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

Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
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


  • Add the potatoes, onion, garlic, bay leaves and Cajun seasoning to a large 8-10 quart stockpot.
  • 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.
  • Squeeze two lemons into the pot then add the lemon halves, sausage, and corn to the pot and cook for 5 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.