Labor day is almost here, don't let summer end without a Southern Shrimp Boil! Full disclaimer, I am not Southern...but I do love shrimp. Seriously, this is an easy meal. It is something different from steaks and burgers and provides a warm, family-style meal! Pair with Rosé for best results.
I created my shrimp boil from a few different recipes. Here's what you need:
- 2 lemons, halved, plus 1 lemons sliced for serving
- 1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 4 ears corn, husked and snapped in half
- 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, unpeeled
- I package Johnsonville Andouille or Smoked Rope Sausage, sliced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Optional: Hot sauce for serving, 1 pd potatoes, scallops or crayfish
- In an 8-quart stock pot, bring Old Bay, salt, water and lemons wedges to a boil
- **Pro Tip: Keep the vent above the stove on and lid on the boil pot, Old Bay seasoning is potent!**
- Add onions; cook over high heat for 8 minutes
- Optional: add potatoes at this point
- 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
- **Pro Tip: if you really are going Southern lay out newspapers across a long table then spread the boil contents across the table for family-style finger food** Enjoy!!!