Gulf Coast Shrimp Boil
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Plan on at least 1 pound of shrimp per person. I add corn, potatoes and smoked sausage, but you can boil whatever you like alongside your shrimp.
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Serves: 6
  • 3 gallons water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3 bags shrimp boil seasoning or 1 cup Cajun seasoning mix
  • 4 whole lemons, halved
  • 3 pounds small red potatoes
  • 1 dozen ears frozen corn on the cob
  • 4 pounds smoked pork sausage links, cut into portions
  • 6 pounds large head-on fresh Gulf shrimp
  • Acadiana Table Cajun Seasoning Blend, see recipe here, optional
  • Cocktail sauce, for serving
  1. In a large stockpot over high heat, bring the water to a rolling boil. Add the salt, bags of shrimp boil seasoning and lemon halves. Continue to boil for 5 minutes as the water seasons.
  2. Add the potatoes and let boil for 10 minutes. Add the corn and sausage and boil for another 10 minutes. Add the shrimp and boil for 2 minutes longer and turn off the heat. Let the shrimp and all the other ingredients sit in the water for 5 minutes and then remove.
  3. Pile the shrimp, potatoes, corn and sausage together on a newspaper-lined table. Sprinkle on the Cajun seasoning if desired. Serve with cocktail sauce or your favorite dipping sauce and ice-cold beer.
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