Crock Pot shrimp boil is a great way to steam your favorite Southern dish! Seafood, corn, potatoes, sausage and Old Bay cooked to perfection.
Do you love this mixture when you visit your favorite restaurant. You can totally make a Crock Pot shrimp boil at home to perfection too. Using all of your favorite bold ingredients and seasonings you just throw it all in, stir and let it cook for a few hours. Then enjoy this easy Crockpot recipe with your family. (affiliate links present)
Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil
We first made Instant Pot shrimp boil but wondered how to do it so that it would cook most of the day while we were gone. Using a Crockpot is a great alternative to a pressure cooker if you have the time. Some things do take a bit longer to get tender so you start with those and add the seafood at the end.
Remember that shrimp doesn’t take long to cook at all. You just want it to get perfectly pink but not overcooked and chewy, we solved that issue.
Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….
- This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
- If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
- I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.
Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉
How to Make a Shrimp Boil
If you are having people over this is a really fun meal! It’s kinda’ a eat with your fingers kinda’ one pot meal that kids and adults just love. When it is ready you can serve it up on a large baking sheet with a ramekin of melted butter on the ends or on smaller dishes.
Add as much or as little seasonings as you like, I like bold flavors so I use a heavy hand. If you have little ones enjoying this too you might want to add half when cooking and serve them. Then toss the remaining half at the end for the adults.
What is shrimp boil seasoning made of?
I just use a ready made container that is already combined because Old Bay recipes are our favorite but you could make it yourself I suppose with;
- 1/4 c salt
- 1 tbsp black peppercorns crushed and ground
- 4 cloves ground fresh
- 1 Tbsp onion and garlic powder, cayenne, Italian seasoning, allspice, coriander seeds,
- 2 Tbsp ground mustard and paprika
OR just do what I do and buy this to save yourself a bunch of time and space in your spice cupboard.
Cajun Shrimp Boil Recipe
Yes you can add more heat to the mix too if you wish. A few choices to do this would be dry Sriracha, chili seasoning or red pepper flakes. I am on the milder side of things and don’t like it spicy but to each their own.
- Shrimp, fresh or defrosted that are large in size are best
- Kielbasa sausage sliced into dials
- Corn on the cob broken up into thirds so it’s easier to pick up and cooks faster
- Petite potatoes work best or you could cut russets into 6-8 pieces each
- Broth of your choice, vegetable or homemade chicken broth works well
- Fresh lemon squeeze and melted butter when serving it up
Add a sliced or quartered onion into the mix if you like too. You’re really steaming everything until it is tender in this pot.
Shrimp Boil in the Slow Cooker
You could call this seafood boil too really. Add a few scallops when you add the seafood the last 45 minutes if you like.
- Wash your petite potatoes and place into slow cooker. Add garlic, bay leaves and onions. Sprinkle old bay seasoning on top.
- Pour broth or water into the pot, enough water to cover contents. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until they are as tender as desired.
- Add shrimp, sausage and corn into pot. Could sprinkle on a bit of hot sauce for heat at this time.
- Stir ingredients together so seasonings coat everything. Cover and cook again for 45 minutes cooking time or until additional items are as tender as you want.
- Best way to serve is to use a slotted spoon to add andouille sausage, potatoes and corn from pot on to a lined baking sheet. Discard bay leaves.
Squeeze the lemon on top of everything, have lemon wedges available for others to add to it, and serve with melted butter.
If you have leftovers this saves quite well. Give it a good 30 minutes to completely cool off first. Spoon it into a gallon freezer bag and into the fridge it goes. The next day add the sausage and other items on to a plate and microwave for 1 minute, stir and add more time if necessary. You could use your air fryer too to crisp it up.
Speaking of that machine, want to use that instead to make air fryer shrimp boil? You can!! We used frozen shrimp for this method so everything would cook a bit more evenly and it turned out great.
Ok one more recipe using this protein, because we love it. If you want to cook it together with noodles you can try Instant Pot bang bang shrimp pasta too.
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Crock Pot Shrimp Boil
- Wash potatoes and place into slow cooker with garlic, bay leaves and onions. Sprinkle old bay on top.
- Pour broth or water into the pot. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until they are as tender as desired.
- Add shrimp, small corn cob pieces and sliced kielbasa sausage into pot. If you want it on the spicier side add 1 extra Tbsp of Old Bay now.
- Gently stir ingredients together so seasonings coat everything. Cover and cook again for 45 minutes or until additional items are as tender as desired.
- Best way to serve is to use a slotted spoon to spoon items from Crockpot on to a lined baking sheet. Discard bay leaves. Squeeze fresh lemon over everything and melt butter to use for dipping.