Monday, July 26, 2021

New England Shrimp Boil #FoodnFlix

Are you ready for a Blast from the Past?  Our FoodnFlix selection for this month is the 1975 Blockbuster Film, Jaws.  

Jaws (1975 Movie)

My friend, Amy of  Amy's Cooking Adventures, is hosting this month and chose this film in honor of Shark Week as her son is a shark nut!!  In fact, she had a fun Shark themed Birthday Party for him a few years ago.  You can learn about that and how to join in the fun this month over at her Invitation Post.

I had not watched this film since it was on the big screen in 1975.  I am not big on scary movies but I did go to the theater to see this movie.  What I remember most about this movie though was how it started off the horrible, unnecessary slaughter of sharks throughout the world as people took this fictional story and attributed truth to the fact that sharks are intelligent enough to hunt human prey.  

Girl with blow up shark in pool

It never ceases to amaze me how much control the media has over people's thought process and belief system.  It boggles my mind and breaks my heart.  I had forgotten that this was a 4th of July movie and it was just coincidence that I watched it over the holiday weekend.

The movie starts with a beach scene with what appears to be a shrimp or crab boil in the works over the holiday weekend.  The girl who is manning the boil takes a break to go in for a swim it begins.....

Large pot with food

I don't think I have to go into too much detail about this classic film that everyone has heard of if not watched.  There were a couple of dinner scenes but you couldn't see what was on the plates.  There were cocktails and coffee.  And, of course, there were fish.  There was also a license plate and a boot that came out of a shark that was needlessly killed.  

Shrimp Boil

The setting for the movie is the fictional town of Amity.  I don't think it says specifically that it is in New England but you certainly get the idea that it is.  So decided to cook up  a New England Shrimp Boil for family dinner last night, served out by the pool while my Angel Face played with her shark named Freddy.

Seafood, Shrimp, Clams, Corn, Potatoes, Onions, One Pot Meals
New England
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
New England Shrimp Boil

New England Shrimp Boil

Shrimp, Clams, Sausage, Corn, Potatoes and Onions cooked up in a flavorful tomato sauce.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 1 Hour


  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 T. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 3 lbs. extra large shrimp, heads removed
  • 30 littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 12 cippolini onions, peeled
  • 24 baby new potatoes
  • 1 dozen ear corn, shucked and broken in half
  • 3 links smoked sausage cut into 2" pieces
  • 2 sticks butter, melted


  1. Heat olive oil in large pot. Add the garlic and cook, stirring,  until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the tomatoes, Old Bay seasoning and the chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.
  2. Add the potatoes and onions, return to a boil and cook about 15 minutes.  Add the clams and corn, cook until the clams open.  Add the shrimp, turn off heat and allow the shrimp to turn pink.
  3. Remove all ingredients from pot to a table lined with brown paper or newspaper, using a spider ladle.  Discard any clams that did not open.  Pour butter over all and serve.


Adapted from a recipe found on Old Bay website.

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  1. Thanks for joining in Wendy!

  2. Back in MS we used to think there was some sort of conspiracy (or "evil" message) that Jaws was set in Amity along with the whole Amityville Horror thing. :) Ah, youth. A shrimp bowl is perfect for this month's film!

    1. Thanks Debra. I remember that we compared the two as well.

  3. What a great dish for this movie! Yours looks delicious, too.


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