Easy One Pot Shrimp Boil

This shrimp boil recipe is super easy, and you can make it in one pot. However, the pot I use is pretty big. It’s 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.

Easy One Pot Shrimp Boil


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I made this recently when my brother-in-law come over for dinner. He’s a single guy and a huge fan of shrimp, so I made extra for him to enjoy later in the week.


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 on sticking more to the corn which floated to the top of the pot. It made the corn extra tasty.

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A classic shrimp boil with Old Bay somehow screams summer and the beach to me, but like I said, there is no reason you can’t make this any time of year.

Here’s the Recipe:


Easy One Pot Shrimp Boil

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 -10


  • 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


  1. In a large stock pot combine water, beer, lemon and Old Bay seasoning.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add potatoes. Bring back to boil and cook for 12 minutes.
  4. Add the Kielbasa and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the corn and cook for 7 minutes
  6. Add shrimp and cook for 4 minutes.
  7. Remove all pieces to a large platter and serve.

This one pot shrimp boil recipe is easy to make for a crowd. Combined with the flavors of beer and old bay seasoning to create a fun meal any time of year.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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