Shrimp Boil for Four

Boil, baby, boil!

So this is funny. When I was a little kid I used to think people were saying shrimp bRoil. And I’d be like, “I can’t wait for the shrimp broil!” And everyone would say, “It’s BOIL. Like boiling it in hot water.” Me, “Right! Broil. It’s gonna be so yumm” – “BOOOOIL.”

Now that I’ve typed the word boil 15,346 times I have no idea what it means. And it sounds weird in my head. Boil. Ew, I need an antidote. Phillip Phillips! Okay I feel better.


So a few weeks ago my F-I-L and B-I-L came up on a random Tuesday night so that we could practice a few songs for a family wedding we sang for in North Carolina. Which I’m going to tell you now; yes, I randomly made up goggledygook lyrics in the middle of one song, and no, I’m not going to show you the video. Hi, the back of my hair looked like a village of wild muskrats was nesting in it. And I’m being nice to myself.

So I pulled this shrimp boil together for dinner for my starving musicians and skip to my Lou, do you even know how seriously simple this is?

Chippidy chop, boilidy boil, drainidy drain, snarfidy snarf.


Oh! And dippidy dip. Into this pimp sauce with yogurt, horseradish, kay-chup and cayenne.

At first I was nervous and thought it was going to be this huge mess and that I was going to open up a can-tankerous (snaaaaap!) on them, but you guys, throw some parchment or newspaper down and get your crazy boil love affair on.

I’m pretty sure that was a run-on sentence.


I love shrimp broils! I MEAN BOILS.

Next time I’m making it for 4 HUNDRED MILLION.

Shrimp Boil For Four:

(adapted from Yum Sugar)

What it took for, well, 4. Maybe 5:

* 5 Tbs. creole seasoning (I used Tony’s)
* 2 lemons, quartered
* 4 cloves garlic
* 2 1/2 tsp cayenne, divided
* 8 – 10 small red potatoes, halved or quatered
* 2 andouille sausages, sliced
* 1 pound shrimp
* 3 ears corn, cut into 3-inch pieces
* 1/3 cup ketchup
* 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
* 2 Tbs. bottled cream horseradish

In a large pot of boiling water, squeeze the lemon juice, then stir in the lemon quarters, creole seasoning, 2 tsp cayenne, garlic, potatoes and a few good pinches of salt. Boil about 12 minutes, until the potatoes start to soften.

Add the sliced sausage and boil another 5 minutes.

Then stir in the shrimp and corn, boiling another 3 to 5 minutes. Put your head over that pot for a good creole face steam.

Carefully drain the liquid from the pot, leaving all the goods in it.

In the meantime, whisk together the ketchup, yogurt, 1/2 tsp remaining cayenne and horseradish in a small bowl. Taste it. ooooooooommmmmmmgggggg.

Then dump the boil out on a large table (you don’t have to do this part if messes ick you out), sprinkle some parsley over the whole shebang and serve with little dipping sauces for everyone.

Dig in!

*extra lil’ something to know. If you WANT, which you should want, you could toss the boil contents (why does that sound so serious?) with a little roasted garlic lemon butter after you drain the liquid. We did and there was world peace. Well, living room peace.

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29 Responses to Shrimp Boil for Four

  1. Brian @ A Thought For Food August 21, 2012 at 8:45 am #
    HA! I love how you are able to poke fun at yourself, all the while making it a rather personal story about your connection to this recipe. Seriously, it keeps me coming back every time and I always leave with a smile on my face. We don't do shrimp as much as we do lobster up here, but, heck, I'm down for anything that comes from the sea.
  2. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven August 21, 2012 at 9:16 am #
    This looks SO good!!! My family used to do shrimp broils/boils/whatever all the time growing up. Some of my favorite memories!! :)
  3. Tracey Evans August 21, 2012 at 11:28 am #
    I love a good shrimp boil! Looks good! Also loving the kitchen shots! :)
  4. Julie August 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm #
    Please show us your singing video! Come on, you can do it sista.
  5. Julia {The Roasted Root} August 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm #
    This is great! It brings back fond memories of going to Joe's Crab Shack last summer in Georgia when I was on a road trip. Looks like a ton of fun and non stop delicious!
  6. Kiran @ August 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm #
    Love the spelling here : kay-chup! :D And of course, everything else looks lip-smacking delish!
  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) August 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm #
    preeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetty please show the video?! no? ok, preeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetty please come to colorado and make this for me?
    • Katie August 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm #
      I second this. Come to Colorado and make this for US.
  8. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough August 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm #
    I want this in my face, right now. Looks SOOOOO yummy!
  9. Katie @ Blonde Ambition August 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm #
    What. Up. I'm never not boiling shrimp in cayenne and Cajun seasoning everrrrr again!
  10. Kristen August 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm #
    We have a shrimp boil every labor day weekend and it is one of my favorite parties of the year! So much fun.
  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm #
    I have never had a shrimp boil, but now I am trying to find a reason to have one! This looks amazing!
  12. Laurie {Simply Scratch} August 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm #
    I wannnnnna shrimp boil! Can I come over next time when you make 4 hounded million??
  13. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm #
    AHH!! I live in northern Florida and have friends from New Orleans and they do a lot of crawfish boils which I love. I heart this so hard.
  14. Amy Tong August 22, 2012 at 1:01 am #
    What a wonderful feast that you can whip up in such a short time! I gotta give this a try.
  15. DessertForTwo August 22, 2012 at 6:38 am #
    Whoa! I know you meant to make this shrimp boil for two, but instead, made it for 4 so you could have us over for dinner. You're so sweet!
  16. Heather Christo August 24, 2012 at 3:03 am #
    This is so beautiful! I love your boil. I want to make this asap!
  17. Rachel August 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm #
    Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I have always wanted to do this but was intimidated for whatever reason. This is totally doable though!! Thanks!!
  18. Pete August 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm #
    Did you use pre-cooked andouille?
    • Bev Weidner August 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm #
      Hi, Pete! I sure did!
  19. Krysten September 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm #
    Next time try using Zatarain's crab boil instead. Also, cut some whole onions and garlib bulbs in half, and throw them all in, skins and all. Trust me.
    • Bev Weidner September 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm #
      Alllll over it. :)
  20. Anonymous July 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm #
    I laughed out loud reading this. Love your writing and definitely going to try this recipe!
  21. Anonymous May 2, 2015 at 5:55 pm #
  22. Jackie May 26, 2016 at 2:48 pm #
    I made this last night and it was GREAT! This recipe is true to timing, and if your not on time the potatoes will be too mushy. I added 2 tsp of old bay and an onion. The sauce is just AWESOME!


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