Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Every year in May we have a big Shrimp Boil. I got this recipe from Old Bay and we love it. Roll up your sleeves and dig in.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 (12 ounce) can beer
  • 8 medium red potatoes, cut in quarters
  • 2 large vidalia onions, cut in wedges
  • 2 lbs smoked sausage, cut in 2 inch lengths
  • 8 ears frozen corn on the cob, thawed (I use Birdseye Little Ears)
  • 4 lbs large shrimp, in shells


  1. In an 8-quart stock pot, bring Old Bay, salt, water and beer to a boil.
  2. Add potatoes and onions; cook over high heat for 8 minutes.
  3. Add smoked sausage; continue to cook on high for 5 minutes.
  4. Add corn to pot; continue to boil for 7 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp in shells, cook for 4 minutes.
  6. Drain cookin liquid; pour contents of pot into several large bowl or shallow pails.
  7. Sprinkle with additional Old Bay.
Most Helpful

5 5

I love this recipe - it's so easy and I actually scale it way back to .5 or 1 lb of shrimp and make it every couple of weeks in a saucepan. I usually add whole heads of garlic (extra skin and tops cut off) when I add the onions, and they're so delicious and spreadable and a great addition to the boil.

5 5

We made this tonight for New Years Eve (made 10 lbs of shrimp) and added broccoli and cauliflower at the time we added the shrimp. This is the best shrimp boil flavor I've ever had. FIVE STARS from everyone here. Thanks for posting!

4 5

Very good. I doubled the amount of Old Bay and added a heavy hit of cayenne, but we like things a little spicier. Also, I heartily recommend adding whole bulbs of garlic (the whole bulb, just slice off the top as if you were roasting it). A nice side to this is French bread and lots of ice cold beer.

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