Sizzlin' Summer Shrimp Boil Recipe
We love a good shrimp boil at The Cheeky residence! Even one of our wedding weekend events had a shrimp boil as the main event. Perfect for a large gathering, totally manageable as the host, and a definite crowd pleaser! You can't really go wrong with one. Here's our not-so-secret #cheekyfamily (and by that I mean Nate's 😁) recipe.
Serves 20 - 25
Prep Time : ~60 - 90 minutes
Cook Time : ~50 minutes
15 pounds shrimp (we recommend a local shrimper or seafood joint, especially if you're near the coast)
5 lemons, halved
12 pounds small red potatoes
40 frozen half corns on the cob or 20 full corns cut in half (if corn is in season, get fresh)
10 pounds Andouille sausage
1 cup Zataran's shrimp + crab boil (this will be pretty mild, so if you’re looking for spicy: double or triple!)
Bring water to boil
Add potatoes, cook 15 - 20 minutes, then check. You want them to still be tender, but you can pierce it with a fork easily. They’ll be slightly more than halfway cooked.
Add sausage, cook 10 - 15 minutes
Add corn, cook 7 - 10 minutes
Add shrimp, cook 2 - 3 minutes
Remove from heat right away
Serve piping hot
Other tips :
If you're at the beach or in a windy place, you'll want to block your pot while it's coming to a boil. It will have a dramatic impact on boiling time. If you can't or don't, plan for more than 1 hour of to boiling in a large pot.
Serving : dump everything onto a table that's covered (we've used newspaper, serving trays, a sheet, and a disposable table cloth before), plan for a little bit of a mess, but a lot of good food! Use paper plates! Have lots of to-go containers for your guests and for yourself.
The Pot : we have a commercial grade size (~40 - 60 quarts) with a strainer - make sure all ingredients land in the strainer!
Heat Source : plan for a burner fueled by propane. Ideally, you cook everything outside.
Shrimp : buy shrimp that's already peeled and de-veined. Once you find your shrimper, CALL AHEAD. Sometimes you can't get that much shrimp on the spot.
Dips : we love horseradish, cocktail sauce, and BBQ sauce.
Leftovers : Have a low country scramble the next morning! Add everything, except the corn, into a skillet and cook with eggs!
[Update] : try adding vidalia onions (3 for the above quantities)
ENJOY! Make sure to stop back by here and tell me how it was below!
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