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Shrimp Boil rookie

Postby J&D Cattle » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:00 am

Wife and I just built a house and are wanting to have several friends over for a cookout. I was thinking about doing a shrimp boil with the fixings. Was hoping some of you Southern chefs could help me out with a recipe and or pointer or two. Thanks
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Re: Shrimp Boil rookie

Postby slick4591 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:35 am

I just did my first one for 14 people and had leftovers. Timing everything out is very important.

10 lbs shrimp
8 lbs andoullie sausage (cut into shorter pieces)
frozen corn (small cobs)
10 lbs potatoes (smaller)
Bread (we made garlic)

2 1/2 gallons water
2- 8 oz Louisiana liquid concentrated crawfish, crab and shrimp boil
4 lemons cut in half
6 small whole onions skinned

(I let all the food items come up to room temp so I could get a quick recovery on the boiling water.)
Add concentrate, onions & lemons to the water and bring to boil.
Add potatoes keeping in mind size will dictate the length of time needed to boil. (usually 15 minutes or so before adding anything else)
Add corn and sausage
Add shrimp/crawfish (these actually only take a couple of minutes to fully cook.

If it were just me I'd would add something to spice it up more. Maybe more concentrate. Good luck with your boil!
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Re: Shrimp Boil rookie

Postby M-5 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:01 am

IMO Buy crawdads instead. Much better than skrimp
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Re: Shrimp Boil rookie

Postby J&D Cattle » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:57 am

Thanks Slick and M-5. I'll have to check the availability of crawdads. I like them but not sure if the women and kids will.
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Re: Shrimp Boil rookie

Postby M-5 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:06 pm

That's how they pick their wifes in la and ms. They only marry girls that suck the head of a crawfish
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Re: Shrimp Boil rookie

Postby J&D Cattle » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:26 pm

M-5 wrote:That's how they pick their wifes in la and ms. They only marry girls that suck the head of a crawfish


:lol: Buddy and I went to a crawfish boil one year and had a blast. Went the next year and I noticed the guy only ate a handful. I asked him what was wrong and he said either I drank way more beer last year or the lights are brighter this year. He got a little squimish on me.
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Re: Shrimp Boil rookie

Postby Deepsouth » Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:10 pm

M-5 wrote:IMO Buy crawdads instead. Much better than skrimp


This is absolutely the worst piece of advice I've ever read on this forum!
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Re: Shrimp Boil rookie

Postby Deepsouth » Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:20 pm

slick4591 wrote:I just did my first one for 14 people and had leftovers. Timing everything out is very important.

10 lbs shrimp
8 lbs andoullie sausage (cut into shorter pieces)
frozen corn (small cobs)
10 lbs potatoes (smaller)
Bread (we made garlic)

2 1/2 gallons water
2- 8 oz Louisiana liquid concentrated crawfish, crab and shrimp boil
4 lemons cut in half
6 small whole onions skinned

(I let all the food items come up to room temp so I could get a quick recovery on the boiling water.)
Add concentrate, onions & lemons to the water and bring to boil.
Add potatoes keeping in mind size will dictate the length of time needed to boil. (usually 15 minutes or so before adding anything else)
Add corn and sausage
Add shrimp/crawfish (these actually only take a couple of minutes to fully cook.

If it were just me I'd would add something to spice it up more. Maybe more concentrate. Good luck with your boil!



After you have added everything and the water is boiling again add your shrimp. When the water comes back up to boiling they should be done. Have an ice chest with ice ready and pour the shrimp right onto the ice. There ready to eat.
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Re: Shrimp Boil rookie

Postby M-5 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:43 pm

Deepsouth wrote:
M-5 wrote:IMO Buy crawdads instead. Much better than skrimp


This is absolutely the worst piece of advice I've ever read on this forum!


My advise was not directed to you homer !
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Re: Shrimp Boil rookie

Postby SJB » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:07 pm

Imo, if you don't have good gulf shrimp, I'd rather have something else.

If you don't already have a source, these guys have sold me a lot of good seafood over the years. http://www.billys-seafood.com/market.htm

If you want to splurge, the royal reds are like langastino lobsters. Very good!
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