Enjoy this quick and easy steamed shrimp recipe using old bay seasoning and beer. Perfect for parties on game day or with drinks by the pool.
Growing up near the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, my husband knows what it takes to make great steamed shrimp. So when we go to the beach, he takes center stage, making lots of steamed shrimp for everyone to enjoy poolside, with a cocktail.
What kind of shrimp do you use to make steamed shrimp?
I like to use fresh raw large shrimp with the shells on. However, medium or even small would work. They would just be more work to shell and eat. I would not use cooked shrimp because they would end up being too tough.
Can you steam frozen shrimp?
Yes. Make sure to thoroughly defrost and dry them well so they don’t loose their firm texture and get soggy.
How long does it take to steam shrimp?
The truth is that they are super easy to make. All he does is bring beer and old bay seasoning to a boil, in which he then steams the shrimp, for about 5 minutes, until they have a nice pink color.
He does use a crab pot steamer, but any large pot would do in a pinch.
We serve the shrimp with lemons and homemade cocktail sauce.
Homemade cocktail sauce for steamed shrimp
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup horseradish
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- pinch of salt
Store bought cocktail sauce works just as well.
The shrimp are pretty tasty on their own. You don’t even need sauce.
- 3 pounds large fresh shrimp
- 2 -12 oz bottles of beer
- 1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning
- Place beer and seasoning in the bottom of a steamer.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add shrimp and steam for about 5 minutes or until the have a nice red color.
- Cool and serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.
Amount Per Serving Calories 172 Total Fat 1g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 257mg Sodium 1627mg Carbohydrates 4g Fiber 0g Sugar 0g Protein 33g