Shrimp Boil Foil Packs

Easy, tasty shrimp boil foil packs baked or grilled with summer veggies, homemade seasoning, fresh lemon, and brown butter sauce. The BEST and easiest way to make shrimp boil at home! 

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This Spring has been something else. Around here the weather is known for being totally bi-polar, changing all day long making it near impossible to be able to plan ahead and dress for a day out without having to pack extra options. A sweater for layering, flip flops in case it warms up. Drives me bonkers.

But this Spring has been more crazy than ever and this past week we had a couple of days that ranged from sunny and sweltering, to rain, to snow, to hail, and back to sunshine in the course of an hour or two.

Needless to say… I am beyond ready for Summer. Snow and hail in mid-May?? I can’t handle it.

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So to help me cope, I’m eating my way through  A L L  the summer foods and I’m not ashamed to say I’ve already made my way through three boxes of popsicles. You gotta do what you gotta do right?

To me, few things say summertime better than grilled foil packet dinners. I grew up on these things, but lately I’ve been putting my own spin on them and now I just can’t stop myself.

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I recently made shrimp boil foil packs and I can’t get over how good they turned out. The key is just to boil the corn and potatoes for a few minutes, then you can combine everything with the seasonings, melted butter, and fresh lemon juice before wrapping it all up in foil and grilling (or baking!).

Top it off with some fresh parsley, more fresh lemon juice, and browned butter for the perfect shrimp boil dinner.

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“My kids and husband love it!!!! It is a delicious recipe I enjoy preparing it is so easy to do and only 15 cooking in the grill.” – Veronica

“WOW!!!! All I can say is this was AMAZING!!!! Thank you for the recipe!” – Sal

“Made this for dinner tonight. I baked it in the oven. My husband’s review – “that’s killer good! Put it at the top of our menu list”. Thanks for sharing!” – Paula

“OMG this was fabulous! So good. A little time consuming but well worth it. This was so good with the brown butter it made it over the top. I can’t wait for the leftovers. Thank you for this recipe. It will now become one of our recipes in the family recipe book. Yes, that good.” – Kathleen

4.8 from 35 reviews
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Easy, tasty shrimp boil dinners baked or grilled in foil with homemade seasoning, fresh lemon, and brown butter sauce.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 2 ears of corn on the cob, husked
  • ½ pound andouille sausage
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes OR baby yellow potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons old bay seasoning OR homemade seasoning (see note)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • juice of ½ lemon, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 3 tablespoons, melted + ½ cup butter, divided
  • chopped fresh parsley, for topping
  1. Chop corn into thirds, then chop each third in half lengthwise. Chop potatoes into 2 inch pieces. Boil corn and potatoes for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes. Stir together melted 3 tablespoons butter, Old Bay seasoning, garlic, juice from half a lemon, and salt and pepper to taste and pour over shrimp, sausage, and veggies. Stir to coat.
  3. Divide between four 12x12 inch sheets of aluminum foil. Fold edges of foil up around the food to create a closed packet.
  4. Cook on preheated grill over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes on one side, then flip and cook another 5-6 minutes on the second side. Alternately, you can bake the packets at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until corn is tender and shrimp are pink and fully cooked.
  5. While packets are cooking, melt remaining butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Once melted, continue to stir gently over medium heat for 3-4 minutes longer until color changes from pale yellow to a golden amber (but be careful not to burn it).
  6. Serve shrimp boil packs topped with chopped parsley, lemon wedges for squeezing, and browned butter for drizzling over the top or dipping.
Homemade Old Bay Seasoning: whisk together 1 tablespoon celery salt, 1 teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon dry mustard, ⅛ teaspoon each allspice, cloves, and a pinch of ground ginger.

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hey girl- these packs look so yummy!

I love a good shrimp boil and these packets look so tasty!

Almost like being in Charleston! – Laurel Bledsoe

This looks like a fun camping meal over the fire. Grandkids love helping all five ranging in age 3 to 9.

These were really good! I haven’t used Old Bay very much, and was surprised how spicy and salty it is, even without added salt and pepper. I think I might have over-seasoned mine just a touch, but it was still delicious. Did them in the oven for 15 minutes after parboiling the vegetables for about 12 minutes. My husband was a big fan. It reminded us of a trip we took to Myrtle Beach a couple of years ago.

It’s Memorial Day and it’s raining here in NJ at the shore. Well, luckily I read your tip to cook the packets in the oven and it worked great. Cut the recipe down to two for me and hubby and used fresh baked Italian bread for sopping up the juice. Had a little trouble figuring out how to eat the corn but we just went in for it as it cooled enough to handle. Left out the sausage as we do not like the heat but I think I may try Spanish chorrizo for that extra flavor and texture. Will certainly try this again on the grill. Thank you so much for this recipe.

    You’re very welcome! I hope you and your husband enjoyed the holiday!

We, as a family enjoyed this meal! Enough said…lol

    Does the shrimp have to be frozen or thawed?

      Thawed works best. 🙂

I will prepare this for my family. My son loves to grill and is a great cook, so he will probably take over this preparation.

We use Zatarains crab boil dry seasoning here in Louisiana.
Onions & mushrooms are also really good added to it.

My kids and husband love it!!!!
It is a delicious recipe I enjoy preparing it is so easy to do and only 15 cooking in the grill.

Do you think I can substitute the sausage for chicken

    Yes, chicken can be substituted. Be sure to cut the chicken into no larger than 1 inch pieces. Grill for about 5-10 minutes longer than original instructions say, and about 15 minutes more if baking in the oven. 🙂

      is the shrimp frozen or thawed?

        The shrimp is thawed. 🙂

Made these today on the grill. Added a little extra kick of cayenne pepper. It was so good.

Do you turn the packets over in the oven also?

    Hi Sheri! You don’t need to turn the packets if baking in the oven. 🙂

Used to live in east Texas….very similar dish served there with a Cajun twist. Going to make this & let you know how it comes out!! From your spring weather description of May, it sounds like you live next door to us in southeast Virginia !!!

    Careful East Texas boiling red potatoes 10 minutes is a nono and watch the med high heat or youll burn the mashed potatoes and corn and have a rag near by because the mush is way sticky. Hope you got money to burn shrimp is not cheap in Tyler Tx.

This looks great! I never bought sausage before.. What brand do you recommend?

    Johnsonville is great, or any high quality brand!

Love the simplicity of this recipe. We boat a lot and this will make a perfect meal.

Great recipe and convenient party dish! My only changes were to put the corn into packets raw because I cook corn like shrimp—briefly as possible. Splitting the corn was a brilliant idea! I di suggest using the largest shrimp you can find (jumbo or colossal) because we used a mix of large and mediums and some of the mediums were overcooked. Glad we left shells on because I think it protected ones near hot spots from overcooking—if we had used peeled shrimp they all would have been overcooked. But our grill was really hot. Oh. And if you prep ahead for cooking later, chill the potatoes before making the packets so they don’t steam the shrimp.

    I agree w/everything you wrote! Especially the corn. Cooking fresh corn too long makes it tasteless and tough. Some of these foil packs will definitely be on the grill this weekend!

I made this and it was the nose tasty, incredible, barbecue dinners ever

Do you use green shrimp or cooked shrimp?

    I use the uncooked shrimp for this recipe!

How long do u bake it

    400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. 🙂

By any chance do you have the nutritional info?

    I don’t have the nutritional info on hand for this recipe, but MyFitnessPal has an awesome tool that calculates all that out for you! Here’s the link: It’s free and all you do it copy and paste the recipe URL into the Recipe Importer and it will tell you everything you need to know! 🙂

      Are you kidding me?!?!? I’ve had MyFitnessPal forever and how I did not know it could do this AND include a photo is beyond me!!! YOU.HAVE.CHANGED.MY.LIFE.

      PS – This shrimp boil is easy and awesome! My hubby thanks you!!

Can’t wait to try with sweet potatoes!!

WOW!!!! All I can say is this was AMAZING!!!! Thank you for the recipe!

I can’t wait to make this when my mom and dad come down to visit me in (Decatur,Ga) from NYC. …I wanted to try it prior I’ll wait.
I’ll let you.. thank you.

Love to know if there’s a huge taste difference b/t grilling and baking these. I LOVE the taste of the grill.. but the oven is easier. Thoughts? Thank you! I’m dying to make these asap. 🙂

Its unhealthy to cook food in aluminum foil

    My grandparents have been cooking their food in aluminum foil all their lives and they are in their nineties and still kickin’. No alzheimers. No illnesses. Still travel the world and take care of themselves. If you prefer, you can line the aluminum foil with parchment or simply bake in a casserole dish.

      Thanks about the advice for a casserole dish. Would it change the recipe/preparation any?

    In 9; and have cooked in aluminum foil for 7( years. Go ahead take the chance

    Why is it unhealthy to cook in aluminum foil?

The recipe looks great! Please rethink casually throwing around medical problems as weather descriptions though.

    I don’t understand.

Its absolutely delicious!!! Highly recommended!!

Sounds great! And I know what you mean about BIPOLAR weather – Michigan is famous for it. Going to try this over the 4th of July weekend – can’t wait!

Can’t wait to try this! I think it will impress all at the annual family gathering!! Thank you.

Made this for dinner tonight. I baked it in the oven. My husband’s review – “that’s killer good! Put it at the top of our menu list”. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed!

Omg. These look delicious

    These are a MUST try! Trust me. 🙂

Sounds yummy’ must try !!

This was absolutely amazing.Just finished dinner and my husband keep saying this is so good

Esta sabroso lo bamos aguisar

Just curious, you didn’t mention cooking the sausage before grilling, did I miss thst?

    Nope, the sausage goes into the packets raw, it’s just the corn and potatoes that need the extra cooking time at the beginning. 🙂

      Hi Tiffany, This looks fantastic! Can you sub out the shrimp for chunks of chicken? My wife doesn’t eat seafood. Many thanks!


        Yes, chicken can be substituted. Be sure to cut the chicken into no larger than 1 inch pieces. Grill for about 5-10 minutes longer than original instructions say, and about 15 minutes more if baking in the oven. 🙂

          Awesome, thanks! P.S. mafe it first with shrimp. This is my new favorite dish!

    I assumed it is a pre-cooked (fully cooked) sausage.

I’m going to make this for a family gathering tomorrow but I’m not a big fan of parsley. Was wondering if you or anyone you know has tried it with cilantro instead? And if you’ve tried adding onions to it?

    Hi Julie! I’ve never substituted cilantro for parsley in this recipe so I’m not sure what the final results would be. Another reader said they added onion and that it turned out great! I hope you enjoy this recipe!!

      It was a hit. I didn’t add the onion or the cilantro just did it like your recipe minus the parsley and everyone absolutely loved it. They said it reminded them of boiling crab but better without the wait lol.

      People either love or hate cilantro. The taste is not nearly as mild as parsley & very different so be careful with the amount.

      I added raw onion and if I were to do it again, I might roast it first. I used fully cooked sausage. That is a good point to make. If you do not use fully cooked sausage you might fry tha up with the onion. I bet cilantro would be good with chicken.

Making this tonight for a bunch of friends. Can’t wait to try it

    That’s really convenient.

Great recipe

How would leftovers do (if reheated in the oven, not the microwave)?

    This will reheat well in the oven!

This is a fabulous idea…I am giving up steaks and serving this instead for Father’s Day tomorrow. I love grilling, but I really appreciate your method for baking in the oven, as it will be 93 degrees here and I am not into ‘melting’ while the family is inside staying cool!
I also appreciate your feedback/comments, keep up the great work!

I’ve got a friend coming over for dinner on Monday and have bought all the ingredients EXCEPT the Andouille sausage because it’s a bit spicy for us. I do have, however, a nice loop of Kielbasa. I’m going to give that a shot! I also think I’ll leave out any additional salt because the Old Bay has some and, of course, the Kielbasa is plenty salty.

Thoughts or suggestions? Umm, mouth is already watering!!! 🙂

the nutritional value of it is….its dang Good

OMG this was fabulous! So good. A little time consuming but well worth it. It was as another reviewer said a bit difficult to eat the corn as it was so hot. This was so good with the brown butter it made it over the top. I can’t wait for the leftovers. Thank you for this recipe. It will now become one of our recipes in the family recipe book. Yes, that good.

We made this tonight!! I wish I could post a picture because it was absolutely amazing! And SO easy!!

    Hi Christy! Thanks for the feedback! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

Very good recipe. Both my husband I totally loved it. Had a really hard time though with the corn, so we just cut it off the cob while eating it. I baked it in a casserole dish, the top started drying out, so you will need to stir it while it is baking.

This is a very tasty, I cooked them in the oven. The only thing I would change is to brown the sausage and use Large shrimp. Thanks for posting the recipe

Very eager to try this! Just a question: Do you boil the corn and the potatoes TOGETHER in the same pot at the beginning?

    Hi Beth! Yes, boil the corn and potatoes in the same pot. 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

Made these today, with some personal twists of course

Some were exactly as written
Some had scallops instead of shrimp
Some (mine) had scallops, shrimp, white onion and a 3×3 piece of fresh cod

They are sitting in their juices right now, cooking in an hour.

Delicious.. Made this today and my daughter loved it. I will definitely make this again. Thanks Tiffany.

    You’re so welcome! Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

Cooked it and it was great. My family loved it. All I forgot was lemon. everyone had two helpings

    I’m so happy to hear your family enjoyed this!

This recipe was so easy and so good. Thank you for sharing

    So glad you enjoyed it!

GREAT!! Everyone loved them

I just made this for fathers day right now still baking in my oven, it smells delicious, I used hillshire smoke sausage, but next time I want to try Portuguese Sauge living in Hawaii we love our Portuguese sausage. Thank you so much for the recipe ❤️It

I have tried different recipes this one Great.

Had my girls help me peel and de-vain the shrimp, husk the corn and cut the sausage. Was a great Fathers Day and this recipe was just perfect. Everyone loved it and I enjoy cooking for my family.

    I’m so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed this recipe! 🙂

Made these for Fathers Day on the grill. Quadrupled the recipe and added crab legs as a BONUS. They came out perfectly yummy! This is our new, everyone wants me to make, all the time recipe! So, so good! Thank you.

    I’m so glad to hear that this recipe was a hit! Thanks for the feedback!

    How much crab did you add? Shelled? Did you cook it longer?

    Oh that’s a great idea!!

I just made this tonight and my family loved it. I baked it because of the thunderstorms. Next time I’m going to grill it. I used kielbasa because I had it on hand. It was delicious but I’m going to try the original recipe on the grill. Thank you Tiffany.

Amazing ive made this twice and my boys love it

My husband doesn’t like anything. I’m going to be brave and make this tonight because he actually does eat shrimp. He doesn’t like any kind of seasoning, but I’m gonna put it in anyway and see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed. I will let you know it is received.

    I’m excited to hear how he liked it!

      Only used a third of the seasoning because I was afraid it would be too spicy for him. He loved it! Next time I’ll be braver put almost all the seasoning in. Very cool! It was a lot of work for a non-cook like me, but if he likes it it might be worth it.

This will become a regular meal at our house, the only thing I will do is change the cook time on the shrimp. I used 14 count and usually cook shrimp for 8 minutes. That is what I will do again.

I will season everything together, pull out the shrimp and add 8 minutes before the packet is done.

Thanks for a great recipe.

Just finished making it, will be having it for dinner tonight. I didn’t use sausage, because I don’t eat meat. I put, shrimp, potatoes, zucchini, red peppers and onions in the packs. Followed the recipe exactly for the sauce, can’t wait. I know it will be delicious. Will leave a review after dinner.

Msde this for our Fathers Day gathering
For 12.It wss a big

I think I will microwave the corn and potatoes to avoid heating up the kitchen instead of boiling water!
Can’t wait to try it!

Just copied all 3 of the links for your foil packet recipes to my memos. Looks like shrimp boil for tonight. Will do the 2 different chicken recipes over the next couple of weeks. Can’t wait to eat them all.

Delicious recipe! I made this yesterday as a “trial run” (something I usually do before serving a recipe to family and friends) and it turned out great! Very flavorful and filling, and relatively easy to prep. I am wondering – is there a reason for cutting the ears of corn lengthwise after cutting them into thirds? I think it might be easier to eat if it’s not cut lengthwise. Anyway – minor detail. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Is this the actual dinner or is it served with a side dish? Rice? Salad?

    It can be served however you’d like! Rice or a salad could be added, but it is not needed. 🙂

This was awesome, love ❤️ country boil!

I made this tonight and WOW. It was wonderful! Parboiled the potatoes and corn (just cut in thirds) and let them cool. Cleaned my shrimp and rinsed in a lemon water, and patted them dry. Mixed in my sausage and added in the Low Sodium Old Bay with the Garlic and put it in the fridge while the potatoes cooled. When I was ready to put them all together, I added in the butter and mixed up the potatoes and corn with the shrimp. It was WONDERFUL! Definitely a bit of work because of the parboiling but I will make it again. Very flavorful

Which rack height do you use????

    Middle. 🙂

Delicious! My husband and son enjoyed and complimented me on the meal.

This was delicious and easy (what a combo)! We switched out kielbasa for andouille because that’s what we had and prefer. Other than that we followed the directions exactly and everything was perfectly done in the time specified. We will definitely make it again –will make a few tiny changes, we’ll cut the corn into rounds we found half rounds awkward, will cut back just a little on the Bay Seasoning and will add a few more potato pieces. This is YUMMY and quick and FUN!

I’m not in the least ashamed to say I’m drooling here. This is on my menu for Saturday night. Thanks for posting!

Could I use fresh fish? Would I just add it raw like the shrimp? Want to fix it tomorrow night!!!

Loved this so tasty my family liked it very much my husband does not like new things and he raved about this meal thank you

Made this last night, what fun and tasty meal. Perfect outside on the patio with a cold beer.

Making this for the second time in one week. After the first try my husband went out and bought 4 pounds of shrimp so I can make it again and again! Tonight – trying it with asparagus thrown in!

    That’s great to hear! This is definitely a recipe to make again and again! So glad you enjoyed it!

This was fantastic! My boyfriend ate until he couldn’t eat any more I followed the exact recipe but cooked it in a covered casserole dish. 400 for 12 minutes and it was perfect! Thank you so much for this awesome addition to my recipe box!

OMG This is so good will definitely make this again

What is the calorie count on these meals?

    I don’t have the nutritional info on hand for this recipe, but MyFitnessPal has an awesome tool that calculates all that out for you! Here’s the link: It’s free and all you do it copy and paste the recipe URL into the Recipe Importer and it will tell you everything you need to know! 🙂

Oh my goodness! This was the best boil we have had (and we live in Texas)! No purging of crawfish! And where has brown butter been all my life!

This looks delicious! I am doing Weight Watchers so I was wondering if the sausage could be substituted for turkey sausage. Also could spray butter be used instead of all of the melted butter?

    Turkey sausage works great! Also spray butter would probably work fine! 🙂

Can the packets be made up ahead of time & kept in the fridge before grilling? I’d like to make these for a dinner party and it would be great to have everything prepped before guests arrived. Thanks!

    Yes you can definitely make these ahead of time!

Do you use heavy duty foil? I’m wondering if the heat from grill and/ or oven will penetrate enough through heavy duty.

    I have used both heavy duty and regular strength. 🙂

I just made this but without the sausage…..I’m not very creative when it comes to food….this was so good…I did have a bit of trouble trying to cut the corn but only got into 3 pieces but I boiled it just a little longer…..oh my gosh delicious… I have 3 more to eat for the next few days…..yummy and filling

I made this last night for my family… they loved it!!!! This is now a family favorite 🙂

I made this tonight and it was easy and amazing. Did it in the oven. My husband doesn’t like old bay so I did his simply with butter, garlic, lemon, salt and pepper. I added Old Bay to mine because I love it. I used Zaycon Fresh Wild Argentine shrimp which is always delicious . Go for this recipe folks. It’s a winner.

My Daughter and I made this Saturday on a camping trip… delicious….we will definitely be doing it again. We added sweet onion, red sweet pepper and mushrooms, and substituted dill for the parsley and “Taste of ‘Ome” seafood seasoning (from New Foundland), and used smoked Cheddar sausage…..and next time will try the brown butter. Guess ours was Canadian style country boil.

Going to make this for a crowd. I’m planning to put in 4 inch deep foil pan and bake. Should I cover the pan with foil before I bake it? For the parboiling, do you boil the water first then add veggies or put water and veggie in pan and them after it boils, start the timer?

I’ve made this multiple times now and my husband LOVES it… if I ask what he wants for dinner when I’m meal planning, he requests this. Super easy and delicious!

Made this today for supper and it was great. My husband and mother loved it. Would not change a thing. I did not grill it because it was too hot outside, so I baked it in the oven. If it this good baked in the oven can’t wait to taste it grilled. Thanks for the recipe, we will have this as often as we can.

Made this recipe twice now. Followed recipe exactly. First time for just hubby and myself. Second time with guests. It was so good!!! Guests even asked for recipe. Thumbs up for sure! Thank you for sharing your recipe! 😘

Shrimp & Sausage with chicken and or meat stock…Just stick to seafoid without the meat.

We attend a shrimp boil every year at our marina and I always look forward to it because it’s soooo tasty, and not something I ever get any other time of the year…. Until now! I made it last night for just me while my hubby is out of town, just in case it wasn’t great. It was REALLY good! I followed the directions almost to the tee except I had to cut up a regular russet potato because our store didn’t have the tiny potatoes. I also didn’t make the dipping butter, but it really didn’t need that at all. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe! I am most definitely going to make it again, only this time I’ll share 🙂

Should I use heavy duty foil? I’m trying this tomorrow. Can’t wait!!

I made this tonight, It was so awesome and Yummy, my family loved it!

    I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks for your feedback!

Tried this recipe tonight and it was delicious! Only difference was I used regular smoked sausage instead if andouille since I don’t like it too hot. I will def be making this again! Thanks for the recipe! 😀

Is it possible to use the precooked frozen shrimp?

    Yes you could, just be careful not to overcook it. 🙂

Hi! I made these foil packs the other the and they were so flavorful and good! Thanks for the recipe:)

This was amazing…. I made this last night, and I can already go for more!!! 😁 thanks for the recipe…. definitely will make this again…..

love the cooking

I can not find andouille sausage anywhere! Went to 3 grocery stores, they only have the chicken andouille sausage. I finally asked the meat counter guy who told me I have to go to “a real butcher shop”, I have no idea of where one is so I got a high quality smoked sausage. I’m making it tonight for my husband’s 50 birthday. Fingers crossed!

I like to cook my shrimp to rare. Gives it a real good seafood taste