Restaurant Style Peel and Eat Shrimp

We recently returned from a vacation to the Fernandina Beach area of Florida. We’d never been before and so enjoyed our time there. From the moment I made the reservations I dreamed of one thing about the trip. Nope, it wasn’t the beach, or the great warm weather or nice people. I dreamed of eating restaurant style peel and eat shrimp. And I don’t mean sort of dreamed about it, either. I was obsessed. And after we got home I made an exact copy of those same dishes so I could keep enjoying it.

Restaurant-Style Peel-and-Eat Shrimp

You want to use the best shrimp I could get when I made these restaurant style peel-and-eat shrimp. That means not farm raised somewhere far, far away. Lucky me, I found a family-owned seafood company just south of Amelia Island that ships fantastic shrimp for a good price, Shrimp To Shore. The shrimp are wild caught, perfectly sized, and crazy delicious. They’re what made this a memorable dish.

Oh, if you’re in the Fernandina Beach or Amelia Island areas and are craving great peel-and-eat shrimp, stop by The Salty Pelican and Slider’s Seaside Grill and order up a plate!

Also try my Italian barbecue shrimp.

Restaurant-Style Peel-and-Eat Shrimp
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Restaurant Style Peel and Eat Shrimp

Use the best shrimp you can find for the best results
Course Appetizer or Main
Cuisine American
Keyword restaurant, shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 249kcal



  • Fill a large pot halfway with water. Add the beer, 2 tablespoons of Old Bay, pickling spice, and one lemon (halved along with the juice).
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the shrimp.
  • Cook for 2-4 minutes or until done as desired.
  • Drain the shrimp in a colander but do not rinse. Sprinkle with more Old Bay as desired and toss gently.
  • Serve with the remaining lemon (sliced) and cocktail sauce. I serve my shrimp over fresh crushed ice.
  • Note: I like to cook a single shrimp first. I use it as a test to determine the exact cook time for the remaining shrimp. In my case, my 20 count shrimp took 2 minutes and 40 seconds to be perfect. Shrimp aren't cheap, and you want the best-cooked shrimp. I think it's worth this extra step to determine the ideal cook time!


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 118mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.