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    Steamed Shrimp or Shrimp Cocktail

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    20 mins

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    Bone Man's Note:

    A beginner's recipe! If you are just starting to cook and seafood befuddles you, here is a great place to start! You can eat these hot or, you can shock them in ice water and eat them with sauce (see my shrimp sauce recipe) as tasty shrimp cocktail. It is a very basic recipe.

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    • 1 lb large raw shrimp, deveined
    • 1/2 cup white vinegar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 lemon, cut in half


    1. 1
      Pour all ingredients (except shrimp) into a large saucepan. Make sure to first squeeze the juice from the lemons into the mix and then throw the rinds right in there too.
    2. 2
      Bring the liquid to a rolling boil over high heat. Dump in the shrimp and cover the pan with a tight lid.
    3. 3
      After the shrimp have again begun to boil, allow them to go for two minutes, then, stir the shrimp briefly and replace the lid. Boil for three more minutes (shrimp should boil for five minutes, all total).
    4. 4
      Drain and place the shrimp into a large bowl of ice water if you want shrimp cocktail (or just serve them hot).
    5. 5
      If serving as shrimp cocktail, you can go ahead and peel the shrimp after they're cold, or, you can let your guests do it themselves at the table.
    6. 6
      Note: If you overcook shrimp, you will make them rubbery.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 04, 2011


      I've used this recipe a few times now. It's quick, it's easy and the shrimp taste great!

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    • on September 22, 2009


      Perfect recipe! I had already peeled them when I decided to to steam them but it still tasted great! Thanks.

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    • on August 02, 2009


      This was wonderful. I made this recipe this morning so I could take a shrimp coctail salad down to the beach for our lunch. The shrimp turned out perfect and with a wonderful flavor. Thank you!

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    Nutritional Facts for Steamed Shrimp or Shrimp Cocktail

    Serving Size: 1 (189 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 131.9
    Calories from Fat 18
    Total Fat 2.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    Cholesterol 172.5 mg
    Sodium 752.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 23.3 g

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