Old Bay Shrimp Boil

"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."
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  • 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


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

Questions & Replies

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  1. Vicki M.
    Would it hurt to put some okra in this boil ?
  2. mfkduke1
    Can you use fresh corn on the cob and cut it into smaller pieces?
  3. Lightboy1
    Can you cut this recipe in half ? Thx
  4. Claresta F.
    Why use frozen and not fresh corn??
  5. Debra C.
    Can I substitute the seafood for maybe turkey necks ? But the same ingredients


  1. Tim S.
    • Review photo by Tim S.
  2. horker1
    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.
  3. DutchOven
    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.
  4. Keyser S.
    Been doing boils for years. I alter the recipe by including spicy Italian sausage, purple potatoes, and crawdads we catch locally.
  5. huerfano
    Great recipe but use 24 ounces of dark beer and chicken stock instead of water or add 3 teaspoons of better than bullion to the water.


  1. Denise M.
    Sounds good, but I just can't phantom not deveining the shrimps first.
  2. Laura Z.
    to make it authentic you have to add a lemon cut up and 4-5 bay leaves and 1 big vidalia onion cut rough to the water and Andoulli sausage makes a world of difference in taste. Secret is get water boiling, add baby red potatoes wait 10 minutes, add corn and sausage wait 10 minutes, then drop in shrimp soon as they turn pink they are DONE don't overcook those crustaceans.
  3. Anonymous
    Do I take off the tails from the shrimp? Of leave them on? They only had jumbo Devine’s and peeled shrimp already cooked, is that ok???
  4. praizegod_10910619
    I used old bay garlic, mix of dried rosemary garlic, and smoked paprika for the spice. Extra cloves of garlic for the boil as well. Some here can't have it to hot. Put a little cayenne on my own when finished. Awesome recipe
  5. hrwhitt14
    I like to add mushrooms to mine!



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