Shrimp Boil at the Farm

July 5, 2016

Bought 3 lbs headless shrimp in Bayou la Batre–16-20 count–Louisian Seasoning bag, and a bottle of concentrate.

In an 8 quart pot added about:

  • 5 qts water; seasoning bag,
  • 1/4 cup table salt;
  • large lemon cut in half, squeezed and torn in to quarters.

Brought it to a boil then simmered for a while then turned off to steep for a total of about an hour.

  1. Took shrimp off ice for about 20 minutes after rinsing.
  2. Added maybe 2 tbls concentrate to the water mixture just before it came to a boil and some cayenne that was maybe 1-2 tsp. Should have added at least 1 tblsp as could not tell it was even there.
  3. Once it was boiling added shrimp. Watched for shrimp to float.
  4. After maybe 5 minutes removed lid and found 5+ floating. Added maybe a quart of crushed ice. As it still seemed hot enough to still cook the shrimp added more ice. Pot is now full of liquid.
  5. After 20 minutes of soaking removed the shrimp and added ice cubes to complete cool down.

Shrimp were:

  • Cooked about right although not crunchy they were not chewy/tough.
  • Salt level was fine as not noticeably salty nor did they need salt. Seemed like it could have used something to give the flavor more punch.
  • Seasoning was also mild. Did not have the pungent shrimp boil aroma or taste we like. Could not tell the cayenne had been added.
  • Good but not Great.
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