Shrimp Boil Foil Pack Recipe is a tasty and mess free dinner option for the grill or oven. Shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob and baby potatoes are tossed in melted butter and Cajun seasoning for a flavor packed meal.
What is shrimp boil?
A Shrimp Boil is a classic Southern dish that typically consists of some type of shellfish accompanied by Andouille Sausage, potatoes, corn on the cob all boiled together in a large pot.
The cooked ingredients are tossed in a savory sauce of melted butter and seasoning. The Cajun blend of seasoning and butter adds so much flavor to the dish.
This particular recipe is being cooked on the grill but can be baked in the oven. Either way, the Shrimp Boil Foil Packets remove the need for a large pot and you can skip the step to boil everything.
Foil packets are even easier and make clean up a breeze.
- Large Shrimp (Peeled and Deveined)
- Smoked Andouille Sausage (Sliced into 1/2” thick pieces)
- Ears of Corn (husked and cut crosswise into 4 pieces each)
- Baby Red Potatoes (quartered)
- Olive Oil
- Minced Garlic
- Old Bay Seasoning
- Salt and Pepper
- Lemon Juice, fresh is best
- Lemon (cut into wedges)
- Unsalted Butter
- Chopped Fresh Parsley (for serving)
How to make shrimp boil in foil packs:
- Step 1. Fire up the grill. Preheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 450 degrees F).
- Step 2. Get out the aluminum foil. Cut 4 large pieces of heavy duty foil into approximately 12X12 inches and spray the foil into non-stick cooking spray.
- Step 3. Combine all of the ingredients. In a large bowl, gently toss together all the ingredients except for the butter and parsley. Make sure everything is well coated in seasoning.
- Step 4. Divide the mixture between the foil pieces. Evenly divide the mixture into the center of each piece of foil and top each one with 1 tablespoon of butter. Then fold up the edges of the foil around the food to create a closed packet.
- Step 5. Grill each packet. Place the foil packets on the grill over direct heat. Grill for 12-15 minutes (flipping halfway through the cook time) until cooked through.
- Step 6. Top with fresh parsley and enjoy. Serve immediately topped with fresh parsley and enjoy!
How to cook shrimp boil foil packets in the oven:
- Prepare the foil packets as instructed above.
- Place on a baking sheet. This will make the foil packets easy to remove from the oven once cooked.
- Bake the packets for 15 minutes to 17 minutes at 425 degrees.
- Prepare ahead of time. The packets can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to cook. This is a great way to save time and meal prep the night before. You can just toss on the grill or put in the oven the next day for dinner and all of the work has been done.
- Serve with extra seasoned butter. It is totally optional but I love to serve these foil packs with extra butter with old bay for dipping. It is absolutely delicious for dipping the shrimp and corn. We sometimes serve with bread and it’s good on that too.
- Heavy Duty Foil. I recommend using the heavy duty aluminum foil. It holds up on the grill as well as during serving. If you only have regular foil, double it to play it safe.
- Don’t overcrowd the packets. The ingredients should be dispersed between the 4 sheets so it is not overcrowded. If the foil packs contain too much, it will be hard for the ingredients to cook evenly.
- Cut the potatoes and corn. These ingredients will cook faster on the grill if you cut them into smaller pieces. The shrimp takes very little time to cook and this will help everything come together at the same time without anything being overcooked or undercooked.
- Seasoning. Old Bay is the preferred season for Shrimp Boils but you can use anything you want or prefer. If you don’t like it, omit and just use the garlic.
However, a real shrimp boil always has Cajun seasoning. You can add hot sauce if you like extra heat.
- Seafood. Feel free to add other seafood items such as scallops, crawfish or crab.
- Sausage. If you can’t find Andouille Sausage, Kielbasa is a tasty substitute in this recipe.
- Potatoes. Instead of red potatoes, feel free to substitute yellow potatoes. Either option turns out great.
- Vegetables. You can add extra vegetables. Some tasty options we love include asparagus, zucchini and bell peppers. The options are endless!
- Omit or add extra. If you don’t prefer sausage, omit it from the packet and add extra shrimp or vice versa. These foil packets are so simple to customize based on what you love.
How to store:
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through.
Do not reheat the shrimp for too long as they have a tendency to dry out quickly when reheated. You may want to separate them from the other ingredients when reheating.
Serve these tasty and easy foil packs for dinner this week. They are the perfect make ahead dinner option for busy days.
We also like to make these for company. Everyone always loves this and we get to spend more time hanging out since it’s easy to prepare these the night before.
You will love having the option to cook these on the grill or oven. Sometimes, the weather just does not allow for grilling, and you can quickly make these inside.
The flavor is perfect and the ingredients are easy to customize to your liking. Also, there is practically no clean up. The entire recipe is a win all around.
Print this Foil Pack Shrimp Boil recipe:
Shrimp Boil Foil Pack
- 1 Pound Large Shrimp Peeled and Deveined
- 1 Package Smoked Andouille Sausage 12 oz package – sliced into 1/2” thick pieces
- 2 Ears of Corn husked and cut crosswise into 4 pieces each
- 1 Pound Baby Red Potatoes quartered
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- 3 Tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
- 1/2 Lemon Juice
- 1 Lemon cut into wedges
- 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- Chopped Fresh Parsley for serving
- Preheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 450 degrees F).
- Cut 4 large pieces of heavy duty foil into approximately 12X12 inches and spray the foil into non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, gently toss together all the ingredients except for the butter and parsley.
- Evenly divide the mixture into the center of each piece of foil and top each one with 1 tablespoon of butter. Then fold up the edges of the foil around the food to create a closed packet.
- Place the foil packets on the grill over direct heat. Grill for 12-15 minutes (flipping halfway through the cook time) until cooked through.
- Serve immediately topped with fresh parsley and enjoy!
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