Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Boil

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!