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Restaurant-Style Peel-and-Eat Shrimp

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
Author Mike



  • 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