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Pinoy Shrimp Boil with Peanuts

This one is different. It’s not a usual Pinoy Recipe. Though I’m not sure why. We are an archipelago after all, and our seas abound with seafood. Nilagang seafood? The nearest I can think of is the simplest shrimp recipe we do, which is just put shrimp on pan, add a bit of water and salt, and let boil till water is gone. But the flavor profile of that dish is totally on a different level than the shrimp boil.

So anyway, there’s a Shrimp Shack in front of my grocery store and I was so tempted to go in there and have some great time with my sisters. (Hubby and son doesnt care much for seafood.) But I looked at the price, and of course, I thought that we’d enjoy it much better if I cooked it at home.

I searched online for the recipe and found that it requires Old Bay seasoning which my grocery doesn’t carry. Good thing I found it online at the Mccormick Philippines website. (no this is not a paid write up).

Delivery took about a  week so this Shrimp Boil was 2 weeks in the making. Yes, that’s how much I wanted to have a taste! ????

Online recipes seemed simple enough. Just boil it haha! I got the first recipe I found – I think it was this one. And if you know me, you know that I don’t follow recipes as is because either I don’t have all the ingredients, or I don’t like the ingredient, or I simply want to tweak it. (That’s why I’m not a very good baker!)

Pinoy Shrimp Boil Recipe


  • 4 liters of water
  • beer (optional)
  • 1 cup Old Bay
  • 1 whole garlic -cut off top
  • 2 large onion -quartered
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • lemon (I used about 10 pcs calamansi, deseed so it’s not bitter)
  • half kilo baby potatoes
  • any smoked sausage 1 pack
  • 4 corn cut into 4
  • 1 kilo shrimp preferably large -whatever you can afford
  • assorted seafood
  • 1 pack boiled peanuts (nilaga)
  • butter/ margarine


  1. Boil water, beer, salt, and Old Bay, and calamansi.
  2. Add potatoes, onions, and garlic when water is boiling. Cook for about 10 minutes -till your potatoes are still firm but cooked.
  3. Add sausage and cook for 3 minutes more.
  4. Add corn and peanuts and cook for additional 10 minutes.
  5. Add shrimps and assorted seafood and boil for 4 more minutes.
  6. Drain liquid, and transfer to serving plates.
  7. For the butter, just melt it, add a bit of Old Bay and use as sauce or just simply pour over the Shrimp Boil.

Was it worth the wait? Definitely yes! I think we had this twice already for the past month. It’s so good as a chi cha for movies, just hanging out in the kitchen, and did I say beer?

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Relax Lang Mom is a Pinoy Mom Blog for food, lifestyle, and simple living. I believe that you don’t have to be perfect to be a good mom. Let us give ourselves permission. Permission to not be perfect. Permission to relax. And as my son always say, out of the babes mouth, (which incidentally is where this blog’s name came from) “Relax Lang, Mom!

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