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Steamed Shrimp or Shrimp Cocktail

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.

Ready In:
20mins
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ingredients

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

directions

  • 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.
  • Bring the liquid to a rolling boil over high heat. Dump in the shrimp and cover the pan with a tight lid.
  • 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).
  • Drain and place the shrimp into a large bowl of ice water if you want shrimp cocktail (or just serve them hot).
  • 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.
  • Note: If you overcook shrimp, you will make them rubbery.
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"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. J J.4422
    These are boiled shrimp, not steamed.
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  2. NTexas
    Living on the Texas coast, I'm always looking for a different recipe to cook shrimp. I was hesitant to use this recipe because it calls for boiling the shrimp for a total of 5 minutes. I've never boiled shrimp for that long, but decided to follow the recipe exactly. Well, the shrimp came out very very tough. Actually, it was beyond tough or chewy. Not a good recipe for me.
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  3. starviolet
    I've used this recipe a few times now. It's quick, it's easy and the shrimp taste great!
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  4. nsomniak6
    Perfect recipe! I had already peeled them when I decided to to steam them but it still tasted great! Thanks.
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  5. mama smurf
    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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