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Shrimp Boil Secrets (Updated)

June 18, 2010
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Last month, our friends Carl & Melissa invited us over for a shrimp boil. Carl brought the shrimp (pre-oil spill affected) up from Louisiana, where they moved last year. It seems that Carl has learned the secrets of the Cajun boil & wanted to share them with me. Here’s what he did:

1. Get a big ol’ propane turkey fryer. Set the basket in it & fill with water.

2. Season the water with lots of Zatarain’s Shrimp & Crab Boil Seasoning & lemon halves. Let it come to a hard, rolling boil. I mean, boil it like you mean it!

3. Add small red potatoes & halved onions and boil for 10 minutes.

4.  Add andouille sausage (cut into bite-sized pieces) & corn on the cob (shuck & break ears in half). Boil for 5 minutes.

5. Add the shrimp & when the water comes back to a boil TURN OFF THE HEAT & add a one gallon ice block to the water. This will cook the shrimp without OVER cooking it. Also, according to Carl, “The ice cools the water so the shrimp shrink from their shell and suck the seasoning into their flesh. It is also supposed to make them easier to peel.” When the shrimp are pink & cooked through, about 5-8 minutes, lift the basket out. Let all the water drain before dumping the goods onto a newspaper-lined table.

6.  Eat & drink beer while standing next to the table. Pick through everything until you find every piece of andouille. Fight over the last few pieces. Gloat when you find yet one more piece hidden beneath the shrimp.

I’ve been wanting to do a boil at home for a few years, so think I’ll boil some crabs for my birthday in early October. Who’s with me? Carl said he’s bringing blue crabs from Lake Ponchartrain!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2010 6:53 am

    Crab boils are a super nice event to share with friends and family. I’m a huge fan. I threw one a while back to celebrate my wife’s LEED certification.

    (http://www.andrewmarkveety.com/2008/09/seafood-boil-in-the-heart-of-st-louis.html)

    amv

  2. June 21, 2010 11:06 am

    I’m in for the crab boil! My brother and I did a shrimp boil last summer. So fun! I didn’t know about that ice trick! Thanks for passing on Carl’s tips!

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