4 quarts cold water 1/4 cup Old Bay or other spicy seasoning 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more, to taste 4 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 yellow onion, diced 1 head garlic, halved 2 1/2 pounds small red potatoes 4 ears corn, shucked, each cut into 4 pieces 2 pounds smoked sausage, cut into 1 1/2-inch slices 2 pounds medium shrimp, in the shell, deveined
In a slow cooker combine the water, Old Bay seasoning, salt, celery, onion, garlic and potatoes and cook on low heat until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, 4-6 hours.
Add the corn and sausage to the crock pot and simmer until the corn is tender, 1-2 more hours. Add the shrimp and simmer until opaque, 20 to 30 minutes more. Taste the broth and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper, if necessary.
Made this tonight and it was FANTASTIC! Only deviation was marinated the shrimp overnight in garlic infused olive oil. The corn starch put a nice crisp on the shrimp and it was great. Wife loved it and she is a picky eater. Great recipe!! -GUEST FOODIE
This was a "let's see what I have on hand" meal choice. I actually had all the ingredients so thrilled to find such a good sounding recipe. It really turned out great! Good, complex flavor combinations. Nothing boring about it! -VALERIE
ratings & reviews
Jan 28, 2014
Loved it and have made many times. Made the mistake of using frozen potatoes once to save time. Don't do this it turns them into mashed potatoes
Nov 10, 2013
Very good. The flavor is wonderful! I only used a pound of shrimp but they were large and I used less garlic because I only had half a whole bulb left but I added a little garlic powder to the liquid.
Oct 8, 2013
krouse Member since: March 29, 2008
I cut the recipe in half (I don't think the full recipe would have even fit in my crock pot). It was quite good and more flavorful than I expected.
Jul 31, 2013
For someone who lives in an apartment deep in the city and doesn't have access to somewhere to do a real seafood boil, this recipe is perfect! I miss living at the beach where we'd do something similar outside over a fire pit. It's not quite the same eating at your dining table but it still tasted good!
Jun 27, 2013
We were supposed to have a shrimp boil outside but it rained for days so instead of canceling it we moved it indoors and tried this recipe. It was a hit. We sat around and ate while watching the rain pour down outside. Mother Nature couldn't ruin our delicious meal!
Jun 20, 2013
mileycyrus Member since: February 27, 2008
I changed this just a bit and reduced the sausage by half and added crab claws. I also used the zatarains boil not the old bay. Very good. And to the person saying it was watery, you don't eat it like a soup, you strain out the potatoes corn sausage and seafood and eat them, not the broth.
May 4, 2013
Made this today and we enjoyed it. Much of the flavor comes from the broth so be sure to taste it for seasoning fix-ups before serving. I made mine with jalapeno sausage, which I sliced thinly and browned (personal preference) before adding to the crock pot and we aren't seafood fans, so no shrimp (which is pretty sacrilegious for this dish). I also used part chicken broth, part water to add more flavor. Thanks for posting!
Mar 11, 2013
This boil was delish! We can't wait to make again. It would be a good dish for company. I love that the recipe allows you to adjust the servings. I added a nice sprinkling of Old Bay to everything after I placed it all on a large platter.
Oct 13, 2012
i would not think you could have too much water. once done you dip the meat & veggies out of the water. As in boiling shrimp you would toss the water ... wouldn't you. I don't think It is a soup
Aug 29, 2012
I have a really large crock pot and there is no way everything would fit in. Even after omitting half the water, it was still way too watery. The flavor was ok. I love the idea, but I don't think we would make it again