Old Bay's official shrimp boil recipe is recommended by the seasoning's manufacturer. This traditional recipe includes shrimp, potatoes, onions, smoked sausage and corn, and optionally includes beer for extra flavor.
Quarter eight medium red potatoes, and cut two large onions into wedges. Shuck eight ears of fresh corn and halve them crosswise. Cut 2 pounds of lean smoked sausage into 2-inch pieces.
Bring 4 quarts of water, 1/2 cup of Old Bay Seasoning and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in a 12-quart stockpot on high heat. Add one 12-ounce can of beer to the water before boiling, if desired. Once the water begins to boil, add the potato quarters and onion wedges, and cook for eight minutes.
Add the smoked sausage to the pot and cook for five minutes. Then, add the corn and cook for seven more minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook for four minutes, or until the shrimp turn pink. Do not overcook once the shrimp have been added. Remove from the heat, and drain the cooking liquid.
Pour the drained shrimp and vegetables onto a serving dish and sprinkle with additional Old Bay Seasoning, if desired. Old Bay suggests covering the table with newspapers to emulate a traditional shrimp boil atmosphere.