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Low FODMAP New England Shrimp Boil


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Make a Shrimp Boil – It’s Easy & Low FODMAP

Are you a seafood lover? Then we have great news! As FODMAPs are carbohydrates, your favorite proteins from the sea are on the menu and just fine to incorporate even during the Elimination phase – as with this low FODMAP New England Shrimp Boil.

low FODMAP shrimp boil on white plate on top of newspaper on the deck
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Simple & Guest-Worthy

Our FODMAP Everyday® headquarters are in New England in the USA and we are known for our seafood.

Sometimes we go over-the-top, like with our Lobster Mac n’ Cheese, but most often we like preparations that highlight the seafood itself in its singular briny freshness. This New England Shrimp Boil is just that – a simple technique that focuses on the shrimp and is loads of fun to eat.

You start off by blooming spices in hot Garlic-Infused Olive Oil, then adding beer instead of water for the boiling medium.

The entire process takes mere minutes and only 3 steps.

A simple bowl of melted butter with a little hot sauce is served alongside for dipping the peeled shrimp, after they are drained.

closeup of low FODMAP shrimp boil on white plate with lemon wedges

And the fun? Lay out newspaper on your table and invite lucky eaters to discard the shells right onto the paper.

At cleanup time, just roll up the newspaper. And don’t forget loads of paper towels. Licking your fingers won’t be good enough!

Beer is Low FODMAP

You might be wondering about beer, and it is indeed low FODMAP in portions of 12-ounces (375 ml).

This entire recipe uses 3 times that amount, but the beer is only used as a boiling medium and as such is not wholly consumed, so it ends up playing a minor FODMAP role.

Picking Pots

When choosing cookware, choose a pot in which the shrimp will be completely or almost completely covered with the liquid once everything is in the pot. I use a 3-quart (2.8 L) pot that is rather tall and a bit narrow.

closeup of shrimp boil on white plate with lemon wedges

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Please note that the Nutritional Info is not very specific. We cannot take into account the vast majority of beer that is left behind, or the amount of butter that you use, personally. The numbers presented below are the high end estimate. What you actually eat will be lower.

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closeup of shrimp boil on white plate with lemon wedges
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Low FODMAP New England Shrimp Boil

This dish couldn't be easier. You will very briefly boil shrimp in a flavorful, beer-based liquid for a tasty treat fancy enough for guests.

Makes: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson



  1. Place oil in a deep pot, such as a tall 3-quart (2.8 L) pot, and heat over medium heat until shimmering. Add fennel seeds, mustard seeds, salt and red pepper flakes and heat for about 2 minutes or just until the seeds begin to pop. Add the beer, then squeeze the lemon wedges into the pot and add the lemons themselves to the pot as well. Give everything a good stir.
  2. Add the shrimp and bring back to a boil. Use a large, sturdy spoon to get the shrimp on the bottom to the top and vice versa once during cooking. Cook just until shrimp are opaque, maybe about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain in a colander, discarding liquid.
  3. Quickly pile the shrimp on a serving platter and set out on a newspaper-covered table. Add some hot sauce to the melted butter, offered in a dipping bowl alongside, and offer extra hot sauce for those so inclined. Peel and eat right away! Dive in!



  • This Low FODMAP New England Shrimp Boil is very easy to make but is dependent on the quality of the few ingredients. Make sure your spices are fresh for best results. We like to buy in bulk and purchase just what we need from a purveyor with high turnover.
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 0.2mg

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.

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