
  • OR
  • Turn off heat lift basket out of pot, allow to drain and then immediately pour onto your table covered with freezer paper (shiny side up).
  • Sprinkle sliced baguette down the table. Serve with squeezable butter, mustard and cocktail sauce–squeezed directly on the table. Encourage guests to squeeze cloves of garlic onto corn and potatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 876kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 365mg | Sodium: 11627mg | Potassium: 2046mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 8mg
Servings: 12
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

Ready to serve your shrimp boil? Pour contents of basket onto your freezer paper-covered table.

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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!

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

A big thanks to our dear friends Jeff and Cathy for showing us how to have the best party ever!

Shrimp Boil Tips

  • I use shell-on shrimp and prefer the larger sizes. If you use shelled shrimp, cook for only 3 minutes!
  • Shrimp cook very fast. If they start to curl into a circle, you’re overcooking them.
  • If you don’t want to eat right away, turn off the heat, pour a bag of ice into the pot and let sit 15 minutes, drain and pour onto the table.
  • OR Turn off heat, lift the basket out of the pot, allow to drain and then immediately pour onto your table covered with freezer paper (shiny side up).
  • Serve with extra lemon wedges and garlic at the table.
  • Serve with hot sauce if you’ve got some spice fans at your party.
  • If you’re having a bigger dinner, there’s plenty of food that goes great with a shrimp boil. Coleslaw, mac and cheese, and pasta salads are all easy cookout staples.
  • Some recipes call for adding crab or crayfish into the shrimp boil. It’s all good!

How do you devein a shrimp?

Raw shrimp are sometimes deveined, but not always. The “mud vein,” the black line on the back of a shrimp, is its digestive tract. It won’t hurt you to eat, but many people find it kind of gross when it’s filled with grit.

If you want to devein your shrimp before your shrimp boil, just use a sharp paring knife to make a cut along the top of the back. Then take the tip of the knife and slip it under the mud vein. It comes out of big shrimp pretty easily.

Remember to wash your hands well after handling the shrimp!

How do you make a boil? Got any shrimp boil recipe variations or serving tips? Leave a comment!

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Comments

  1. So many wonderful tips in this post! Thank you for all the thought and time you took in writing it!

  2. I love a good shrimp boil! It’s such a fun way to have people over, and always so delicious.

  3. I first made this for my 40th b-day bash and it rocked! None of this burgers and dogs bbq stuff – just dump out the pots, and chuck the corn cobbs in the farmer’s field when your done.

    My friend’s dad moved his extended family’s Christmas gathering to fall just so he could do an outside shrimp boil party.

    I’ve made this before during Lent, but it isn’t the same without the kielbasa. Make sure to get good kielbasa – the type that is firm and you can see the texture in the meat.

    I also take the garlic out of the water, squeeze it in to a bowl and mash it together with butter for use on the corn and any bread we have.

  4. I have been doing shrimp boils longer than I can remember. It was one of my Dad’s favorite things to do when we were growing up. Now in memoriam to him I have been doing them for my birthday for about 5 years now, if not more. I was so pleased to find your instructions years ago, too. Even though I would consider myself an old hat at this, your instructions & timing make it simple to follow that when I get caught up in great conversation I can rely on a couple more friends to help out. All they have to do is listen for the timer and follow your easy breezy instructions that I have printed out for them to follow and reset the timer for the next drop in of ingredients. Thank you!!!

  5. I am a “Yankee” living in the deep south of Alabama and I have been looking at recipes to do a shrimp boil and I used this one. I set up my shrimp boil pot and my ipod and a simple kitchen timer outside wtih all of the ingrediants.
    It turned out GREAT! Everybody loved it and I will be doing this many more times again.
    I loved the picture by picture recipe, thanks to whoever made it!

  6. EXCELLENT instructions for a shrimp boil! Everything came out perfectly and was done just right! The only change I made was to skip the concentrate oil, I only used the bags. A suggestion from a southern friend told me that Ohioans aren’t used to that much spice. I got a few comments about it vein to spicy but for the most part 2 seasoning bags was perfect. So beware if you have friends who arent used to spiciness everything else here is perfect and makes the process easy. I even used the same water to make two batches. Still very flavorful! Thanks again for posting this and sharing 🙂

  7. EXCELLENT instructions for a shrimp boil! Everything came out perfectly and was done just right! The only change I made was to skip the concentrate oil, I only used the bags. A suggestion from a southern friend told me that Ohioans aren’t used to that much spice. I got a few comments about it vein to spicy but for the most part 2 seasoning bags was perfect. So beware if you have friends who arent used to spiciness everything else here is perfect and makes the process easy. I even used the same water to make two batches. Still very flavorful! Thanks again for posting this and sharing 🙂

  8. Awesome recipe. Gonna try it next month during our annual family camping trip. Was wondering if crawfish could be added or perhaps another seafood item.

  9. i love boil shrimp and my family love`s it to and your serving sugestion is the best thank you

  10. My family loves this recipe. We have had two shrimp boils so far and we are having one tonight. Everyone needs to host a shrimp boil! 🙂

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