Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe

a large, shallow bowl of corn, shrimp, sausage, and potatoes (a shrimp boil)

This shrimp boil is an easy, delicious, fun way to get a complete meal on the table!


  • 3 pounds red potatoes, cut in half
  • 4 ears of corn, husk removed and cut in half
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup Old Bay seasoning, or other Cajun seasoning of choice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 ounces andouille sausage, chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds large shell-on shrimp
  • 2 lemons, halved, plus additional lemon wedges for serving
  • Chives, finely diced, for serving


  1. Add the potatoes, onion, garlic, bay leaves and Cajun seasoning to a large 8-10 quart stockpot.
  2. Fill the pot halfway up with 4-5 quarts of water, then cover and place over medium-high heat. Let cook for 20 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.
  3. Squeeze two lemons into the pot then add the lemon halves, sausage, and corn to the pot and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, until the shrimp turns pink and curls in on itself, then remove the pot from heat.
  5. Remove the shrimp and vegetables from the pot and transfer them to a large serving platter or sheet pan. Serve with additional lemon wedges and a sprinkle of finely diced chives.

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