Carolina Low-Country Shrimp Boil

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

This recipe is AWESOME for Summertime dinner parties. After trying all different recipes, I came up with this one. It seems to work well for us and anyone who tries it. You can add cayenne if you like it more spicy as well as cayenne to kick it up. We like it just like this....

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In one large pot (one you would use to steam crabs or lobster) fill approximately 1/2 full with water.
  2. To pot add potatoes, sausage and lemons. Add 1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning and crab boil package.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Boil approx 10 minutes, add corn.
  5. Meanwhile melt 1 stick butter in other large pot.
  6. Add crushed garlic, beer, 1 tablespoon salt, 3-4 tablespoons pepper and approx 4 cups water.
  7. Bring to boil.
  8. You will add shrimp to this once pot the potatoes and corn are cooked. Only takes a few minutes (5-7) for them to turn pink once they hit the boiling water.
  9. While shrimp is boiling, drain potatoes and corn pot. Layering as you go, add 1/2 pound melted butter and generous sprinkles of more Old Bay seasoning in a large serving bowl.
  10. Should do about 4-5 times until this pot is empty. This adds great flavor!
  11. Drain shrimp pot. Place shrimp in large bowl. Sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning.
  12. Serve with garden salad, fresh bread, cocktail sauce, plenty of napkins and several bowls for de-shelling. Sometimes I use use several butter warmers with clarified butter, but it isn't a must. They taste great either way!
  13. Sweet iced tea and beer are typically the beverages for this meal.


Most Helpful

We served this tonight for my mom's birthday...only we added crab legs to the same pot the beer & shrimp was cooked in. Then for drinks, I made Peach was awesomely fantastic! I would definitely serve this again for the next special occasion.

Darlene S. September 12, 2015

This is the first boil I have ever made. Boy, was it extremely good. My husband and his parents could not believe I could cook this good and they don't like anything. My husband wants me to make it again.

Amber D. September 07, 2015

Nothing beats a Carolina Boil on a Saturday night on the porch with a cold stout beer! This recipe is very similar to mine. Only changes are that I slice the sausage into bite size and do a slight sear on the pieces before adding them to the pot. I also add a couple 16oz cans of diced tomatoes (adds body to the broth) and pearl onions. I like to use jumbo de-veined shell on shrimp, this is definitely a finger-food dish. Have added a couple photos for your reference.

Chef 165grNosler June 08, 2014

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