Looking for an easy seafood dish that is quick to make and super delicious? If you love shrimp, look no further than this easy shrimp boil recipe. It tastes better than a boil without the clean-up!

Shrimp boils are an American tradition that has been around since the 1800s. They’re easy to prepare and fun to eat!

And with this recipe, you can make it any time of year.


Because we are making it in a foil packet that cooks it easily and keeps it contained. The easier the better I always say. And if it tastes incredible to boot, I’m all about it!

Seriously this shrimp boil recipe is SO GOOD!!!

It is a ridiculously easy dinner recipe to make and tastes as if you slaved over a stove for hours. We enjoyed this dish almost every week this summer.

And I made it for extended family Labor Day weekend. It was a HUGE hit.

But I also make it year-round, even though the ingredients are not all in season.

The best part?

There is little to no clean-up. And who doesn’t want that?

Prep work is minimal and it cooks quickly. So I added it to my list of easy dinner recipes for family.

Wait until you try this easy, no-mess shrimp dish!

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My Favorite Shrimp Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I am all about shrimp. Because I love it so much I make it a few different ways.

I bake this super simple shrimp scampi.

Yes, you read that right. It’s baked not sauteed.

And if you have leftovers, here’s a cool way to finish them off. One of my personal faves is this easy coconut shrimp tacos that I make all summer long.

And for a fun dinner or party theme, check out this stove top clambake recipe. I even made it on Christmas Eve.

And we had the best time!

But enough about that – you are here for the shrimp boil. And let me tell you this recipe could not be easier!

Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe

What is a Shrimp Boil Foil Packet Recipe?

A shrimp boil foil packet recipe is a delicious and convenient way to prepare a classic shrimp boil outdoors on a grill or campfire.

It involves combining shrimp, potatoes, corn, sausage, and various seasonings in a foil packet and cooking it until everything is perfectly cooked and flavorful.

I make this dish often because my family loves it but it’s easy to serve for a dinner party too.

Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe

What Goes With Shrimp Boil Recipe Foil Packet?

Given this shrimp boil recipe has protein and vegetables in the foil packets, I recommend making it with something light such as coleslaw, crusty Italian bread, or a salad.

Here are some fresh salad recipes to accompany a seafood boil recipe.

Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe

Should I Boil Shrimp With the Shell On Or Off?

In general, I suggest boiling shrimp with the shell on it because it keeps them more moist during the cooking process.

So you’d have to peel off the shells later.

But for this shrimp boil recipe?

It’s easier to use shrimp that’s already been peeled and deveined.

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Should You Rinse the Shrimp Before Cooking?

I recommend rinsing shrimp off with clean water in a collander before cooking. But make sure they are dry before cooking.

To dry them, lay them out on a paper towel before adding to each foil packet.

That said, I don’t always dry the shrimp before cooking. If you don’t have time to dry them, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe

What Happens If You Don’t Clean Shrimp?

While it’s not the worst thing in the world to skip deveining shrimp, it is still edible.

But the gut of shrimp gut may have mud or sand in it that you can’t taste, but can experience the grit. If you’ve ever had seafood and tasted sandy grit, it’s not appetizing.

This is why I gravitate to shrimp that is already peeled and deveined for most of the recipes I make.

However, you can easily devein shrimp yourself by using sharp kitchen scissors or a small knife to slice down the back and remove the black vein.

Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe

How to Make Shrimp Boil Recipe Foil Packets

Shrimp boils are a great way to celebrate summertime in America. This recipe for shrimp boil includes all the basics, plus a few extras.

Like cooking it in easy foil packets!

Wait until you try this recipe.

Ingredients for Shrimp Boil Recipe in Foil Packets

While this dish is easy to prepare, there are a few ingredients to pick up from the market if they aren’t growing in your potager or vegetable garden.

Each component adds flavor to the dish, so I wouldn’t swap out the chorizo sausage for say, sweet Italian sausage.

Because the type of sausage used makes a difference in flavor.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 lb chorizo sausage
  • corn on the cob
  • onion
  • small red or yellow potatoes
  • old bay seasoning
  • salted butter
  • extra virgin olive oil
homegrown potatoes and onions
Homegrown potatoes and onions

Directions to Make Shrimp Boil Recipe Foil Packets

This recipe is super easy to make because you pretty much dump it all into foil packets, wrap it up, and bake it.

  • Cut pieces of foil to roughly 12″x12″
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • However, there is a little preparation before doing that.
  • Slice the chorizo into fifths, rough chop the onions and corn on the cob into halves or thirds.
  • Evenly divide the shrimp, chorizo, onion, corn and potatoes onto small sheets of foil.
  • Add a pat of butter and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil.
  • Sprinkle it all with some old bay seasoning.
  • Then wrap up the packets and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until the shrimp and sausage are cooked through.
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Simple Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

Some Tips for this Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe

This is high on my easy dinner recipes list because it is pretty simple to pull together. And it’s not actually boiled. The shrimp is baked in foil packets.

Which makes clean-up SO MUCH EASIER. And it tastes just as good!

There are a few things I do to make it easy for myself. If you plan ahead with a shopping trip, most items are easy to prepare within minutes. Look for ingredients that are ready to go.

For example, I buy fresh corn out of the husk. It saves a few steps so the extra few dollars is worth it to me.

And I typically buy frozen shrimp and thaw it before cooking. It’s such an easy dish! And I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe
A shrimp boil featuring corn on the cob, shrimp, scallops, sausage, and potatoes, garnished with parsley and sprinkled with spices, served in a foil container.

Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe Foil Packets

Stacy Ling
Easy Shrimp Boil Recipe that is cooked in foil. Quick, easy and delicious meal without the clean-up!
3.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 938 kcal




  • Preheat oven for 400
    A close-up of a shrimp boil featuring corn on the cob, shrimp, and sausage garnished with parsley, served in foil.
  • Rough chop the onion
  • Slice chorizo into 1/5s
  • Halve each ear of corn
  • Cut 4 large pieces of aluminum foil
  • Divide all ingredients among each of the foil evenly
  • Top with 1 tbsp of butter
  • Top with 1 Tbsp of Evoo
  • Season with Old Bay
  • Cut 4 more pieces of alumnion foil
  • Place on top of the ingredients and close all the edges to seal
  • Place on baking sheet
  • Bake for 30-40 min on 400. Make sure potates are fully cooked.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley (optional)


Tip Keep Shrimp Tasting Fresh
  • Place shrimp in stock pot
  • Fill halfway with water
  • Add ice
  • Slice 1 lemon
  • Add lemon slices and squeeze some juice into the stockpot
  • Sit for 30 min
  • Rinse and use in recipe.
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Serving: 1gramsCalories: 938kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 45gFat: 71gSaturated Fat: 26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 41gCholesterol: 250mgSodium: 3214mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6g
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    1. Sorry – I’m a huge Rachel Rae fan and that’s short for Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I’ll update the post. Thank you for letting me know. Happy Holidays!

  1. Unique recipe idea. It was really great to find your article. I always love variations in food. And you make it easier. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  2. Oh my goodness! This is amazing! I’m having company at the lake this weekend to celebrate the 4th. I’m definitely making this. Thank you so much, my friend.

  3. 5 stars
    I love packet meals but have never tried doing it with the shrimp boil ingredients! I’ll have to give it a try!