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    • 1 -100 lb shrimp, no matter the size of shrimp,cover with water so there is at least 1 to 2 inches of water covering s
    • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
    • 3 -4 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning, to taste
    • spices, to own liking,if desired


    1. 1
      ONLY USE FOR BEST TASTE WILD CAUGHT SHRIMP NO FARM RAISED SHRIMP I don't care if you use cold, warm or hot water!
    2. 2
      Start cooking shrimp.
    3. 3
      The water may never come to a boil.
    4. 4
      But constantly stir srhrimp.
    5. 5
      Don't worry about the water boiling or time, it does not matter!
    6. 6
      When you see 1 or 2 shrimp float!
    7. 7
      drain immediately and have an ice bath waiting, to shock the shrimp and stop cooking process.
    8. 8
      Drain well and chill 1 hour before serving!
    9. 9
      If eating hot serve right after cooking.
    10. 10
      If you follow this method you will only serve the best.
    11. 11
      I have been following my recipe for over 20 years and it is fool proof.
    12. 12
      I have never seen anyone use this recipe, BUT LET ME SAY THAT IF YOU TRY THIS, YOU WILL NEVER COOK IT ANY OTHER WAY!
    13. 13
      TRUST ME!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 19, 2009

      I tried to make this recipe, but was unable to find a 100 lb shrimp. That's probably because it would not be called a "shrimp" if it were that big!

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    • on July 24, 2009


      Bizarre -- goes against all shrimp cooking wisdom. Works as advertised -- thanks! Notes: 1) Frozen shrimp work fine; they sink when they're thawed. 2) The "heads" of the shrimp pop to the surface when done -- that's what "float" means. They are flush w/ the surface. 3) Don't worry that the Old Bay forms a cloud -- you can still see the floating heads when done. 4) I tasted the first floater -- perfect.

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    • on June 24, 2012


      I'm making a salad that just calls for cooked shrimp. It doesn't call for Old Bay Shrimp or seasoned shrimp. This worked perfectly for me, following the directions. I did add a tablespoon of kosher salt, whenever I cook something that comes out of the ocean, I always add salt. This is the perfect recipe for serving any type of shrimp that isn't peel and eat, or when needed as additions to recipes.

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    Nutritional Facts for Perfect Boiled Shrimp

    Serving Size: 1 (257 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 167.3
    Calories from Fat 20
    Total Fat 2.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 285.7 mg
    Sodium 1285.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 2.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 30.8 g

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    Old Bay Seasoning

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