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Shrimp Boil


Red chile, garlic, onions, and Old Bay seasoning give this Low-Country classic its kick.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Frances Janisch

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2006


  • 2 lemons, halved, plus wedges for serving
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 large garlic head, halved horizontally
  • 3 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1 dried red chile
  • Coarse salt or sea salt
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme, tied together with kitchen twine
  • 1 pound new red potatoes, unpeeled, halved if large
  • 4 ears corn, husked, halved crosswise
  • 1 pound unpeeled large shrimp, shells slit lengthwise from top to halfway down back, deveined
  • Hot sauce, for serving


  1. Fill a large stockpot with 4 quarts water. Squeeze lemons into water; add rinds. Add bay leaves, seasoning, garlic, onions, chile, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.

  2. Add potatoes; simmer 12 minutes. Add corn; simmer 5 minutes. Add shrimp; cover, and simmer until opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer ingredients to parchment paper or a bowl. Sprinkle with salt; serve with lemon and hot sauce.

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