Boiling Crab shrimp or Louisiana style shrimp

Boiling Crab shrimp or Louisiana style shrimp

Whenever we visit the West Coast of California, we always make an effort to try the dishes served at The Boiling Crab. One of the dishes that most delights our palate is the exquisite Shrimp in a Bag.

To give you an idea, The Boiling Crab is a Cajun-Asian fusion restaurant that serves shrimp, crab, oysters and other seafood.

The seafood is served in plastic bags soaked in a thick and delicious sauce that leaves you licking your fingers clean, they are irresistible!


  • 2 kilograms of large shrimps (U15 shrimps)
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • 5 chopped garlic heads
  • 16 red cambray potatoes
  • 4 ears of corn
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 chorizos (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • One gallon food storage bag (per person)

Also learn how to prepare:


  1. Add the lemon to 1 large pot with 2.5 liters of water and once the water is boiling add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Remove with the help of a skimmer and set aside in a bowl.
  2. In another pot with boiling water, cook the potatoes and the chopped maorcas (optionally you can cook them in the same broth where you cooked the shrimp). Cook until tender, remove and set aside in a bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium-low heat, add the chopped garlic and spices and when the garlic has cooked for a few minutes, add the hot sauce and sugar.
  4. To make the whole shabang sauce: Combine the Old Bay seasoning, paprika, cayenne pepper and pepper in a medium bowl and mix well.
  5. Divide the cooked shrimp, corn and chorizo into gallon-size food storage bags for each person, then seal each bag and shake until everything is mashed and coated with the sauce.

Once you’ve prepared all the bags for your guests, it’s time to start enjoying these delicious Boiling Crab Shrimp!

In case you don’t want to enjoy the shrimp in a bag, you can choose to mix the shrimp, whole shabang sauce and garnishes in a medium saucepan.


  • Remember to cover the dining table with a tablecloth and have napkins on hand as you’ll be sure to get your hands dirty when tasting these delicious Cajun shrimp in a bag.
  • Be very careful about overcooking the shrimp, as the caparaon will be virtually impossible to peel if cooked too long, plus they will become rubbery.
  • Each person should have a small bowl to mash their own freshly squeezed lime juice, salt and pepper to dip their shrimp in (optional and depending on each person’s taste).
  • You can also share this Louisiana style shrimp recipe with family and friends. Remember that you can make 4 servings.
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