A Week of Low-Carb Meals, Day 1: Southern-Style Shrimp Boil

We’ve kicked off another round of “healthy eating” here at Unintended Domesticity, HQ. I’m calling it “pre-gaming” for the inevitable holiday weight gain. So, much to the hubby’s chagrin, we’ve once again cut out grains & added sugar from our diets.

The hubby in particular considers a low-carb diet something akin to torture. He simply loves his breads, pastas, pizza, and sweets. But what’s even worse that giving up his favorites is the amount of (gasp) vegetables I make him eat when we’re low-carb.  (The horror, right?)

So to ease him back into the low-carb scene, I started us off with low-country style shrimp boil, where the focus is on the seafood and spice. The recipe below was perfect for three servings, so adjust accordingly for your own brood. I also replaced the traditional red potatoes with mushrooms to further reduce the carb count, but you can really do either.


  • 1 lb large shrimp, unpeeled
  • 1 lb sausage, any variety
  • 2 ears of fresh corn, shucked and cut into thirds
  • 1 pkg of whole white mushrooms
  • 1/2 one onion, sliced in long strips
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 bag of Zatarain’s crawfish, shrimp, and crab boil-in-a-bag
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp salt
  • 2 cups of beer of your choice
  • 1 tbsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce (optional)
  • Parsley or scallion to garnish


  1.  Add the boil bag, quartered lemon, and salt in the bottom compartment of a strainer pot, then fill the top pot with beer and water until about 2/3 full. Bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add all remaining ingredients except the shrimp, and boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the shrimp, then boil for appx 90 seconds.
  4. Strain out the boil water (no need to shake, a little remaining moisture is good for flavor) and plate.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped scallions or parsley, whatever you have on hand.

Voila! It’s really that easy – this meal, prep and all comes together in less than 30 minutes and, even in its carb free version, is husband-approved.