For a traditional Louisiana shrimp boil, you need 10 pounds of fresh shrimp (with heads on), 4 cups of crab boil, Louisiana-style hot sauce or herb mix, 10 new potatoes and vegetables such as onions and sweet corn. The boil is mainly seasoned with a Louisiana herbs mix or hot sauce, garlic, salt and lemons, but some recipes include variations such as bay leaves and cayenne pepper.Continue Reading
Before making a Louisiana shrimp boil, flush the shrimp with tap water for at least five minutes. The shrimp is clean when the water runs clear. This makes peeling the shrimp easier at a later stage. Bring 4 gallons of water to a boil, and add Louisiana-style seasonings, onion, garlic and 2 halved lemons. Add the potatoes as soon as the water starts to boil, cook for 10 minutes, and add the shrimp and the ears of corn. After cooking for another two minutes, add some salt, and let the boil rest for at least 20 minutes.
Variations to this recipe include adding cooked meat, such as pork sausage, or other types of vegetables, such as artichokes. If you like heat, you can add extra cayenne pepper or a sliced jalapeño to the cooking broth. Some people like to serve the dish with hot garlic bread.Learn more about Seafood