It’s easy to think of boiled shrimp as a bland, boring experience. And if all you use is water — and even just salt and pepper — you would probably be right! But that’s not what this tip is about.
With a few inexpensive seasonings, you can make something heavenly in no time and with almost no effort. Sounds like the perfect recipe, doesn’t it?
Here is the simple version…go to the grocery store and comb the spice isles for a spice called “crab boil.” It’s usually a box with a bag of spices inside. It is really flavorful. All you really have to do is heat the water, drop the bag of seasoning in a minute or two before dropping the shrimp in the boiling water. When it’s all said and done, it really is that simple…and inexpensive.
There are a lot of ways to go with boiled shrimp — and almost all of it is easy as pie. It all depends on what you are trying to do. If you want to feed a lot of people, you may want to add things like potatoes and corn on the cob, onions, smoked sausages and stuff like that to the pot. In addition to adding to the flavor, it will increase the volume of food without buying a whole lot more shrimp.
Let’s say you want to amp it up a little bit. You can experiment a little bit. With a little practice and research, you will find out what spice you really like. Pretty soon, you’ll have your very own shrimp boil recipe that will knock your friends’ socks off. Figuratively if not literally! A little hint? Be careful with cayenne pepper. A little goes a long way. It is a delicious ingredient that many of us think is essential in a good shrimp boil. Just use it with an aware hand.
Right about now, some will say, “I don’t have a million ingredients in my kitchen. Not only that, I’m not going to go and buy a lot of expensive spices that I won’t use except this one time! I don’t have a lot of time and money to devote to this.”
No problem. Relaaaaax! Part of the thinking with this tip for boiling shrimp is the simplicity of it. The great chefs of the world always say that simplicity is often the best approach. Get really good ingredients — shrimp, in this case — then cook and present them simply.
So there you go! Hopefully you will agree that this is a simple tip that will make meal time easier and and add another tasty shrimp recipe to your box.