Old Bay Steamed Shrimp are perfectly cooked, full of flavor, and make for the perfect appetizer! Or, if you love shrimp as much as I do, they can make for one seriously delicious entrée too. So grab your Homemade Old Bay Seasoning and make a batch of these finger licking good shrimp!

A white plate of steamed shrimp is presented with lemon slices and herbs.

Old Bay Steamed Shrimp

These Old Bay steamed shrimp are better than any shrimp you’ll get at a restaurant. Yes, really! I’m a seafood fanatic, especially in the summertime. I make different kinds of seafood dinners all the time during these warm months! With that in mind, these flavor packed easy to peel shrimp are at the top of my list for current favorite recipes. And, like I said before, they beat out any restaurant shrimp I’ve had lately.

What makes these shrimp so tasty is the water that steams them. When you mix the water with bold natural ingredients like apple cider vinegar and lemons, those ingredients are in the steam that cook the shrimp, infusing them with flavor. Additionally, the shrimp are tossed in Old Bay right before they’re cooked, which is what makes them truly mouthwatering! My Homemade Old Bay Seasoning has it all – it’s spicy, sweet, tangy, and makes this shrimp irresistible. I dare you to try and eat just one!

I also want to make sure that your shrimp aren’t just delicious in their flavor, but also in their texture. If they’re over or under cooked, they won’t be good, and it’s easy to accidentally do either of those things. A great rule of thumb is to not just follow the cooking times provided, but to also observe the shrimp themselves. Once they form a “C” shape, they’re probably ready to go! However, if they curl all the way into an “O” shape, they’re overcooked. Be sure to keep an eye on these shrimp – you don’t want to ruin all of that delicious flavor with overcooked rubbery texture!

A plate of steamed shrimp is ready to be eaten.

How to Make Them

Arrange. Arrange the shrimp in a steamer basket and set aside.

Pour. Add the water, vinegar and lemons to a large stock pot. Be sure to use a pot that the steamer basket will fit on top of with a lid.

Boil. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.

Place. Place the steamer back in the pot being, making sure the water isn’t touching the bottom of the basket. Cover the basket.

Toss. Sprinkle the seasoning over the shrimp and toss to coat.

Steam. Reduce the heat to medium and steam the shrimp for 4-6 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp. Remember to keep an eye on them, paying attention to their shape!

Remove the lid. Remove the lid and toss the shrimp with tongs to ensure they cook evenly. Continue cooking until the shrimp have turned pink and are opaque.

Sprinkle. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Enjoy! Serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges, if desired.

We love serving with a big bowl of this Homemade Cocktail Sauce you can make in minutes!

A cup of cocktail sauce is placed next to a serving of shrimp.

What kind of shrimp should I use?

First and foremost, do NOT use frozen shrimp! Even when they’re thawed, you most likely won’t get the texture you’re looking for. Instead, buy fresh shrimp with the shell and tail still on from the seafood counter at your local grocery store!

Also, a helpful tip – ask the person working the counter if the shrimp come deveined or if they can be deveined before you buy them. It’ll save you a ton of time! Plus, you never want to just leave the vein in there… It’s not necessarily appetizing.

How long will Old Bay steamed shrimp stay fresh?

Don’t make these shrimp ahead of time. They’re always best when they’re first taken out of the steamer! However, any leftover you do have will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 3 days. To reheat them, use the steamer again for just a few minutes! It’s the best way to maintain the shrimp’s original texture and flavor.

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Get the Recipe: Old Bay Steamed Shrimp

Simple peel and eat steamed Shrimp spiced with flavor packed Old Bay Seasoning. The perfect summer dinner!
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound deveined shrimp, shell and tail on
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 lemons sliced in half
  • 3 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Cocktail sauce, optional

Equipment

  • steamer basket

Instructions 

  • Arrange the shrimp in a steamer basket and set aside.
  • Add the water, vinegar and lemons to a large stock pot (that the steamer basket will fit on top of with a lid.)
  • Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  • Place the steamer bake in the pot being sure the water isn’t touching the bottom of the basket and cover.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning over the shrimp and toss to coat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and steam the shrimp for 4-6 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp.
  • Remove the lid and toss the shrimp with tongs to ensure they cook evenly. Continue cooking until the shrimp have turned pink and are opaque. Shrimp should form the shape of a “c”. If they curl up into an “o” shape, they are overcooked.
  • Transfer the shrimp to a platter and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  • Serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges, if desired.

Notes

Steamed Shrimp can be made up to 3 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Calories: 142kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 286mg, Sodium: 908mg, Potassium: 202mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 225mg, Iron: 4mg