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Georges Simple Shrimp Boil Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American


Mild Blend

  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup MSG
  • cup curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Hot Blend

  • ½ cup salt
  • ¼ cup pepper
  • ¼ cup cayenne
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • cup ground celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder


  • 2 pounds shrimp Colossal, unpeeled, tails on.


  • Fill a big pot with water, add about 1 cup of the spice blends and bring to boil.
    You can try just the mild spice blend, just the hot or a combination of the two.
    Experiment with how much you add and in no time you’ll have the perfect amount for your taste buds.
  • When the water is at a boil, add the shrimp and cook for 5-7 minutes.
    Pull one out and taste for consistency and if not quite done, add another minute or two but don’t overcook them.
  • Drain them in a colander and cover them immediately with ice until chilled.
  • Serve in a bowl or on a platter with cocktail sauce but in my opinion, they don’t need the cocktail sauce. They are good enough on their own without it.