Cajun Country Shrimp Boil

Cajun Country Shrimp Boil

Ready in 40 minutes

Spicy shrimp, hot potatoes, and tender corn. What's not to like?

"I toss the carrots in at the same time as the potatoes - otherwise they're a little crunchy. I also add the onions early for flavor too. The ingredients seemed kind of approximate - esp. the spices. I doubled all of the spice's amounts and still could have used more. I think the size of the pot and the amount of water makes a huge difference. The original recipe (Chef Rick) says add the amount of shrimp (in the recipe) per person, so that's what I did. Both times I cooked this recipe, people raved and KEPT EATING! It's really good. Thanks for posting."

- JoeSchell

Top-ranked recipe named "Cajun Country Shrimp Boil"

4.6 avg, 15 review(s) 92% would make again


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1/2 lb. Large shrimp; (10 - 15 count), in shell
3 Red bliss potatoes; 3 per person
1 ear Corn; 1 ear per person, cut in half
2 medium Lemon; cut in quarters
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne; pepper
1/8 teaspoon Cloves; ground
1/2 clove Garlic
1/2 Bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper; - coarse ground
2 dashes Tabasco; as required
1/2 lb. Keilbasa; (or all meat hot dog)
2 small Onions; 2 per person
1 Carrot; cut into 4ths per person
1 Crabs; (up to 2 per person)

Original recipe makes 1 Serving



Boil water in a large kettle on stove or outdoor cooker. Season water with salt and your choice of above flavorings along with the juice of two lemons or 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Add carrots, sausage and onions. Bring back to a boil. When potatoes and carrots are almost tender, add corn and crabs. Bring to a boil, then add shrimp. Cook a few minutes until shrimp are just done - they will be pink in color. Drain and pour into a basket or onto platters. Have cocktail sauce and Dijon mustard at hand.

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This is a real crowd pleaser!


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Shrimp boil: shrimp, sweet corn, potatoes, and polish kielbasa. So good and so easy to make! photo by jeffchristbaum jeffchristbaum

I am dieting so I left out the potatoes. This recipe was delicious!!! photo by MsHowardk MsHowardk

photo by promfh promfh

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This was delicious and a lot of fun. I'll definitely be making it again.
dakotarussell 2 weeks ago
danajames1 5 months ago
Wonderful! It was a big hit.
jafkitchen 8 months ago
Great dish and kids love it!
JASONBUFF 10 months ago
mquattlebaum 1 year ago
Super easy and authentic.
sassyjenn71 1 year ago
Finish vegies put in ice chest kick water up to a rolling boil doesnt matter how much water then turn fire down a bit a slow roll put shrimp in for rite at about a minute pull out water steam for thirty sec no meat left in the shell
Coonass27 1 year ago
shawnmartin 2 years ago
This was a fun recipe to do and very easy. I had to adjust according to the number of people we expected for dinner. I used 1 gal. H20 for ea. 6 people and multiplied all ingredients by # of people. I used 1.5 tsp of salt & 1 lemon / gal. water. I don't care for Tabasco so used Tapati'o Salsa Picante 2 dashes/person. I used the main recipe plus everything optional.
Gene7 4 years ago
This is a fantastic recipe I've made a half-dozen times. The only hard part for me has been making sure the potatoes are boiled long enough as they take longer than any of the other ingredients. I always add a variety of sausage. This recipe really wows the crowds, and is easy to make.
jeffchristbaum 4 years ago
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