Sometimes I feel like a broken record when I talk about my love for quick and easy weeknight dinners. But I really love discovering those recipes which don’t necessarily taste like they were a simple dish to throw together. This next recipe is just that!
The recipe is for a shrimp boil – which literally means throw all your ingredients into one pot of boiling water and cook! Easy Easy!!
To start with I made spice blend by placing mustard seeds, coriander seeds, whole all-spice, dill, a whole clove, red pepper flakes and a bay leaf in a re-usable spice holder (I don’t know the technical term for this…but also you can put your spices in muslin if you don’t have one of these crazy re-usable things).
I then placed the spice ball into a pot of water with lemon, onion and garlic and brought it to boil.
Once the water was boiling I added sausage, potatoes and an artichoke. I let it boil for 20 minutes.
I then added corn on the cob and let that boil another 3 minutes…
Then I added shrimp, stirred occasionally, until the shrimp was cooked through, around another 3 minutes.
I strained the water from the pot and served the shrimp boil on a large baking sheet sprinkled with Old Bay Seasoning.
How did it taste? Wow this made a really nice different dinner. And I can’t get over how easy it was and how little clean up there was afterwards – 1 pot and 1 baking sheet – we didn’t even use plates! This dinner makes a great dinner to transition into summer with, though it would also make a great dinner right in the middle of summer.
- 1 TB mustard seeds
- 1/2 TB coriander seeds
- 1/2 TB whole all-spice
- 1/2 TB dried dill
- 1 whole clove
- a pinch or two red pepper flakes, to taste
- 1 1/2 dried bay leaves, crumbled slightly
- 1 small yellow onion, halved
- 1 lemon, halved, plus wedges for serving
- 1/2 head of garlic, keep skin on and attached
- 1 1/2 TB kosher salt
- 8 oz red potatoes, halved
- 8 oz Andouille sausage, or other sausage of your choice, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 artichoke
- 2 ears of corn, cut into 3 pieces each
- 1 1/4 lb large unpeeled shrimp
- Old Bay Seasoning, for serving
- Place the mustard seeds, coriander seeds, all-spice, dill, clove, red pepper flakes and bay leaves in a re-usable mesh spice ball or muslin.
- In your largest pot place 8 cups of water, spice ball, onion, halved lemon, garlic and salt. Bring to a boil.
- Add potatoes, sausage and artichoke and boil for 20 minutes.
- Add corn and continue to boil for 3 minutes.
- Add shrimp, continue to boil and stirring occasionally until shrimp is cooked and turned pink, about another 3 minutes.
- Strain the water from the pot, discard the spices and serve the shrimp boil on a baking sheet sprinkled with Old Bay Seasoning and serve with lemon wedges.
- Serves 2-4 depending on appetites