Cajun Shrimp Boil

30 Mar

This is a slight adaptation of a recipe I was introduced to after attending a party at a friends house, where they made this to serve.  It was so delicious, and my family loved it.  You may have seen this making it’s rounds on social media, and you can easily find the original recipe by googling “facebook shrimp boil.”  While I can’t take credit for the original version, I thought my slightly modified, lower calorie version really would be well received for our calorie counting friends here at the blog.  You can find the original recipe at Crème de la crumb.  For now, enjoy this version, which is currently my 14 yr old daughters favorite meal!

Editors Note: If using frozen shrimp, be sure to thaw them entirely and dry them off before mixing them in with the butter and seasoning.  Otherwise, liquid from the shrimp will water down your butter and the final product won’t be as delicious.


  • 3 ears of corn on the cob
  • 1 pound of red potatoes
  • 13 oz of turkey kielbasa
  • 1 lb of shrimp, deveined with tails removed
  • 3 tablespoons of salted butter +
  • 1/3 cup of salted butter (used separately in 2 different parts of recipe)
  • 3 TBSP of creole seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prep your ingredients:  cut your potatoes into 2 inch pieces.  Cut your kielbasa into 1 inch slices.  Make sure your shrimp is completely dry (and not frozen). Cut your lemon in half long-ways. (one side will be used for juice, the other for garnish)
  3. Prepare your aluminum foil by tearing out (2) 12×12 sheets for each serving.
  4. In a large pot, boil your corn on the cob and your potatoes together for 10 minutes.
  5. Once potatoes and corn are cooked, remove ears of corn, and cut each one into 4 pieces.
  6. Melt the 3 TBSP of butter in the microwave in a small bowl.  After butter is melted, add in garlic, salt and pepper, Creole Seasoning, and the juice from 1 half of the lemon.
  7. In a large bowl, mix together your shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn, and melted butter mixture.  Mix well so all ingredients are well coated.
  8. Lay out 4-5 pieces of foil (depending on how many servings you’re making) along the counter, and spray each with nonstick spray.
  9. Distribute the sausage/shrimp/veggie mixture evenly into the center of each piece of foil.
  10. Once all the food is distributed, use the remaining 4-5 pieces of foil to create the top of each packet, by placing it on top of your existing foil/food and rolling both pieces of foil tightly together around the edges, until you reach the food in the center.   Make sure your packets are tightly rolled so the juice doesn’t escape during cooking.
  11. Place each foil packet on a metal baking sheet. I can usually get all 5 packets on 2 cookie sheets.
  12. Place the baking sheets and packets into the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  13. While your packets are cooking, put the remaining 1/3 of a cup butter into a small saucepan, and place the saucepan on medium heat.  You’re going to be making brown butter to top off this delicious dish.  Allow the butter to melt, stirring it regularly with a whisk.  After the butter is melted, continue cooking it, and stirring it regularly until little brown flecks start to appear in the bottom of the pan.  This is important, because you want your butter to achieve a nice nutty flavor by browning that you wouldn’t get by simply using melted butter.   Once the butter looks sort of like the bottom of the pan is covered in flecks of rust, remove it from the heat and set aside. (see pictures of brown butter process below)
  14. When the packets are done, and the brown butter is ready, carefully open each packet, and distribute the brown butter evenly between servings, just scooping it over the top of your food.
  15. Cut the remaining lemon half into wedges, and serve on the side, so people can squeeze as much or as little as they want over their shrimp boil.


4 serving= 608 Calories per serving

5 servings= 486 calories per serving

Packet Assembly under way!

Fold your corners tightly.

Brown Butter is ready once you have this froth on top and brown specks on bottom.

Final Product, ready to serve!

Final product being served inside it’s foil packet.

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