Foil Packet Cajun Shrimp Boil

KTUL/American Heart Association 3/9/17

From the American Heart Association....

4 Servings

428 Calories per serving

1.8 g Sat. Fat per serving

462 mg Sodium per serving


For the Cajun spice blend:

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

3/4 teaspoon dried oregano

3/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne (more if desired)

1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

For the shrimp boil:

1 lb red potatoes (diced into 1/2-inch pieces)

2 Tbsp canola oil (divided)

1 1/2 lb extra-large shrimp (peeled and deveined)

1/4 lb turkey kielbasa (link sausage) (thinly sliced)

4 ears corn (husks removed and halved)


For the Cajun spice blend:

1.In a small bowl, add all the spices.

2.Mix together to combine. Taste, adding more cayenne and red pepper flakes depending on desired spice level.

For the shrimp boil:

1.Preheat the oven to 425F. Make 4 sheets of aluminum foil about 20 inches long. Reserve.

2.Dice the potatoes into 1/2-inch pieces. Add diced potatoes into a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon oil and 2 teaspoons of the Cajun spice blend. Stir to combine spices with potatoes. Divide potatoes between each sheet of foil, placing in a horizontal line in the center.

3.Add shrimp and sliced kielbasa into the bowl along with remaining Cajun spice blend and remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Stir together to combine. Divide the shrimp and place flat around the potatoes.

4.Remove the husks and silk from each ear of corn and slice in half. Place each corn half vertically on the sides of each potato/ shrimp mixture.

5.Securely seal the top and sides of each foil packet. Add each foil packet onto a large baking sheet and place into the preheated oven. Cook until shrimp is pinky and fully cooked, about 25 minutes. (Remove 1 packet to check that shrimp is fully cooked before removing them all from the oven.)

6.Carefully transfer the packet’s contents onto each plate and serve.

Quick Tips

Cooking Tip: Make sure each packet is fully sealed by tightly folding—this helps ensure the packet to steam and cook the contents inside.

Keep it Healthy: Mixing your own Cajun spice blend is one way to conquer a heart-healthy, low-sodium diet as many blends contain a large amount of salt.

Tip: Since some shrimp are treated in a sodium solution to help the shells slip off easier, make sure to look for untreated shrimp and also glance at the nutrition contents on the back of frozen shrimp bags.

Recipe copyright 2016 American Heart Association. This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association's Simple Cooking with Heart Program. For more simple, quick and affordable recipes, visit

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