Instant Pot Whole ShaBang! Shrimp Boil Recipe (Copycat of The Boiling Crab)

March 6, 2020Van
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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

If you’ve never had a shrimp boil you’re not alone. Most of us never experienced this delight unless we were from the Gulf—primarily Southeastern Texas or Louisiana. It’s a right of passage in these parts. Balmy late spring afternoons are spent with friends and family eating copious amounts of shrimp, sausage, corn and crawfish—all washed down with some cold beer and loud laughs.

I know this now, but as a Native Californian this was news to me—that is until 2004 a restaurant popped up near my home called The Boiling Crab. It was love at first bite. Their delicious sauce known as “The Whole Sha-Bang!” complete with your choice of spice level (I always went for the crazy XXX spicy) is so addictive and flavorful. They nailed the recipe to pair perfectly with fresh crustaceans.

The Boiling Crab changed the game by developing an amazing sauce complete with butter, Cajun spices, lemon pepper, tons of garlic— a potent compound that penetrated the food; differing greatly than simply boiling the food in a water bath with spice mix tossed in. The Boiling Crab took the traditional shrimp boil to the next level. I’m not alone. The Boiling Crab spawned a million copycats. Every city I’ve been to now has a generic “Cajun Crawfish / Crab Shack” that uses a similar sauce and this was unheard of before The Boiling Crab.

So here I pay homage to  one of my absolute favorite delights by recreating this banging dish at home. Come along and have some fun with it. Throw a party and enjoy the deep flavors of the Gulf wherever you may be.

Instant Pot Whole Sha-Bang! Shrimp Boil Recipe (CopyCat of The Boiling Crab)

Instant Pot Whole Sha-Bang! Shrimp Boil Recipe (CopyCat of The Boiling Crab)

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The Whole Sha-Bang! Sauce
Instant Pot Whole ShaBang! Shrimp Boil Recipe (Copycat of The Boiling Crab)

Instant Pot Whole Sha-Bang! Shrimp Boil Recipe (CopyCat of The Boiling Crab)

Instant Pot Whole ShaBang! Shrimp Boil Recipe (Copycat of The Boiling Crab)

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Instant Pot Whole ShaBang! Shrimp Boil Recipe (Copycat of The Boiling Crab)

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4

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Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds fresh or thawed Shrimp, I used large easy peel shrimp
  • 1.5 Pounds Creamer / Red Potatoes
  • 4 Fully Cooked Links of Smoked Sausage, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 Corn on the cob, cut into halfs or thirds
  • 10 Large Garlic Cloves, coarsely minced
  • 8 oz Unsalted Butter (2 Sticks)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoon Lemon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweet Paprika
  • 1½ Teaspoon Sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (add 1-3 Teaspoons if you like it spicier)
  • ½ Teaspoon Ac’cent Salt or MSG
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • ½ Cup Water

Method

  • 1)

    Place 1½ Cups of Water into the Instant Pot. Add 1.5 Pounds of baby potatoes to the pot, then place a trivet on top of the potatoes and place the corn on top of the trivet. Seal the lid and choose High Pressure for 5 Minutes. When the timer is up, switch the knob to venting and when the pin drops, open the lid. Drain the potatoes and corn and set aside.

  • 2)

    In a bowl, add 1 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning, 1 Tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning, 2 Teaspoons Lemon Pepper, 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder, 1 Tablespoon Sweet Paprika, 1½ Teaspoons Sugar, ½ Teaspoon MSG, ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, stir and set aside.

  • 3)

    Add 2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter to the Instant Pot. Choose Sauté on High. When the butter is melted, add the minced garlic, stir and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add ½ Cup Water, 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, 1 Teaspoon Louisiana Hot Sauce and the bowl of the mixed seasoning. Once it starts to boil, let it simmer for 2 minutes, then add the shrimp, sausage and stir. Let it come back up to a simmer and cook just until the shrimp starts to turn pink (about 1-2 Minutes) don’t let them get fully pink or they will get overcooked. Turn off the Instant Pot, add the potatoes and corn back into the pot and close the lid. Wait 2 minutes, vent the steam if the pin popped up and open the lid. Serve each portion with plenty of Whole ShaBang sauce and lemon wedges. Enjoy!

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