Boiled Shrimp Recipe

This Boiled Shrimp Recipe makes perfect boiled shrimp every time! So versatile for a quick and easy weeknight supper and especially for entertaining! 

Boiled Shrimp Recipe - This Boiled Shrimp Recipe makes perfectly boiled shrimp every time! So versatile for a quick and easy weeknight super or for entertaining! // addapinch.com

As soon as school was out each summer, my family would start planning our trip to the beach. It just didn’t feel like summer until we’d packed up the car, driven a few hours and stuck our toes in the ocean! And we always knew that we’d have a week filled with fresh fish and seafood, the smell of Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen, and running back and forth between the swimming pool and the beach.

Boiled Shrimp Recipe - This Boiled Shrimp Recipe makes perfect boiled shrimp every time! So versatile for a quick and easy weeknight supper and especially for entertaining! // addapinch.com

Wendy and I loved going with Daddy to the docks when the fishing boats pulled in and we’d always stop into the little store to buy fresh shrimp and the fish of the day. Fast forward many years to my own family’s beach visits where so much has changed, yet the important things have stayed the same. There are still fish boats coming in with their catch in the afternoons and the store at the dock’s still sells the catch of the day and shrimp by the pound.

One of the easiest ways to prepare fresh shrimp is to boil it. For my boiled shrimp, I prefer to keep it simple. Just a few simple, yet essential ingredients are needed. In less than 15 minutes, you’ll have succulent, sweet and tender shrimp ready for serving or using in any recipe that calls for cooked shrimp!  I love to serve it with either my garlic butter sauce (recipe included below) or my favorite cocktail sauce (or BOTH!)

Boiled Shrimp Recipe - This Boiled Shrimp Recipe makes perfect boiled shrimp every time! So versatile for a quick and easy weeknight supper and especially for entertaining! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Boiled Shrimp Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Boiled Shrimp Recipe - This Boiled Shrimp Recipe makes perfectly boiled shrimp every time! So versatile for a quick and easy weeknight super or for entertaining! // addapinch.com
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Boiled Shrimp Recipe

Boiled Shrimp Recipe - This Boiled Shrimp Recipe makes perfect boiled shrimp every time! So versatile for a quick and easy weeknight supper and especially for entertaining!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boiled shrimp, how to boil shrimp
Servings: 2 pounds
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 pounds large shrimp with shells
  • 2-3 fresh lemons cut into wedges

For the Garlic Butter Sauce

  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic

Instructions

  • Add water and salt to a large stockpot set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 5 minutes. Stir in the raw shrimp, cover and remove from heat. Allow to rest for about 8 minutes, until all the shrimp are cooked through. Pour the shrimp and liquid into a colander to strain. Transfer the shrimp to a serving bowl or platter. Serve warm or cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour in the refrigerator if serving cold. Serve with lemon wedges.

For the Garlic Butter Sauce:

  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Remove from heat and add the garlic. Allow to rest for about 8 minutes. Skim the foam from the top of the butter to clarify. To serve, remove the garlic cloves and pour the garlic butter sauce into a small serving bowl.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Boiled Shrimp Recipe - This Boiled Shrimp Recipe makes perfect boiled shrimp every time! So versatile for a quick and easy weeknight supper and especially for entertaining! // addapinch.com

 

16 comments on “Boiled Shrimp Recipe”

  1. I Love how is this recipe is !! And seems this very tasty,thanks for sharing us..

  2. Are the lemons just for garnish or are they to be used somewhere in the preparation that I missed?

    • Hi Jen!
      I serve the lemon wedges with the shrimp. If I’m serving on one large platter, I go ahead and squeeze most over the shrimp and have more available.

  3. Anything I have prepared from your recipes has been excellent.
    Is it okay if the Shrimp are frozen? Would you boil them longer.

    Thanks for all your work making it easier for us.

    Arlene

    • Hi Arlene,
      I would recommend allowing the shrimp to thaw completely before boiling. I hope you love this recipe, too! xo

  4. Thanks Robyn. Shrimp recipes is nice and simple and I love it. Have a good weekend

  5. Sounds great, love boiled shrimp for a quick meal for a family or a group!! Thanks Robyn

  6. I made this tonight and it’s AMAZING, DELICIOUS this will be one of my new summertime shrimp recipe…oooh cannot forget JUICY!!

    Thank u

  7. Hi Robyn! Growing up in FL fresh unfrozen shrimp was always available (and I love it!) but here in the desert, no so, so I like to buy frozen shrimp at my “big box” store and keep it on hand in the freezer to use anytime. Do I need to let it thaw before cooking it as stated in the recipe for boiled shrimp (or to use later for salads) or would I need to adapt the 8 minute cooking/resting time if I used frozen shrimp? Thanks for your wonderful shares!!!

  8. needs old bay seasoning.

  9. I tried this recipe today and it was Yum! Thanks for the awesome recipe. 🙂

  10. Robyn – You looked GREAT on QVC – now you’re a TV star and famous – Ha! Happy for you for all the books you sold and I can’t wait to get mine. I do love your southern recipes and your communicating with us like you do. I want to try your boiled shrimp recipe, but there are times I’m not able to get fresh shrimp. Tell me it’s okay to use frozen……just boil it accordingly after it thaws…..?? Also, thanks again so much for the meal plans I couldn’t download. Please let me know what you think about the frozen shrimp. Debra from Jacksonville

    • Hi Debra,
      You are the sweetest! I’m in no way a TV star or famous, but I sure had so much fun! I appreciate you watching me and am so thrilled to have your support! I truly thank you for buying the book and hope that you enjoy the recipes!
      You are correct that it is just fine to use frozen shrimp if that’s what you have. I do recommend letting the shrimp thaw completely before boiling according to the recipe.
      I hope the meal plans and the recipes in the cookbook are helpful to you!
      I appreciate you so, so much! Thank you! xo

  11. Simple. Came out perfect. After I drained the shrimp I put them in a plastic bag & then in an ice bath. Nice & perfectly done.

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