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.
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 a few minutes, until they have a nice color.
He does use a crab pot steamer, but any pot could do in a pinch.
We serve the shrimp with lemons and homemade cocktail sauce, which you can make by combining ketchup, horseradish, lemon and a little bit of Worcestershire sauce. Store bought cocktail sauce works just as well, and really, the shrimp are pretty tasty on their own. You don’t even need sauce.
Quick & Easy Steamed Shrimp
- 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.