Ever since I went to New Orleans (over a year ago, haha), I’ve wanted to make a cajun shrimp boil (normally I guess it would be crab, but shrimp was easier). Instead of the traditional southern crab/shrimp boil, I wanted to make one with a garlic butter sauce instead of just the dry seasoning. I found a few recipes online that I merged and modified and ended up with a successful boil.
- Serves 3-4
- 1.5-2 lb shrimp (head on preferred)
- 3 corn on the cob
- 1 sausage link
- 8 small potatoes
- 1 1/2 sticks butter
- 2 heads of garlic
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp each of: salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, paprika, granulated garlic, black pepper, cajun seasoning, sugar
- [Optional] 1 pack of spaghetti
- [Optional] 1-2 limes
Notes and tips
- You can adjust the amount of shrimp, corn, sausage, potatoes depending on preference.
- You can adjust the amount of spices depending on if you like a certain ingredient more of if you want it more or less spicy.
- You can technically cook everything in one pot, but I like to cook everything individually to ensure that everything is cooked well.
- Make some pasta on the side for a more filling meal.
- If you don’t want the sauce to be pure butter (but why wouldn’t you want that?), you can add some milk to dilute it a little bit, but still keep the creaminess.
Putting it together
- In a small bowl, mix all the spices together.
- Chop the garlic into chunky pieces.
- Slice the lemon.
- Wash and clean the shrimp.
- Cut the corn into 2-3 pieces.
- Cut the sausage link into 1 inch pieces.
- Wash the potatoes.
Boil a pot of water and cook the following. Repeat until everything is cooked.
If you are boiling everything in one pot, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add in the items per the time needed below.
- Potatoes – about 30 minutes
- Corn – about 15-20 minutes
- Sausage – about 5 minutes
- Shrimp – about 3-5 minutes or when they turn orange
- [Optional] Side of pasta – about 12-15 minutes depending on how firm/soft you like it.
- *Note: cook times may vary depending on the size of each item (i.e. large potato vs medium or small potato).
- In a large pot on medium heat, melt the butter with the garlic.
- Once the butter is melted, add the spices and stir. Add more for more cajun flavor and less for more buttery/garlic flavor.
Putting it together
- Once the butter and the spices are mixed, add potatoes, corn, sausage, and shrimp.
- Stir until everything is coated in the sauce.
- [Optional] Serve with side of pasta and limes.
This shrimp boil turned out so butter-y and so good! The sauce had so much flavor from the butter, to the garlic to the spices. Everything was cooked well and the sauce was so addicting that I couldn’t stop licking my fingers. My mom made a side of plain green beans to make the meal a little healthier. This meal is definitely meant to be made once in a while considering how much butter and salt goes into it, but I will definitely be making it again in the future!