This Boiled Shrimp Recipe makes deliciously 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

Boiled Shrimp Recipe

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!)

How to Make Boiled Shrimp

By following this simple recipe and tips I’ve included, you will have the most delicious, perfect boiled shrimp every time!

Here’s how I make them.

Start by adding water and salt to a large stockpot set over medium heat. Bring the water to a boil and allow to boil for 5 minutes.

Then stir in the raw shrimp, cover and remove the pot from heat. Allow to rest for about 8 minutes, until all the shrimp are cooked through. They will turn a beautiful shade of pink as shown in my photos.

Then pour the shrimp and liquid into a colander to strain. Transfer the shrimp to a serving bowl or platter.

You can serve them warm if you wish or chill them to serve cold. If serving cold, cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour in the refrigerator. Serve with lemon wedges.

How to Make Garlic Butter Sauce

While the shrimp is resting, melt the butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat. After it’s melted, 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 from the butter and pour the garlic butter sauce into a small serving bowl. Delicious!

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

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!
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Servings: 4
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Calories: 445kcal
Cuisine American
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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 632mg | Sodium: 5475mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 38.4mg | Calcium: 367mg | Iron: 5.1mg
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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

 

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18 Comments Leave a comment or review

    1. 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.

  1. 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

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

  2. 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

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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

    1. 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

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

  6. I’m a New England girl so I can cook fish with my eyes closed, but shrimp is a different matter. I always overcook the shrimp. Your recipe was perfect! I had to take the shells off first to prepare the shrimp for sushi, so I just threw the shells in the pot and boiled for 6 minutes and then the shrimp. Easy peasy. They went into a cold bath, drained and into the fridge. Next time, I’m going to cook them just to try with your butter. It’s the simple things in life…

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