Shrimp Boil

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So a few weeks ago, Patrick, Jon (a friend of ours) and I were out for drinks and we decided that we were a little hungry. Jon is a fellow foodie friend and he suggested that we go to The Boil for shrimp boil (he decided that this was our next destination after he heard that I’d never had a shrimp boil). So we walked to The Boil and had the most amazing shrimp I had ever tasted. For those of you who don’t know, a shrimp boil is the messiest, tastiest, and the funnest way to eat shrimp or any kind of seafood. They boil the shrimp with a mixture of seasonings, mix it with a buttery-garlicky, heavenly sauce and then toss it into a plastic bag with some corn and potatoes. Meanwhile, you are given a bib and maybe some gloves (I recommend the globes if you have any cuts on your hands) and then you dig in. Anyway, so today we tried making our own and it was, in my opinion, a huge success. I just wish we had some veggies (aka corn and potatoes) to go with it.

So let’s get started!


-2 lb shrimp, shelled and preferably with the head
-1 lemon
Seasoning (you can use old bay seasoning if you have it):
-2 1/2 tsp paprika
-1/4 tsp allspice
-2 tsp garlic salt
-1 tsp lemon pepper
-1 tsp ground black pepper
-1 tsp onion powder
-1 tsp cayenne pepper (I used about 1/4 tsp because I’m not too huge a fan of the spicy)
-1 1/4 tsp dried thyme
-1 1/4 tsp dried oregano
-2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp sugar
-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (I did about 1/4)
Butter Sauce:
-1 stick of butter
-8-9 cloves of garlic
-The seasonings from above (so you should have two bowls of seasoning)
-small potatoes or a few potatoes that have been quartered
-corn, snapped into smaller pieces


  1. Rinse and drain the shrimp. Bring a big pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, mix together the seasonings in two different bowls. Dice the garlic cloves and set aside. Cut the lemon into quarters and set aside.
  2. In a smaller pot, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add in the seasonings and let the butter simmer.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add in seasonings, lemon wedges and vegetables. Cook the vegetables until they’re fork tender and set aside. Cook the shrimp for 2 minutes and drain. Combine the vegetables and the shrimp in a large mixing bowl, add in the butter sauce and mix.

I suggest, if you have one, pour the shrimp and vegetables in the large plastic bag. This way the butter-garlic sauce is better spread over the shrimp and vegetables. The seasonings can be changed in accordance to your taste! I’ll definitely be making shrimp boil again and I think it’s definitely worth it! It literally takes less than 30 minutes!

Hugs and puppies!


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