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.
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
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.
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.
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…
- Boston Market Style Cornbread Recipe
- Creamy Buttermilk Coleslaw
- Mediterranean Bean Salad
- Corn and Cucumber Salad
- French Potato Salad
more classic summer meals
- Easy Pasta Alla Checca
- Great Island Curried Chicken Salad Plate
- Grilled Chicken with Peach Jalapeño Salsa
- Salmon Cobb Salad
- New England Shrimp Rolls
Low Country Shrimp Boil
- 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
- Old Bay Seasoning
- chopped fresh parsley
- lemon wedges
- 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.
Questions and Reviews
Awesome! I just found you and your wonderful recipes….can’t wait to try them. Happy 4th!
I have always wanted to make this dish but as simple as it seems, I wanted a recipe. Thanks Sue! This might be my 4th of July dish.
Yum! Just love the food and festive camaraderie and fun of a boil. Sometimes we add lobster (bigger ones-from Maine), all guests (well, almost all) tear off and donate the tails to me (the cook). The next day we all gather at lunchtime and I serve leftover salads, corn on the cob and “to die for” lobster rolls made from the previous day’s donations. (Even to the greedy ones!). Top loading buttered & grilled rolls only, please!
Love your blog. You are indeed a creative, fun and excellent cook. Time for a cookbook! (Or is there one?) Also love your happy face picture!
Please enter my name in the contest. It’s time I’ve updated my pot stash. 🙂
They look great!
Looks delicious! Perfect meal for a gathering of friends over the holiday weekend!
Yum!!! You just solved my “what to serve” question! Happy Fourth!!!
What a beautiful dish… and those pans!!! Win (fingers crossed) or not.. I’ll be checking these out. Thanks!
Looks so yummy. Will definitely try it. Love your recipes!
This is reminding me of home (SW Louisiana). Definitely going to try it!
I love your rugbrød recipe and make it for all of my Danish friends. My starter has its own zip code in the refrigerator!! Also this morning I opened my new Cuisinart ice cream maker which I ordered after reading your blueberry ice cream posting. I ordered one for my niece too! Cant wIt to try it. The shrimp boil looks tasty and will be on my menu when th Wisconsin sweet corn is ripe. Keep up your great work!
Thanks for your support Marcia, I know for a fact that you’re going to get tons of use out of the ice cream machine…and the blueberry ice cream is truly to-die-for 🙂
The cookware looks amazing. Love your receipts.