Cajun Shrimp Boil

Not quite overcooked but too bland. Some good points here about next time.

  1. 3# fresh headless, 21-30 count, white shrimp.
  2. 6 qts. water
  3. 2 lemons sliced in half and juice squeezed out with Mary’s lemon juicer
  4. 2T Cayenne pepper
  5. 1/4 cup of table salt
  6. 2 cups Zatarain’s shrimp boil concentrate from the big jug. Did not have our homemade seasoning blend.
  7. 1/2 yellow large onion cut into thirds
  8. 8-10 small red and pearl potatoes
  9. About four garlic cloves.

Brought all to a boil then simmered for 45 minutes. When potatoes were tender removed them to a bowl cover by a dish towel then into the microwave to stay warm.

Returned pot to a gentle rolling boil and added shrimp.

When 10-15 floated added ice cubes and left to season for 30 minutes. Still warm when strained out. Cooled on the tray and when we ate they were bland.

NEXT TIME – Use 50% more crab boil concentrate and 50% more cayenne. Add 50% more salt. Maybe 2 cups of our boil seasoning blend. Need frozen plastic bottles of water to cool it quickly and not dilute the seasoning.

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