Easy Shrimp Peel (Shrimp Boil)

December 28, 2009 by Ali

Some families have a Christmas ham. Others carve roast beef. My family?

We have a “shrimp peel” every Christmas!!!

Yep. We’re not Southern, but somehow this wonderful little tradition found its way into our Christmas celebration, and we absolutely love it! Thanks to the delicious seasonings, the shrimp always come out full of flavor. And best of all, the process is super-simple. Which…with lots of family around…is always a plus around Christmas! (And it makes the house smell amazing!!!)

So if you’ve never tried boiling shrimp, or are just looking for a new way to prepare the little guys, you must give this a try! It’s always a favorite. :)

Easy Shrimp Peel (Shrimp Boil)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 lbs of flavored shrimp (or more)

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. (or 2 1-lb. bags.) frozen extra-large (or large) raw shrimp, de-veined with shells on
  • 3-4 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. pickling spices
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1-2 tsp. salt

Method

Fill a large pot about 2/3 full of water, and add vinegar, pickling spices, bay leaves and salt. Bring to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes (so that the seasonings continue to sink in).

Then add the shrimp (either frozen or thawed), and stir occasionally. Once the shells are bright pink, and the shrimp inside go from translucent to white, remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon. Serve immediately. (Optional: garnish with lemon and/or melted butter.)

***Depending on the size of the crowd you're cooking for, feel free to use more shrimp! We generally cook ours in 2 lb. batches, and once the shrimp is cooked and removed, we'll just add another batch of the raw shrimp to the same water. The flavor still comes out just as strong!***

Recipe from my grandmother.

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Ali’s Tip:

Other options would be to boil some small corn-on-the-cobs and/or halved red potatoes in the spiced water for 5-10 minutes before adding in the shrimp. You could also throw in some cooked sausage as well!

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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7 thoughts on “Easy Shrimp Peel (Shrimp Boil)

  1. I love shrimp as well. I was born and raised in KC but moved to North Carolina 25 years ago and we have great shrimp. You might also like squeezing a lemon in your water and putting the rinds in and also some Worcestershire

    - Bobby

  2. My boyfriend LOVES shrimp boils! What a great tradition!

    - zoe

  3. I am so jealous of all those cool southern traditions. I’m so glad your family just went ahead and did it! I want to try a shrimp boil now too :D

    - Lele

  4. i totally agree what a easy recipe and very well put together…love it.. me heart shrimps… :)

    - BNDQ8

  5. I love recipes like this! Easy and delicious. My grandmother makes a brined shrimp that is simple and wonderful! She stir fries it with garlic and green onions and it’s perfect. Great recipe, Ali!

    - aLi.