Low Country Shrimp Boil

Low Country Shrimp Boil ~ this iconic Southern feast is the ultimate one pot meal ~ Vidalia onions, potatoes, corn, Andouille sausage, and shrimp get layered into a large stock pot with Cajun spices ~ just add friends and lots of ice cold beer!

Low Country Shrimp Boil ~ this iconic Southern feast is the ultimate one pot meal ~ Vidalia onions, potatoes, corn, Andouille sausage, and shrimp  get layered into a large stock pot with Cajun spices ~ just add friends and lots of ice cold beer!

*I’m thrilled to be partnering today with the historic Italian company Lagostina and their gorgeous line of pans. 

Low Country Shrimp Boil ~ this iconic Southern feast is the ultimate one pot meal ~ Vidalia onions, potatoes, corn, Andouille sausage, and shrimp get layered into a large stock pot with Cajun spices ~ just add friends and lots of ice cold beer!

a shrimp boil is the ultimate one pot meal!

I’m bursting with excitement today because I’m sharing one of the most iconic summer meals, the classic shrimp boil. It’s a feast for all the senses with vibrant ingredients, enticing aromas, and flavors that can’t be topped. This easy meal is summer all piled up in a pan!

what’s in a low country shrimp boil?

Lol it’s almost easier to list what’s not in it!

  • corn ~ cut fresh corn on the cob into manageable pieces
  • sausage ~ Cajun Andouille smoked sausages are traditional
  • shrimp ~ leave the shells on, that makes them more fun to eat!
  • onion ~ sweet Vidalia, of course
  • beer ~ whatever you like to drink
  • Old Bay seasoning ~ a must
  • garlic
  • lemon
  • salt

TIP:  I’ve made this with fresh shrimp and I’ve made it with a bag of frozen, shell-on shrimp, and both worked beautifully. No need to thaw the frozen shrimp, just allow a little extra cooking time.

Everything cooks together in this seafood boil, with each ingredient going into the pot at different times, depending on how quickly they cook.

Low Country Shrimp Boil ready to eat!

The Lagostina large 6 quart stock pot with its drain basket is perfect for a good old fashioned shrimp boil. It’s large enough to hold all the ingredients as you layer them in, one at a time, depending on how long they need to cook.

how to cook a shrimp boil

It starts with making the simple stock. Water, beer, seasonings, garlic, and lemon bubble away for a few minutes before adding the onions and potatoes to the pot.

The sausage and corn are next into the pot, and finally the shrimp go in for the last few minutes.

After that it’s just a matter of lifting the basket, dumping out the delicious contents, and ringing the dinner bell! Traditionally a seafood boil is turned out onto newspaper right on a picnic table, with lots of hot sauce, and mayo dip handy. For a more elegant presentation bring it to the table in a skillet, bowl, or other large pan.

A final dusting of Old Bay, some fresh parsley, and lemon wedges finishes it off.

Classic Low Country Shrimp Boil recipe, the ultimate one pot meal!

what to serve with shrimp boil?

This festive meal is perfect for summer gatherings, and it’s pretty much a meal in itself, but if you want to add side dishes, I suggest…

Low Country Shrimp Boil ~ this iconic Southern feast is the ultimate one pot meal ~ Vidalia onions, potatoes, corn, Andouille sausage, and shrimp get layered into a large stock pot with Cajun spices ~ just add friends and lots of ice cold beer!

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Low Country Shrimp Boil

Low Country Shrimp Boil ~ this iconic Southern feast is the ultimate one pot meal ~ Vidalia onions, potatoes, corn, Andouille sausage, and shrimp get layered into a large stock pot with Cajun spices ~ just add friends and lots of ice cold beer!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American Southern
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 678kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts water
  • 12 ounces of your favorite beer
  • 1/3 cup Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 large Vidalia onion peeled and cut in 4 wedges
  • 1 lb baby red potatoes left whole, or halved if large
  • 4 ears yellow corn cut in 2 inch slices
  • 12 ounces Cajun Andouille smoked sausages
  • 1 lb shrimp shell on

Sriracha mayo dip

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Sriracha or other hot chili sauce to taste

garnish

  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • chopped fresh parsley
  • lemon wedges

Instructions

  • Put the water, beer, Old Bay, and salt in a large stock pot. Cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice into the pot, and drop the squeezed halves in too. Slice the top off the head of garlic to expose the cloves, and add it to the pot, along with the onion wedges. Bring the pot up to a boil and let it bubble away for 5 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes to the pot and let them cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the sausage and corn and let boil gently for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp to the pot, cover, and let cook for a few minutes more, just until they are cooked through.
  • Drain the pot and serve the boil with a sprinkling of Old Bay, fresh parsley, lemon wedges, hot sauce, and the Sriracha mayo dip.
  • Make the Sriracha mayo by stirring the chili sauce into the mayo to taste, start with 3 tablespoons and go from there.

Nutrition

Calories: 678kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 1618mg | Potassium: 1032mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 4mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Linda C
    June 22, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    5 stars
    Made this for supper tonight and it was very tasty! My husband who would rather have his shrimp battered and fried was not crazy about the shrimp or having to peel them. More for me! The corn, potatoes, sausage and onion parts got a thumbs up from us both. THX

  • Reply
    Laura
    July 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    5 stars
    Such a summery feast! I’m officially inviting myself over for dinner :).

  • Reply
    Carol Hyland
    July 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Congratulations KYMBERLEYE!!! What a great set to win!
    Thanks for organizing the contest, Sue!

  • Reply
    Amy L
    July 3, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    It’s been awhile since I’ve made a shrimp dish, and this one looks yummy!

  • Reply
    Shauna
    July 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Yay! Shrimp boil looks fab. Pots/pans make a beautiful backdrop to the colourful fare, and obviously a delicious supper!

  • Reply
    Denise
    July 3, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I hope you’re still taking entries! This recipe looks delicious and doable!

  • Reply
    2 Sisters
    July 3, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    5 stars
    Sue ! Your recipes are always so wonderful and what a fantastic giveaway! I live in the low country and make shrimp boil all the time – but your recipe sounds great and will definitely try it soon!

  • Reply
    Karin B
    July 3, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I love a good boil but never do I make them. Thanks for reminding me!

  • Reply
    Meredith M.
    July 3, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    A low country boil is my family’s favorite!! And the pots and pans look so well made and are just beautiful!

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