Basic Boiled Shrimp

READY IN: 23mins
Recipe by Dancer

This is a good basic recipe to prepare shrimp for cocktail sauce.

Top Review by KateL

Wonderful, our guests commented that they had never had boiled shrimp come out so moist before, and all enjoyed the mild flavor imparted to the shrimp, as a few did without cocktail sauce altogether. Note: I found inexpensive cumin seeds, fennel seeds, mustard seeds and whole cloves at our nearby Indian market. As a hostess gift, I put the spice mixture for 1 batch in an empty spice jar, and tape the cooking instructions to the outside of the bottle (I also give a printout of the full recipe).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a double or triple thickness of cheesecloth, combine all the spices (first 11 ingredients).
  2. Secure the packet with a piece of string.
  3. Combine water, lemon, garlic, and spice bag together in a dutch oven.
  4. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp and return to a boil.
  6. Boil shrimp for 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Drain thoroughly and chill.
  8. Serve with cocktail sauce.

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