Old School Shrimp Boil Recipe

May 24, 2016

Old School Shrimp Boil Recipe

Great flavors, plus this is one of those things that is so fun to cook and eat – you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before. And if you have, why not more often?


  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: Makes six servings




  • 4 quarts water (16 cups)
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer
  • 1/2 cup seafood seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 2 pounds small red potatoes quartered
  • 2 yellow onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 pounds linguica (smoked sausage)
  • 8 ears fresh corn shucked and halved crosswise
  • 2 pounds unpeeled shrimp


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • Hot sauce to taste


  1. In a large stockpot (with a strainer) bring water, beer and seasonings to a bowl.
  2. While water comes to a boil, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire, parsley and hot sauce – mix well and set aside.
  3. Add potatoes and onions and cook 5 minutes. Add sausage, and cook 5 minutes. Add corn, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp and cook until just done – 3-4 minutes or just until done.
  4. Carefully drain the liquid and put shrimp etc in large bowls, or simply dump out onto a newspaper-covered table. Serve with sauce.

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