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Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Boil


For a leisurely meal that's great for sharing, spread the shrimp and sausage boil on wide sheets of butcher paper and dig in.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2009


  • 1 serrano or jalapeno chile, halved lengthwise
  • 2 celery stalks, halved
  • 1 medium onion, quartered through stem end
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning, plus more for serving
  • 1 pound red new potatoes
  • 2 ears corn, husks and silks removed, quartered
  • 1 pound smoked andouille sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound large shell-on shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce


  1. In a large pot, combine chile, celery, onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning, and 10 cups water; bring to a boil. Add potatoes and reduce to a rapid simmer. Cook until potatoes are almost tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add corn and sausage to pot. Cook until potatoes and corn are cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove pot from heat. Stir in shrimp and let stand until shrimp are opaque throughout, about 1 1/2 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid; drain shrimp mixture and return to pot. Add butter, 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning, hot sauce, and reserved cooking liquid and toss to combine. Serve with more seafood seasoning.

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  • AmberS
    11 JUN, 2013
    The only change I made was adding about 4 times as much garlic. With that said, I followed the rest to a "T", and we absolutely LOVED it! Great flavors, and extremely easy!
  • choiceweb
    6 MAR, 2010
    The Seafood seasoning above is a mixture of dried spices. People do this recipe with live crawfish in Louisiana especially during Lent, so there are all kinds of brands to try. Outside of Louisiana and surrounding states, it looks like people use Old Bay. This recipe is great and I agree mushrooms do well.
  • dinomom
    28 AUG, 2009
    I used Old Bay seasoning and this was very good. I pulled some out before I added the hot sauce and even the kids loved it!
  • GrandeeSmith
    28 AUG, 2009
    What is the seafood seasoning? Cocktail sauce type thing?
  • Myers4051
    28 AUG, 2009
    Mushrooms are great in this boil also!