This one-pot shrimp boil recipe combined with the flavors of beer and old bay seasoning to create a fun meal at any time of year.
This shrimp boil recipe is super easy, and you can make it in one pot. However, the pot I use is pretty big. We always take it with us to the beach.
This meal is great for a crowd in the summer, with fresh corn on the cob, but since you can buy frozen ears of corn in the grocery store, you can make this delicious meal any time of year.
I made this recently when my brother-in-law came over for dinner. He's a single guy and a huge fan of shrimp, so I made extra for him to take home and enjoy later in the week.
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How to Make a Shrimp Boil
This shrimp boil is made in layers so that everything cooks for the right amount of time. It starts with the potatoes and ends with the shrimp. The last thing you want is tough shrimp.
The key ingredient is Old Bay Seasoning. My husband loves it. He puts it on corn and eggs and potato salad. It must have come from his love of steamed Maryland crabs growing up in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Some of this special seasoning ended up sticking more to the corn which floated to the top of the pot. However, that makes the corn extra tasty.
A classic shrimp boil with Old Bay somehow screams summer and the beach to me.
However, as I said, there is no reason you can't make this any time of year.
Easy One Pot Shrimp Boil
- 8 quarts of water
- 2 bottles/cans of beer 24 ounces
- 1 lemon cut in half
- 1 cup Old Bay seasoning
- 3 pounds red potatoes washed and cut in half
- 1.5 pounds of Kielbasa or smoked sausage cut into 3 inch lengths
- 6 ears of corn cleaned and cut in half
- 2 pounds large shrimp unpeeled and deveined
- In a large stockpot combine water, beer, lemon, and Old Bay seasoning.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add potatoes. Bring back to boil and cook for 12 minutes.
- Next, add the Kielbasa and cook for 5 minutes.
- Then the corn and cook for 7 minutes
- Finally, add the shrimp and cook for 4 minutes.
- Remove all pieces to a large platter and serve.
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