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Old Bay Shrimp
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Chilling Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 10 mins

Make this classic Old Bay Shrimp in advance and chill. Serve with cocktail sauce or butter and watch these Boiled Old Bay Shrimp disappear!

Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boiled shrimp, Old Bay, Old Bay Shrimp, peel N' eat shrimp, Shrimp Appetizer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 268 kcal
Author: Alyssa Brantley
5 from 27 votes
cooked old bay shrimp falling out of a paper bag in front of cocktail sauce on a tray sprinkled with old bay
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar *can sub beer
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/3 cup Old Bay seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 2 pounds large Wild-caught Shrimp
  • 2 T Old Bay seasoning for tossing
  • 1 cup ketchup natural or organic
  • 3 T horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce gluten free if necessary
  • pinch salt
  1. Combine vinegar, water, 1/3 cup Old Bay, garlic and peppercorns in a large soup pot. 

    Bring to a boil over medium high heat.

    pouring old bay seasoning into vinegar in a large soup pot to make old bay shrimp
  2. When water is rapidly boiling, add shrimp, cover and cook 2 to 4 minutes (until shrimp are just pink).

    large soup pot filled with cider vinegar, old bay, spices and shrimp. covered with a lid and boiling for old bay shrimp
  3. Immediately drain shrimp and toss with remaining 2 tablespoons Old Bay.

    draining cooked old bay shrimp into a colander
  4. Place uncovered in a bowl and refrigerate (at least 30 minutes) until ready to serve.

  1. Combine all ingredients.

    I use 3 tablespoons of horseradish to 1 cup of ketchup but I like my cocktail sauce to have a kick. 

    Start with 2 tablespoons and slowly adjust to taste and spice level. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Serve with plenty of napkins and Enjoy!

    combining ingredients for easy cocktail sauce recipe in a small glass bowl


Note that the nutrition information is for the Old Bay Shrimp ONLY and doesn't include the cocktail sauce as many of you will serve this without the sauce or with melted butter. 

Nutrition Facts
Old Bay Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (0.5 pound of cooked shrimp)
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 571mg190%
Sodium 1792mg78%
Potassium 292mg8%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 11.2mg14%
Calcium 433mg43%
Iron 7.8mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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