Get ready for some finger-licking fun! Shrimp, potatoes, sausage, and corn boiled together with lots of spice!
Finger food at its finest!
You’re going to love this spicy garlic seafood boil recipe. It’s packed with so much flavor in every bite and requires very little effort to make. Not only that but it’s always an impressive option to serve up to guests if you’re hosting at events like birthdays or holidays like Christmas or the fourth of July. This old bay shrimp boil recipe is always well received and always as much fun to make as it is to share with friends and family.
Spicy seafood boil recipe
This recipe makes a lot of food, looks impressive, and pleases everyone! Best of all, it requires hardly any work on my part! So simple. If you can boil water, you can do a shrimp boil! I will say that you do need a few good stockpots, but that’s about it. Forks and plates are totally optional. A big table, paper towels, and newspapers preferred! Serve with butter and cocktail sauce on the side.
- Old Bay Seasoning
- Red potatoes
- Garlic cloves
- Smoked sausage
- Andouille sausage
- Corn on the cobs
- Shell-on uncooked shrimp
- Red pepper flakes
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Spicy Shrimp Boil
- Fill a large stockpot with water to the halfway point. Bring the water to a boil on the stovetop.
- Pour in the old bay seasonings along with the potatoes and garlic.
- Continue to boil for 15 minutes.
- Add in the sausage and boil for another 5 minutes.
- Add in the corn and boil for another 5 minutes.
- Finally, add in the shrimp, lemon, and red pepper flakes.
- Boil for another 5 minutes or until the shrimp has turned pink.
- Drain the water from the pot and serve.
How to make shrimp boil in the crockpot
- Whisk together the old bay seasoning, red pepper flakes, and 6 cups of water and set aside.
- Place the potatoes, garlic, lemon, and old bay mixture into a 6-quart slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 3-4 hours or until the potatoes are almost tender.
- Stir in the smoked sausage, andouille sausage, and all of the mini corn on the cob. Cook on high heat for 30 minutes.
- Stir in the shrimp and cook on high heat for another 20-30 minutes until pink.
- Drain the liquid well.
- Serve immediately.
How long to boil shrimp in the shell?
It really doesn’t take long at all to cook shrimp. Usually, it’s about 2-5 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp, and thanks to the shell on the outside a lot of heat protection is added so that the shrimp don’t overcook as easily as it would without it.
Can shrimp boil be frozen?
You can freeze leftovers for later. Place the seafood boil into an airtight container and remove as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to eat place it all into a crockpot over low heat for 6-8 hours with about 8 cups of added water.
Check out these other tasty shrimp recipes:
- Cajun Shrimp Mac and Cheese
- Creamy Shrimp Roll Sandwiches
- Homemade Shrimp Lo Mein Recipe
- Low Country Shrimp Boil
- Cajun Shrimp Quinoa Bowl
- One-Pot Shrimp Diablo
- Shrimp Tacos Recipe
Spicy Shrimp Boil
Get ready for some finger-licking fun! Shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn boiled together with lots of spice!
- 3/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning
- 3 lbs red potatoes, scrubbed and cleaned
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- 1 lb smoked sausage, cut into chunks
- 12 oz andouille sausage, cut into chunks
- 12 min corn on the cobs (frozen and thawed)
- 5 lbs shell on uncooked shrimp
- 1 whole lemon, halved
- 3 tablespoon red pepper flakes
- Fill a very large stockpot with water (I used two) halfway. Bring to a boil and pour in Old Bay seasoning along with potatoes and garlic. Continue to boil for 15 minutes. Add sausages and boil for 5 minutes. Add in corn and boil another 5 minutes. Finally add shrimp, lemon, and red pepper. Boil another 5 minutes or until shrimp have turned pink. Drain and serve.
Amount Per Serving Calories 721Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 41mgSodium 2671mgCarbohydrates 106gFiber 9gSugar 8gProtein 26g
Leah | So, How's It Taste? says
Nothing like a good shrimp boil!
Here here! Thanks Leah!
Samantha @FerraroKitchen says
I’ve always wanted to have a big shrimp boil at my place for the summer..I picture all our friends taking shells off and lots of newspaper lined floors..hahaha
I want to come to the party!! What a magnificent feast!
Somehow, food always tastes better when eaten with your hands.
You are so right!
We do a shrimp boil every year for the 4th of July! It’s such a great way to feed a crowd!
David @ Spiced says
This looks amazing! I grew up in the South Carolina low country and then I moved to Louisiana where crawfish boils are a way of life…and this post totally takes me back to those times. You nailed it! Thanks for an awesome post. 🙂
Nicole, RD says
One my friends always has a shrimp boil for Christmas every year. I thought it always sounded like so much fun to do…and to just throw it all across newspaper and serve? I mean, who wants to do dishes on Christmas? 🙂 Love!
Who want to do dishes any day! The newspaper is a must! Thank you Nicole!
Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy says
Love low country boil, so yummy!
Did you know that Costco carries commercial-kitchen-sized containers of Old Bay Seasoning?
OMG!! No I did’t know that! I’m putting that on my list! Thanks Janet!
Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) says
You’ve done your job! I’ve never made a shrimp boil, but you sold me on how it’s great for feeding a big group. Not only do I cook for my family of 6 (4 adults & 2 teens), but when we have more family over, we tend to go for pizza to feed everyone. This sounds easy enough and would be a really nice change of pace.
I really do make this several times a year. I find that people of all ages enjoy this meal! Thank you Brandie!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
I LOVE shrimp boils, Tanya! I have never added sausage to mine. I’ll have to try that next time! Thanks for the recipe 🙂
Now this is my kind of party! I love shrimp boils and your recipe looks delicious 🙂 Pinning!
Thanks Audra, it really is a fun meal!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Oh my goodness….I totally have to try this it looks amazing!! Awesome job with the shrimp Tanya!
Yes, I think you do need to try it!!!
Looks fantastic and makes me long for summer!
What a great recipe! I’ve never had a shrimp boil, but the fish boil in Door County is unreal!! I need to try this!