With a little help from your slow cooker you can have a delicious summer meal in winter without any effort at all. Gather your friends to watch the game and enjoy a classic shrimp boil, reinvented.

Slow Cooker Shrimp

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours, 45 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Slow Cooker Shrimp


  • 1 12-ounce bottle light-colored beer (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, cut in half
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 pound small red potatoes, rinsed
  • 3 ears of corn, husks removed and quartered
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into pieces
  • 2 pounds large (21 to 25 count) shrimp
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • French baguette, sliced


  1. In bowl of slow cooker, combine 2 cups water, beer (if using), Old Bay, salt, lemon juice, onion, garlic, celery, bay leaves, and red potatoes. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Add corn and sausage and cook for 2 hours longer.
  2. Increase setting to high and then add in shrimp. Give it a stir and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until shrimp are pink. Turn off slow cooker and let sit for 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large baking sheet or platter. Pour melted butter over top and season with a bit more of Old Bay. Serve with bread slices.

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  1. Rosalind said:

    This dish looks good and the recipe easy to follow and the ingredients are not hard to find. I cannot wait try my hand at tying to prepare it.

  2. Rosalind said:

    This “Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil” looks very advertising. The ingredients and direction and easy to follow. I can’t wait to try out this new recipe.

  3. Leslie said:

    Hello, I am definetly going to try this recipe, as soon as I can get Android answer to this emailed to me. Ok here goes-can I sub. Raw Brats in the beggining instead of the sausage? Thanks soon much!

    • realbutter said:

      Hi Leslie – We suggest using pre-cooked brats rather than raw to ensure that they get done all the way through in the slow cooker. Let us know how your substitution turns out!

  4. Chris said:

    Made this tonight!!! Very yummy, changed it up a bit used 1/2lb smoked sausage and 1/2 smoked pineapple sausage. Also used the lemon and herb old bay (love lemon). Big hit even with the kids.

  5. Michael Dean said:

    Great transition to crockpot