Easy Shrimp Peel (Shrimp Boil)

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) 1x


If you love shrimp, you’ll love this Easy Shrimp Peel (Shrimp Boil) recipe! Quick and easy to prepare, and so delicious!



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


  1. 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).
  2. 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.)