Easy Weeknight Shrimp Boil

Easy Weeknight Shrimp Boil

Shrimp Boil scaled down for an easy weeknight meal.

Shrimp Boil, seafood boil, crawdad boil, Frogmore stew.  Whatever you call it its all basically the same thing. You have a type or a couple types of crustation ( ex: Shrimp, crab, crawdads, lobster……), carrots, potatoes, corn, and a sausage. Boiled together in a mix of seasonings. It’s traditionally served just thrown onto a large table for people to eat with their fingers. No plates or silverware. Great for large gatherings.

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Well, who wants to wait till someone decides to throw a party to eat this delicious meal. We eat it about once every week or two.  Then again for breakfast, if there are leftovers. It’s spicy, filling, and just plain good. If you never had it before play with the cayenne.  Cayenne is a heat that doesn’t hit you all at once it sort of sneaks up on you after a while and can really start burning.

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If you don’t have all the spices you can purchase the spices already mixed at your grocery store for pretty cheap. They are labeled Crab Boil or Shrimp Boil and are usually in the fish department. If you can’t find it at your local grocers or want to order online here is a good one for a $1.14.



Easy Weeknight Shrimp Boil

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 37 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4-6

Easy Weeknight Shrimp Boil


  • 4-5 carrots
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion
  • 1.5 qt water
  • 3 7 oz packs of John Morrell sausage
  • 2 ears of fresh corn cut into 3 sections each
  • 1 12 oz bag of raw shrimp
  • 3 red potatoes
  • Spices:
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 T salt
  • 4 tsp yellow mustard seed
  • 2 tsp dill seeds
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp black peppercorn
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 lemon (optional)


  1. Prepare the spice mixture.
  2. Peel and chop the carrots into large equal sections
  3. Chop the onion and garlic. If you prefer to use minced garlic use 2 T
  4. Add all of the carrots, onion, garlic, spices and water to a large pot
  5. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for twenty minutes
  6. While that is simmering
  7. Prepare the potatoes-
  8. Chop the potatoes into quarters or eighths if they are larger
  9. After twenty minutes
  10. Add potatoes cover, bring back to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 12 minutes
  11. While the potatoes are cooking you can get the corn peeled and cut into three sections each. Chop the sausage and get the shrimp ready.
  12. Turn the heat up to high,bring the pot to a boil
  13. Add the sausage and shrimp - I use frozen shrimp if you thaw it first reduce time. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  14. When the shrimp is almost done add the corn on the cob, remove from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes to warm up the corn and let the flavors blend.


If you use thawed shrimp reduce cooking time to 2-3 minutes, We also like the shrimp with shell on but you can use peeled as well. I prefer red potatoes but you can use any kind you like. Adjust the cayenne and red pepper if you do not like spicy foods. To make this meal easier they sell spice bags labeled Shrimp Boil.It's usually by the seafood department at most grocery stores.

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