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Steamed shrimp

Steamed Shrimp

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This succulent Old Bay steamed shrimp is fast and easy to make! Here’s how to steam shrimp until it’s tender and full-flavored.


  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, shell on and deveined (or tail on and deveined)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced into wedges


  1. In a large pot, add the water, butter, apple cider vinegar, Old Bay and lemon wedges. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the shrimp, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Cook 2 to 3 minutes* until shrimp is cooked and opaque, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon. Serve immediately, with a bowl for the shells*. Leftovers last up to 2 days refrigerated.


*Cooking with the shell on makes for perfectly moist shrimp and is most like a shrimp boil. If you prefer to cook with shell off, this works too and makes it easier to eat. Cook the shrimp 1 to 3 minutes, depending on the size, being careful not to overcook them.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Steamed
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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