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Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil

Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil - Red potatoes, andouille sausage, shrimp, corn, Old Bay. A classic shrimp boil made without any of the fuss right in your crockpot!

Red potatoes, andouille sausage, shrimp, corn, Old Bay. A classic shrimp boil made without any of the fuss right in your crockpot!

Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil - Red potatoes, andouille sausage, shrimp, corn, Old Bay. A classic shrimp boil made without any of the fuss right in your crockpot!

This is truly one of my favorite summertime meals.

The ingredient list is super simple and you don’t need to do any kind of babysitting. Nope, the crockpot takes care of all the hard work for you, making it perfect for get-togethers and summer entertaining.

Simply throw everything right into your slow cooker for about 4 hours, adding in the sausage, corn and shrimp at the very end of cooking time to avoid any kind of overcooking. I mean, no one is a fan of overcooked rubbery shrimp, right?

Just be sure to use a large enough slow cooker (either 6 or 7 qt) to make sure everything fits.

When ready to serve, crank out some of those ice cold beers, melted butter, lemon wedges and hot sauce. This will truly be the best thing you serve all summer long.

Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil - Red potatoes, andouille sausage, shrimp, corn, Old Bay. A classic shrimp boil made without any of the fuss right in your crockpot!

Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil

Red potatoes, andouille sausage, shrimp, corn, Old Bay. A classic shrimp boil made without any of the fuss right in your crockpot!

20 minutes5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, optional
  • 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked andouille sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 ears corn, each cut crosswise into 3 pieces
  • 2 pounds medium or large shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

For serving, optional

  • Melted butter
  • Hot sauce
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Lemon wedges
  • Beer

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, hot sauce and 6 cups water; set aside.
  2. Place potatoes, onion, garlic and bay leaves into a 6-qt slow cooker; stir in Old Bay seasoning mixture.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 3-4 hours, or until potatoes are almost tender.
  4. Stir in sausage and corn; cover and cook on high heat for 30 minutes. Set corn aside; keep warm.
  5. Stir in shrimp. Cover and cook on high heat, stirring twice, until shrimp is opaque and pink, about 20-30 minutes; drain well.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I cooked this for our New Years Eve Dinner.
    I accidently cooked the potatoes on high instead of low. After reading the reviews I was glad I did they were soft and had a good flavor to them. I bought a different kind of sausage that was not pre cooked and cooked it than put it in the crock pot as directed. My son liked it so much he had three servings. His brother who is visiting with us who had never had a low country boil before before thought it was out of this world.
    Between the three of us we managed to eat it all except two pieces of corn we will have tomorrow.
    This recipe is a Keeper and I am sure we will have it again. It was super easy to make and really delicious.

  2. I am cooking this now, it’s been on for about an
    Hour. I followed instructions but I find it extremely salty, will the flavours even out as cooking and adding in the other ingredients? All I taste is salt? 

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    It was very good I don’t like shrimp but my husband loved it. The problem I had was the potatoes They simply would not get soft enough after 3 hours cooking. I just went ahead and turned the crock pot on high. At the rate they were cooking it wouldn’t have been done before he got home from work. I don’t guess that hurt anything. They were very small potatoes and my crock pot is brand new. I did put hot sauce in and he liked it. I fixed cornbread to go with it. I would highly recommend it, wish I liked shrimp!

  4. and where does the liquid come from? do you add water?

  5. can i use already cooked shrimp?? and if so when to add it i got tons of already frozen cooked shrimp in my deep freezer

  6. Can the shrimp be frozen?

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Huge hit with family and friends.  Even did the newspaper set up etc.  was very impressive!   Struggled to get the potatoes soft enough.. 

    • So did I. They were very small so finally I just turned the crock pot up to high. I didn’t have time to wait on those potatoes. Otherwise my husband loved it!

  8. Wondering if I can do this in a dutch oven since I don’t have a crockpot?

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing! A new family favorite! Not too spicy for the person in your family that is sensitive either! Will definitely make again!  Also I made this with raw shrimp. No precooking needed! Wish I could post a picture because it comes out beautiful! 

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    I made this was amazing! Thank you for the recipe! 

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    My husband and I wanted to try something new. He’s more of a chef than I am. So I suggested this recipe. Oh my goodness! it was outstanding. I told him we could enjoy this again at a different time. Thanks for the delicious recipe… we will continue to try others that you have posted on your site.

  12. When do you add in the beer, I didn’t see that in the instructions unless I skipped over it 

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this my very time using my slow cooker. I am a beginner in cooking but by following this recipe it came out perfect! Loved it!

  14. I’m making it but the sausage doesn’t look done within the time allotted

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    So add the sausage and the shrimp in both raw? Don’t need to precook before adding to slow cooker correct?

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was actually BUSSIN’! I thought it would be a flake, since it was a dry recipe. When I saw “drain” I’m like wait…..what.

    But this was fire!

  17. Question – what is one head of garlic, halved? Are you saying to use only half a head of garlic? It seems like it means to use a whole head, but half in one part of the recipe and half in another, which doesn’t seem to be the case. Do you mean to halve the individual cloves? Obviously, the cloves need to be individually cleaned… then use half or all of them? Thanks!

  18. Silly question, but cooked or raw shrimp?

  19. Planning tonight…logistics of getting it out and looking good as your picture?

  20. If I’m concerned with too much spice (for little ones) do I reduce the Old Bay(Zatarins)?

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    We loved it! The outdoor old fashioned shrimp probiotic might be a bit better but this is pretty good! Will do it again for sure. Made it exactly as instructed and wouldn’t do anything different. 

  22. Hi
    Would like to add scallops with the shrimp.
    What would you suggestt??
    This sounds delish!! 🙂

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this and it turned out great!  I used shrimp that had been shelled and deveinved – only took about 5-6 mins.  Tried the Zat’s Crab Boil seasoning as recommended too – perfect!

  24. If time is an issue, could I cook this for a shorter amount of time on the high setting?

  25. Do you cook shrimp with shell on or off?

  26. How can we modify the recipe to use the instant pot?

  27. Step # 5-Drain well? What does this mean?

  28. Rated 4 out of 5

    Zatarain’s Crab Boil, please, not Old Bay.

    • A STRONG second on the Zat’s Crab Boil!!!

    • I also agree. I keep Old Bay Seasoning mix in the pantry but use only Zat’s Crab Boil when it’s called for. Both are great products.

    • Try this guys: Put some Zat’s Crab Boil in your water when boiling hot dogs. Also if your grilling sausages, split the sausages down the middle and very lightly apply Zat’s to the exposed meat and grill it open faced down.