Shrimp Boil Recipes, Hints & Videos

Shrimp Boil Recipes, Hints & Videos

Although called a "boil", shrimp boils are actually defined as social events in which shellfish is the main course. That said, at these parties, shellfish can be  boiled, steamed, baked or eaten raw depending on the regional cuisine. Boils are particularly popular during the summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day when cooking and eating outside are common.

Most people assume that you can only have a boil in a coastal region, but one of the biggest boils of the year is The San Antonio Oyster Bake which began in 1916. It started as an alumni fundraiser for St. Mary's University and is now a two-day party filled with music and cultural activities attended by over 70,000 people annually. But whether you're having a boil at home or for a large group, you can't go wrong with this selection of delicious recipes.

Shrimp Boil Recipes

Grilled Shrimp Scampi

This is a nice shrimp dish because the sauce isn't very heavy at all. A lot of lime juice,  olive oil and garlic simply flavor these shrimp.


1/4 C. olive oil

1/4 C. lime or lemon juice

3 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley

1 Tbs. minced garlic

Ground black pepper to taste

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

1 1/2 lb. raw, cleaned, shelled shrimp


In a plastic or glass bowl, combine the olive oil, lime or lemon juice, parsley, garlic,  black pepper and crushed red pepper. Stir in the shrimp and marinate for 20-30 minutes.  Preheat grill. Remove shrimp from the marinade, and thread onto skewers. Grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until done.

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