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Garlic Butter Shrimp Boil

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Can you handle this Garlic Butter Shrimp Boil? We’re talking butter-drizzled juicy shrimp, steamy corn and potatoes, and luscious little side dishes of garlic butter for extra dunking. YUM!


Units Scale

Shrimp Boil

  • 1 pound small potatoes (for the best flavor I recommend cutting in half or quarters so the insides of the potato can absorb the sauce)
  • 24 ears of corn, cut into small pieces
  • 1 pound kielbasa sausage, sliced
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • and any random things you have on hand that can make a very low key broth: onion, garlic, lemon, Cajun seasoning, salt


  • 2 sticks of salted butter (you don’t have to use it all! my motto for garlic butter sauce is better too much than not enough)
  • 56 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • thyme sprigs (optional)
  • lemon wedges
  • Old Bay or Cajun-style seasoning


  1. Butter Sauce: Melt your butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add the garlic and just let it hang out over gentle, low heat to infuse all the garlic flavor into the butter and soften the little pieces of garlic. Add a few thyme sprigs if you want to be extra. Keep an eye on it so you don’t brown it or burn it. It will smell… how do I say this? AMAZING.
  2. Start Your Water / Broth: Fill a large (like, large) pot with water to about half capacity. Bring the water to boil over medium high heat. If you want, add some things to make a broth: chunks of onion, garlic, lemon, salt, seasonings. Add a couple big pinches of salt. This is very low pressure and meant to be loose! Plain salted water will also work just fine.
  3. Boil Potatoes and Corn: Add potatoes and corn to the water. Boil for 5-8 minutes until tender-crisp.
  4. Boil Kielbasa and Shrimp: Add kielbasa and shrimp to the water. Boil for another 4-5 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through.
  5. Serve: Drain and transfer to a big roasting pan, serving dish, OR directly to your table lined with newspaper for the real deal experience. Squeeze lemon juice over the top, sprinkle with seasonings to taste, and drizzle with the butter sauce. Also: serve with little dishes of garlic butter sauce for dunking. Be prepared to fall in love.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: Cajun

Keywords: shrimp boil, cajun shrimp, shrimp recipe