Spicy Boiled Old Bay Shrimp

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Old Bay seasoning isn’t just about crab cakes…

There’s so much you can do with it, and one of our favorites is a quick shrimp boil to give those shellfish a special Maryland kick. Spicy boiled Old Bay shrimp is a simple recipe – very easy to make, quick from the kitchen to the plate.  But don’t equate simple with flavorless.

No, Old Bay packs a ton of spice in that cannister. Take a look at Old Bay’s ingredients and you’ll get an idea of how much flavor we’re talking about here. From ginger to allspice, it’s a laundry list of spices that, together, create a highly-addictive taste. This is an excellent party recipe, whether it’s a summer barbecue or a game day celebration.

The paprika in Old Bay supplies the heat (and there’s just a little spiciness here), but you can turn things up a notch by pairing these shrimp with a spicy cocktail sauce. See our recipe here for a good option that uses Tabasco. Or, if you prefer a little smokiness with your spicy boiled Old Bay shrimp, take a look at this chipotle cocktail sauce recipe. Both are quick to whip up and perfectly pair pepper and horseradish spiciness.

Spicy boiled Old Bay shrimp

Spicy Boiled Old Bay Shrimp

Chesapeake flavor through and through
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Meal
Keyword: Old Bay
Servings: 6
Calories: 186kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds large uncooked shrimp unpeeled, with tails still on
  • 1/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups beer
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  • Rinse the shrimp and place to the side on paper towels to dry.
  • In a large pot mix the water, beer, and Old Bay. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Add the shrimp, reduce the heat to medium-high, stir, and then cover for 4 minutes. Stir once half way through.
  • Check the shrimp to see if they are pink. If they are. drain the shrimp and move them to a serving plate. If not, cook them until they are pink (typically 1 to 2 additional minutes).
  • On the serving plate, sprinkle the shrimp with Old Bay and then serve with salsa, cocktail sauce, and/or lemons.

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Nutrition

Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 381mg | Sodium: 1179mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 4.2mg
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