Easy Shrimp Boil
Easy Shrimp Boil recipe with andouille sausage, corn and potatoes is the perfect summer recipe to enjoy and its made with a little prep and in just one pot.
My Easy Shrimp Boil recipe is one I have been itching to share with you all this summer and I am pretty thrilled that with all the craziness of summer and all the times I made them for clients this year I got a chance to make one for us (and you!) today. I was approached by Hefty® to feature their Hefty® Ultra Strong™ Trash Bags in this post and I totally jumped on it even though it isn’t a normal ingredient for a recipe because I LOVE using trash bags for Easy Shrimp Boil events.
No joke, I know you’re thinking, “A trash bag in a recipe?” but no, they’re a huge part of the experience which I wax poetic about below. Here is something to remember about parties/shrimp boils/bbqs/catered box lunches that will save you from having a huge mess…. give party goers an EASY way to get rid of their own garbage and you’ll avoid the piles of garbage everywhere that no one wants in the photos.
For the Easy Shrimp Boil I use about 2-3 times the bags as a normal event because of the nature of the shells and cobs it can add up. For a normal picnic event, you can either have a ton of garbage cans everywhere (not super pretty) or you can discreetly tape to the edges of the table a couple of bags. Then people can easily reach to the side to clear off the mess and you can enjoy your party WAY more.
Ok ok to the Easy Shrimp Boil recipe. This recipe does not use a premade box/bag of shrimp/seafood boil mix. I skip it because the mix is pretty easy to make if you have a spice drawer that you want to give a bit more use. If you look at the recipe and you’re like, “there are three spices here I do not have” then don’t go out and buy the spices just for this recipe. The pre-made bags/boxes are only a couple of dollars and easy enough to toss into the pot, but definitely still include the lemon, garlic, onions and Kosher Salt.
Easy Shrimp Boil recipe with andouille sausage, corn and potatoes is the perfect summer recipe to enjoy the last few weeks of summer before life goes back to normal and most meals aren’t served on giant trays and newspaper.
The Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags are a huge help to the Easy Shrimp Boil recipe both in the prep and in the cleanup. With so much shrimp, sausage, potato and corn chopping I used a bag to contain all the food while the water was boiling.
Then (and this is a trick we have been using for years with outdoor boils and bbq parties, you tape down trash bags between guests and keep paper towels on the table with a water sprayer. You would be surprised how quickly the table would get covered in bones, shells, cob pieces and more if you don’t have a quick and easy trash option.
Your guests don’t necessarily want to end the conversation to get up and discard trash and with these citrus scented bags it isn’t even unpleasant to sit next to the bag. This trick always used to have clients saying “I need to remember this!!”
Side note, want to impress a party guest? Make my One Minute Chocolate Ganache recipe and watch your guests faces completely light up as you mix 2 ingredients and one minute in the microwave and make the best ganache they’ve ever seen. True story, I used to show every dinner party with a chocolate dessert this trick and there has been countless videos and photographs of the “magic” taken.
Also kind of cute, this campaign brings back the classic #HeftyHeftyHefty line which I totally grew up seeing the commercials and when my parents would ask us to take out the trash we’d chant “Hefty Hefty Hefty.” <— Also, John Cena totally made a new commercial with the chant which is just totally bringing back the nostalgia.
We loved the Citrus Twist™ scent for this recipe since it paired well with the lemon in the recipe (haha! love that this is a pairing) but the “scent” we use most in the house is the Clean Burst™ (we haven’t exited the baby stages here so Clean Burst™ for the win!) and they have ARM & HAMMER™ odor neutralizers in the bags.
Also, and this is probably the most important part, I don’t think we’ve ever had a tear and there is 100% money back guarantee so basically what I am saying is Hefty! Hefty! Hefty! (Ok I’m a little too excited about the chant… I think I may have had a bit more than my fair share of coffee this morning thanks to above mentioned baby waking us up at 4:00 am for a 3 hour squealing play session.)
Easy Shrimp Boil
- 1 lemon cut in half
- 1 large yellow onion , cut into 8 wedges
- 3 bay leaves
- 8 cloves garlic , crushed
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 4 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
- 2 teaspoons dill seeds
- 2 teaspoons whole allspice
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 pound red potatoes , cut into quarters
- 4 ears corn , cut into three inch sections
- 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp , unpeeled
- 1 pound cooked andouille sausage , sliced
- 4 cups of ice cubes
- 3 lemons , cut in half for serving
- Parsley for garnish , optional
- hot sauce , optional
Combine first 12 ingredients (through cayenne pepper) and 8 cups water in a large pot (preferably with a strainer insert).
Bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the potatoes, and corn and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove them, along with the onions to a pan and add in the shrimp and sausage until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 3 minutes.
Turn off heat, add 4 cups ice cubes, and let the pot sit for 5 minutes.
Remove shrimp and sausage and combine with the corn and potatoes and onions on a baking sheet.
Serve with hot sauce on the side (optional) and halved lemons.
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Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.
An afternoon of fun for adults and kids was also part of the Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags experience. There were crafts and games set up that used the Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags including (my favorite) the slime station where Hefty® products were used in creating slime in just a few ingredients. I actually took video of it, it was the most popular station at the party!
Cutest box lunch station ever by the way…
One of my favorite ideas I came across at the party were the awesome picnic lunch boxes. I’ve catered a fair number of large parties where we did box lunches.
This method of keeping foods separate and still adorable was great! I’ve previously just used a bunch of small dishes where they would rest unevenly on each other but the cups and the bags worked well together including extra cups full of other snacks like pretzels and popcorn that partygoers could choose from.
And I know you’re spying that recipe for the slime… it was a glittery success!
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