A shrimp boil sure is a fun, delicious way to bring people together. It’s communal eating at its best (and easiest).

By Ann Pittman
Updated: December 31, 2016
Photo: Romulo Yanes

In only 20 minutes, you can turn out a hot pot of onto a newspaper-lined picnic table, and everyone will gather together and dig into the shared pile of goodies. Check out just how easy it is to make:

To complete the menu, serve with ice-cold beer, a big pitcher of iced tea, a roll of paper towels, and any combo of these complementary sides:

Photo: Romulo Yanes

Often, corn on the cob gets boiled with the shrimp, but we like the upgrade of —an elevated, herby take on Mexican elote.

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

Step up the potato game with . You can make them ahead and serve cold—offering a cooling break from the spicy cocktail sauce.

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Bring in the three Cs: color, crunch, and creaminess. has them all, and a ton of flavor to boot.

Photo: Squire Fox

Make a double batch of , and serve it nice and cold. Juicy, sweet, herby, and fresh!

Photo: Randy Mayor

In place of hush puppies, serve easier  You can even make them in mini muffin pans for two-bite pick-ups.




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