Cajun Shrimp Boil – Boiling Crab Copycat

This Cajun shrimp boil, a copycat of Boiling Crab’s ‘The Whole Sha-Bang’ sauce is the cream of the crop when it comes to shrimp boil sauces!  A mix of butter, garlic, lemon pepper, cajun, seasoning, old bay, cayenne pepper and paprika, make it so flavorful and addicting, you’ll be making this over and over again!

Close up shot of Cajun style copycat boiling crab shrimp boil served on a plate

When the restaurant Boiling Crab opened up years ago in Los Angeles, my friends raved about how delicious and addicting their sauce was so of course I had to try it out myself.

One bite and I was hooked! I never had shrimp prepared that way before and immediately I knew I had to try to recreate it at home.

I’ve actually been making this Boiling Crab copycat recipe for years and I don’t know why I haven’t shared it on LCA sooner.  Well, better late than never!

If you haven’t had this Cajun style shrimp before, get ready because you’re in for a fascinating and addicting treat full of flavor and spice!  And be prepared to get dirty because the only way to eat this Cajun shrimp boil is with your bare hands!

Various seasoning used to make cajun style copycat boiling crab shrimp boil laid out on a countertop

What is a Cajun style shrimp boil?

Our version of Cajun style shrimp boil is a copycat of the restaurant Boiling Crab’s ‘Whole Sha-Bang’ sauce.  Shrimp is boiled and then mixed with a sauce made with butter, tons of garlic, lemon pepper, cajun seasoning, old bay, cayenne pepper, and paprika.  The result is a buttery, garlicky sauce full of heat and spice.

What other ingredients can I add into the shrimp boil?

Traditionally, a shrimp boil comes with corn and potatoes, but to keep it low carb and keto friendly I only add sausages.  Feel free to add your favorite spicy or non spicy sausages and other seafood like crab, lobsters, clams, mussels, etc.

Close up shot of Cajun style copycat boiling crab shrimp boil being peeled by hands

How should I eat cajun style shrimp boil?

Carefully peel shrimp, then optional, you can dip the shrimp in the excess sauce or just eat as is with your hands.  No utensils are traditionally used for a shrimp boil.

Any tips on making this boiling crab copycat shrimp boil?

Make sure not to overcook the shrimp because the shrimp will become hard and rubbery.  If you prefer, after peeling, you can use the excess sauce to dip your shrimp in for even more flavor and make sure to use to eat with your hands for the full shrimp boil experience!

Cajun style copycat boiling crab shrimp boil served in Dutch oven pot top down shot

The special ingredients needed for this recipe are Old Bay Seasoning, Cajun Seasoning, Lemon Pepper, Cayenne Pepper and Monkfruit.  All these can be picked up on Amazon or a local supermarket.

Now, let’s get making some Cajun Shrimp Boil – Boiling Crab style!

  • Prepping Time 1M
  • Cook Time 8M
  • Total Time 9M
  • Net Carb/Serving ~4g
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

2) Mince garlic and chop sausage and then set aside.

3) In a large stove top pot, melt butter on medium low heat.  Once butter is melted, reduce heat to low and add in chopped garlic, Old Bay Seasoning, paprika, Cajun Seasoning, Lemon Pepper, Cayenne Pepper and Monkfruit.  Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.

4) In the meantime, in a new large stove top pot, add enough water to cover the sausage and shrimp, and bring to a boil.  Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat, add in chopped sausage and shrimp, cover and cook for 90-120 seconds or until shrimp is pinked.

5) Once sausages and shrimp are cooked, transfer into the large stove top pot with the sauce, toss and transfer to a serving plate.  Enjoy this dish with your hands!

Hope you enjoy your homemade Cajun Shrimp Boil – Boiling Crab Copycat!

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Cajun style copycat boiling crab shrimp boil served in Dutch oven pot top down shot

Cajun Shrimp Boil - Boiling Crab Copycat

This Cajun shrimp boil, a copycat of Boiling Crab’s 'The Whole Sha-Bang' sauce is the cream of the crop when it comes to shrimp boil sauces! A mix of butter, garlic, lemon pepper, cajun, seasoning, old bay, cayenne pepper and paprika, make it so flavorful and addicting, you’ll be making this over and over again!
5 from 2 votes
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boiling crab, cajun shrimp, shrimp boil
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 2
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Calories: 1367kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Shrimp shell and tail on
  • 12 oz Kielbasa Sausage or sausage of choice
  • 8 oz Butter 2 sticks
  • 6-8 Clove Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp Monkfruit

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Mince garlic and chop sausage and then set aside.
  • In a large stove top pot, melt butter on medium low heat. Once butter is melted, reduce heat to low and add in chopped garlic, Old Bay Seasoning, paprika, Cajun Seasoning, Lemon Pepper, Cayenne Pepper and Monkfruit. Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, in a new large stove top pot, add enough water to cover the sausage and shrimp, and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat, add in chopped sausage and shrimp, cover and cook for 90-120 seconds or until shrimp is pinked.
  • Once sausages and shrimp are cooked, transfer into the large stove top pot with the sauce, toss and transfer to a serving plate. Enjoy this dish with your hands!

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Nutrition

Calories: 1367kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 138g | Saturated Fat: 74g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 44g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 366mg | Sodium: 1898mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6894IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 4mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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