Low Country Shrimp Boil
As soon as the crickets and cicadas start singing, it's bound to be springtime. Today was sublimely gorgeous, and to celebrate, I toted home 3 pounds of massive shrimp caught just this morning from New Orleans for a good old shrimp boil. Here's how to do one yourself.
This recipe is for two hungry people, or a great appetizer for 4. We will be cooking the below recipe in two batches to make enough for a whole meal.
- 3lbs fresh (not frozen) head-on, shell-on shrimp. If you can't get these, then substitute the peeled variety, but never cooked or frozen.
- 6 small lemons
- 1lb small red potatoes or even fingerling potatoes will do
- 8-10 cloves garlic
- 2 medium onions
- 3 bay leaves
- 6 small "nibblers" half-size ears of corn
- 1lb sausage, dealer's choice
- 1 bag Zatarain's Crab Boil "In Bag" (3oz)
- 4oz Zatarain's liquid Shrimp & Crab Boil Concentrate
Rinse shrimp with cool water and remove any broken legs or antennae. Divide into two servings, then set aside. Quarter the lemons, halve the potatoes, and rough chop the onion. Cut sausage into 2 inch long pieces. Peel 8-10 garlic cloves. Over a medium-hot flame, boil 1.5 gallons of water with Zatarain's Crab Boil, Zatarain's Concentrate, and bay leaves. Once to a boil, add half the prepared lemons, potatoes, onion, sausage, corn, and garlic. Allow to boil for approximately 15 minutes until potatoes are just soft. Add one half of the whole shrimp, and turn heat down to medium. Cook for 3-4 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp (larger take longer). Turn off heat and leave to steep for 2 more minutes. Using a strainer or colander, remove all contents excepting bay leaves, lemons, and Zatarain's bag. Return liquid to a boil, and add second batch of lemons, potatoes, onion, sausage, corn, and garlic. Repeat the boiling process, adding shrimp after 15 minutes and then turning off heat after shrimp are cooked for a few minutes, then strain.
Peel and eat shrimp and accoutrement once cool to the touch!
TIP: If you have too many potatoes leftover a great idea is to smash them with sour cream into a savory mashed potato side for later!
Bonus Recipe: Alan's Creamy Cocktail Sauce
- 1/2 cup Ketchup
- 1/8 cup Mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, or Salad Cream
- 1tbsp lemon juice
- 2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2tbsp Prepared Horseradish
- 1tsp onion powde
- 1tsp ground pepper