Low-Country Shrimp Boil with Spicy Remoulade Recipe

A spicy, finger-licking shrimp boil has the makings of a bib-requisite backyard bash. Jennifer Olvera

Note: Timing is everything when it comes to a seafood boil, but the time ingredients will take depend largely on factors like potato size and whether or not shrimp are frozen. In other words, visual cues are key. So are napkins aplenty.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 6 servings

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For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

  • 6 tablespoons ketchup

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sriracha

For the Boil:

  • 1 gallon water

  • 1 (12-ounce) can beer

  • 1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning, plus additional for serving

  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper

  • 2 bay leaves

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 whole lemons, split in half and juiced, juiced lemon halves reserved

  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly sliced

  • 12 small red potatoes (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter)

  • 1 1/2 pounds smoked sausage (such as andouille), cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 3 ears fresh corn, shucked and snapped in half

  • 2 pounds large shell-on shrimp

  • Tabasco sauce for serving


  1. Combine horseradish, vinegar, ketchup, mayonnaise and Sriracha in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Bring water, beer, Old Bay, cayenne, bay leaves, 1⁄2 tablespoon kosher salt, lemon juice, reserved lemon halves, and garlic to a boil in large stockpot over high heat. Skim foam from top. Add potatoes, cover and cook 10 minutes. Add smoked sausage and boil for another 4 minutes before adding corn. Cook for 7 more minutes, then add shrimp and cook until shrimp just turns pink and is no longer translucent, about 3 minutes.

  3. Immediately drain cooking liquid and discard lemons and bay leaves. Pour contents of pot into large serving bowl, platter, or on top of a paper-covered table. Sprinkle with additional Old Bay, if desired, and serve with prepared sauce, Tabasco and napkins.

Special equipment

Large stockpot, large metal strainer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
770 Calories
49g Fat
29g Carbs
51g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 770
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 396mg 132%
Sodium 3267mg 142%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 193mg 15%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 1272mg 27%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)