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June 13, 2017

Summer Shrimp Boil | Easy Entertaining

After the kiddie parade and a brief break for some running (for Emma... I had pizza), we made our way all the way to St. Louis to celebrate the Fourth at my sister's house (remember her kitchen?).  They hosted a fabulously simple Shrimp Boil for their friends followed by a walk to the 18th green for fireworks.

The Boil was the perfect thing to serve for the 4th - it is much like the annual Clambake we host at our house... that we still need to schedule for this year.

 Jill, Baby Kate, Samantha, Emma & Me


Corn waiting for its turn in the boil.  Aaaand a bottle of Blue Moon, of course.

Jill's husband was in charge of the Boil - he seasoned the water with Old Bay, peppercorns and onions.  It was so delicious - wonderfully seasoned.

Shrimp Boil
serves 8

1/3 cup of Old Bay Seasoning
1 onion, quartered
1 tablespoon of peppercorns
2 pounds of potatoes
2 pounds of smoked andouille sausage, 3-inch pieces
4 ears of corn, cut in half
2 pounds of large, shell-on shrimp (15-20 per pound)
4 lemons, halved
1 baquette

Bring a very large pot filled with water to a boil (a 12 quart pot, or so).  Keep adding the ingredients to the pot one at a time until everything is in - it will all finish cooking at the same time.

#1 - Season Water : Add Old Bay, onion and peppercorns.
#2 - Add potatoes, cook for 10 minutes.
#3 - Add sausage, cook for 3 minutes.
#4 - Add corn, cook for 3 minutes.
#5 - Add shrimp, cook for 3 minutes.

Remove from boiling water and "dump" onto papered table.  Serve with lemon wedges and chunks of baguette.

Perfect outside summer entertaining - casual and bountiful.

Cousins enjoying their "rocket dogs" and each other : )

Such sweet girls.

Here are some essentials for your Shrimp Boil, or any summer party.

A sturdy apron & hot pads.

Skimmer for pulling that seafood out of the big boiling pot & Tongs for serving.


  1. Martha11:50 AM

    I love doing this! We add crab legs, scallops, and whatever other seafood that is on sale when we make this.

  2. We absolutely love doing Shrimp Boils!!! Reminds me that we need to do this again really soon. Looks like you had a great time!!!

  3. Anonymous8:57 AM

    OMG how awesome, I was clearly born into the wrong family!!! :-) I had never thought to add seasoning to boiling water, I am totally doing that next time!!

  4. Anonymous10:36 AM

    Can you do some house posts on your painted kitchen floors? Would love to see how it turned out and what process you used.

  5. TRYING THIS!!! This looks so good- thank you for sharing it! And those are some gorgeous girls:)


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