That is one of my favorite dishes, here is how I do it:
Shrimp Boil Photo1/2 lb. Keilbasa per person
1/2 lb. Raw shrimp in shell per person
3 Red bliss potatoes per person
1 Ear of corn per person
Old Bay Seasoning
2 Small onions per person
1 Carrot cut into 4ths per person
1-2 crabs per person
Boil water in a large kettle on stove or outdoor cooker. Season water with salt and your choice of above flavorings along with the juice of two lemons or 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Add carrots, sausage and onions. Bring back to a boil. When potatoes and carrots are almost tender, add corn and crabs. Bring to a boil, then add shrimp. Cook a few minutes until shrimp are just done - they will be pink in color. Drain and pour into a basket or onto platters. Have cocktail sauce and Dijon mustard at hand. This is a crowd pleaser!
As an added bonus when the month ends with an "R" we get crab out on the coast. We precook the crab and clean it to the legs and body, then put it in the shrimp boil at the time the shrimp goes in. What a meal !!!!!