When you want the taste and experience of a Cajun Shrimp Boil but don't want the hassle, make this Cajun Boil in a Foil Packet! They have Corn on the cob, Sausage, Shrimp, and Potatoes that are all seasoned in Cajun seasoning. SO GOOD. The best part is that these can be cooked on a campfire, in an oven or on a bbq/pellet grill. If you don't have cajun seasoning, don't worry - I have a recipe to make your own out of ingredients you already have in the cupboard.
- Corn on the Cob - Fresh or Frozen or even canned or frozen niblets (see note)
- Sasuage - Andoulie sausage is traditional for shrimp boils but you can use whatever smoked sausage you like. From Italian sausage to Ukrainian sausage!
- Potatoes - Must be cut very small to cook in time. Red and white potatoes work great. Baby Potatoes are what I use.
- Shrimp - I like Large Frozen Shrimp. Wild Caught Argentinian. Deveined and Peeled.
- Cajun Seasoning - If you don't have a blend you can make your own see below.
- Fresh Parsley - For Garnish (optional)
- Olive Oil -Or whatever oil is your favourite to cook with and is light tasting
Ingredients for Homemade Cajun Seasoning
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Cayenne - Optional
How to Make Shrimp Boil in a Foil Packet
- Defrost, Devein, Peel and Wash the Shrimp.
- Cut the Corn and Potatoes into small pieces. See note on Corn and Potatoes
- Slice Sausage
- Make Cajun Seasoning Blend or measure out the needed amount from a premixed blend or alternative such as Old Bay
- Wrap in Foil
How to ensure corn and potatoes are fully cooked in foil packets:
There are three options to make sure your corn and potatoes cook as fast as the rest of your ingredients.
- Cut very small - Cut the potatoes into 1" cubes and cut the corn off of the cob so that you are cooking just the niblets and not the actual cob.
- Use Cubed Frozen Hasbrowns and Canned or Frozen Corn
Precook Potatoes and Corn in Cajun Shrimp Boil for Foil
If you want to precook your corn and potatoes you can do so by boiling them together for 10 minutes or by microwaving them for 2 minutes.
To Microwave Corn on the Cob leave it in its husk and microwave for 2 minutes. Then cut off the bottom of the stem end and slide the corn out of the husk.
To microwave potatoes, leave whole and microwave for 2 minutes.
Please note that every microwave is vastly different because they all have different power levels and this affects cook time! In this step, we aren't trying to cook the corn and potatoes completely through, but enough so that they are nearly cooked.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes 2 teaspoon for the 4 servings
Make the seasoning based on the recipe below just fon't add any cayenne. If you're really sensitive to heat cut the black pepper in half or out all together.
In a classic Seafood boil you will find lobster tails, crab legs, clams and more. Use what you have available to you. Most seafood cooks quickly and can be substituted in this recipe.
Campire, Traeger or other pellet grill or in the oven.
On a campfire - Use Heavy Aluminium Foil, Place on bed of coals and not on direct flame. Or place fire grill built in to the firepit, if available.
Pellet Grill - Cook for 25 minutes at 425F
Oven - Cook for 20 Minutes at 425F
Place all of the ingredients into a large foil pan. Cover with foil and cook. It will take 45miutes to cook in a 425F oven.
What goes well with Cajun Shrimp Boil?
I mean add enough parsley, and you could say its good to go but I do like to serve this with a salad. Some great options are:
- Simple Grilled Peach Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Glaze
- Cucumber Salad
- Balsamic Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Classic Cabbage Coleslaw
- Sweet Chili Coconut Slaw
Cajun Shrimp Boil in Foil
- 1 Large Ear Corn See Note
- ½ Pound Andoulie Sausage Or other smoked sausage (italian, ukrainian etc)
- 1 Pound Argentinian Shrimp
- 1 Pound Baby Potatoes See Note
Cajun Seasoning (use 4 Teaspoons of Cajun Seasoning blend or make your own - recipe below)
- 1 Teaspoon Paprika
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Pepper
- ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Oregano
- ¼ Teaspoon Thyme
- ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Optional, adjust to personal preference.
- See notes for precooking or cutting potatoes and corn to smaller pieces. Its important to either cut your corn and potatoes small or partially cook them before adding to the foil if you want them to be finished at the same time as the shrimp.
- Slice meat on an angle into coins. Peel, Devein and wash the shrimp. Remove the tail.
- In a large Bowl: Toss the corn, sausage, potatoes and shrimp into a large bowl with the oil and seasonings.
- Lay out 4 pieces of Heavy duty aluminium foil that is 12 inches in length.
- Divide ingredients evenly onto sheets of foil. Place in the center of each piece.
- Bring the foil together by joining the length sides together first. folding to seal and then rolling in and folding the sides to the center.
- If cooking in an oven or pellet grill, place on a baking sheet and cook to allotted time.
- Cooking TimesOn a campfire - Use Heavy Aluminium Foil, Place on bed of coals and not on direct flame. Or place it on a grill built into the firepit, if available. Timing varies greatly, 30-45minutes is a normal timeframe.Pellet Grill - Cook for 25 minutes at 425FOven - Cook for 20 Minutes at 425F
How to ensure corn and potatoes are fully cooked in foil packets:There are three options to make sure your corn and potatoes cook as fast as the rest of your ingredients.
- Cut very small - Cut the potatoes into half-inch cubes and cut the corn off of the cob so that you are cooking just the niblets and not the actual cob.
- Use Cubed Frozen Hashbrowns and Canned or Frozen Corn