Celebrate summer and create memories around the table with this Easy One Pot Shrimp Boil flavored with melted garlic butter.
When I first move to the US, I went to a summer party where they served a very unique and rather interesting dish made out of a combination of seafood and vegetables, boiled together and served on newspaper. The whole concept felt truly fascinating to me, because I grew up eating a lot of seafood but never would I think to ‘boil’ seafood alongside corn and potatoes.
Come to find out, this popular New England and Southern dish has several names, from New England Clam Bake, Lowcountry Boil, Seafood Boil, Shrimp boil… to name a few, which is technically supposed to be the ‘catch of the day’ boiled in a large pot with other local fresh picks such as corn on the cob and potatoes.
My intuitive take on Shrimp Boil at the time, included the concept of a low-key feast aimed to feed a crowd. Furthermore, a Seafood Boil was served in celebration and appreciation for the work of fishermen, and thankfulness for the catch, much like a Thanksgiving summer style 🙂
Although originally some of these concepts proved to be true, nowadays people from coast-to-coast enjoy Shrimp Boil as a delicious alternative for a summer gathering.
Shrimp Boil is basically a big pot of seasoned boiling water where you cook everything. Off course some ingredients will require more time to cook then others, so you add things accordingly.
For this recipe I made sure you only need to add things twice, because if you are anything like me and get easily distracted when you have company, which is probably the perfect time to make this Shrimp Boil – things can get out of hand.
So, you are looking into a two-step mission in this recipe. Easy enough ha? Most recipes will ask you to add the potatoes first and then the corn, but because I am using tiny potatoes sliced in half, it will require the same amount of cooking time as the corn. On the second batch you add the already cooked sausage, shrimp and onions for 3-5 minutes and done!
Celebrate summer and create memories around the table with this easy One Pot Shrimp Boil flavored with melted garlic butter. Serve on a sheet pan or the traditional way, on a newspaper that uses water or soy-based ink.
- 3 ears corn, cut into thirds
- 1 lb honey gold potatoes (or any small bite size potatoes), halved
- 1 lb shrimp
- 12 oz (4) smoked sausage cooked, cut into thirds
- 1 bag (12 oz) frozen pearl onions
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 6 tbsp butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp bay seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 1 tsp salt
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. When boiling add in the corn (cut into thirds) and potatoes (halved) along with fresh thyme, bay seasoning, bay leaf, lemon and salt. Boil for 10-12 minutes.
- Add in shrimp, sausage and onion. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile melt butter and minced garlic together.
- Using a slotted spoon transfer everything to a large baking sheet. Pour garlic butter over shrimp and veggies. You can either serve it as is or broil for 3-5 minutes for a touch of color.