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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.

Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Makes: 12 Servings
Calories: 253 kcal
Author: Dédé Wilson


  • 2 tablespoons Garlic-Infused Oil, made with olive oil, or purchased equivalent such as FODY Garlic-Infused Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3, 12- ounce (360 ml) bottles beer, at room temperature
  • 1 lemon, scrubbed, quartered lengthwise
  • 3 pounds (1.4 kg) fresh or defrosted shrimp, heads off, shell on
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • Hot sauce, such as Tabasco


  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.
Nutrition Facts
Low FODMAP New England Shrimp Boil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 356mg15%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 4.9mg6%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.