Seafood boils are delicious, but the recipes are for a large crowd. Here’s a recipe for shrimp boil packets perfect for weeknight meals!
It’s funny how every year as the summer approaches, I have high hopes of lightening the load, welcoming the non-routine, and having the chance to soak in the sun and heat.
One can dream, no?
Try as we might to live in ease, summer proves to be just as hectic as the rest of the year and our time management continues with a big deficit. But because we’re always busy doesn’t mean we need to skimp on our weeknight meals. More often than not, when dinner time rolls around, I’m time poor and my time management is tossed into the breeze. 30 minutes or less is my weeknight motto; substantial and simplicity is my repertoire.
One of my favorite meals to prepare in the summer is a shrimp boil. All of the ingredients are boiled together in a large pot, then spilled over the top of a newspaper-covered table and it’s a free-for-all feeding frenzy. It does take a while to cook and the cleanup takes even longer. However, the recipe I’m sharing with you today only takes a couple minutes to prep, 20 minutes to cook on the grill and the cleanup is a cinch.
Being that the 1820 doesn’t have air conditioning, my stove and oven remain off during the summer months. Too hot to cook inside. But this is something that I welcome, because as you all know, I love to grill.
A meal that is boiled (hence the name) in a huge pot, and takes sizable time to cook, is certainly delicious and fun to eat. But, why not give the pot a toss and make individual servings and cook on the grill?!
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Shrimp Boil Packets Perfect For Weeknight Meals
The time saver is in individual serving foil packets. Simply place shrimp, potatoes, corn and smoked sausage (optional) on top of two pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with fresh herbs. Fold the foil, making an envelope packet, and place on a hot grill for 20 minutes. No need to keep checking; the grill and foil packets are doing all the work for you, cooking up a delicious shrimp boil.
After 20 minutes, take the packets off the grill and serve directly on a dinner plate. To clean up, throw the used foil away. It’s that simple!
Here are a few gilling must-haves that everyone should have when grilling including a chimney starter and a good, classic charcoal grill. I’ve sourced the products that I own and highly recommend.
Grilled Individual Shrimp Boil Packets
- chimney starter
- charcoal grill
- 1 pound large raw shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 pound small new red potatoes cut in half
- 2 ears fresh corn shucked and cut into 1-inch slices
- 2 (4-ounce) smoked sausages (such as kielbasa) cut into 1/4 inch slices (optional)
- 6 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp fresh tarragon finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp fresh flat leafed parsley finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp fresh chives finely chopped
- 2 tsp creole seasoning
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- Fill a chimney starter to the top with charcoal. Crumble a piece of newspaper and place in the bottom of the chimney starter. Light the paper and place starter on the grill. Let coals heat up.
- As coals are heating, cut eight sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil in to 12- by 14-inch pieces, using two sheets of foil per packet. Divide potatoes, corn, shrimp and sausage (if using) with each of the double-lined foil sheets, layering ingredients in the center.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the lemon juice. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture evenly over each. Sprinkle creole seasoning and smoked paprika evenly, following with the fresh herbs. Add salt and pepper.
- To make the packets, fold the bottom up to the center. Fold each side in to the center, then fold the top down to the center.
- Pour coals from chimney and scatter around the bottom section of the grill. Add the grill grate and place the packets directly on the grate. Cover the grill and cook packets for 20 minutes. Serve warm.
This Shrimp Boil recipe is delicious and one that needs to be added to your summer weeknight meal repertoire. A delightful gourmet meal in less than 30 minutes. Done!
Shrimp Cocktail Two Ways!
Speaking of grilling shrimp, I have an unbelievable grilled shrimp cocktail recipe that I know once you try it, you’ll make it all the time. So easy and so, so good! You can find the recipe HERE!
Are you one that prefers classic shrimp cocktail? Well, I have the easy recipe for you, along with the best ever cocktail sauce recipe. Find the classic shrimp cocktail recipe HERE!