Boiled Shrimp With Old Bay Recipe

Boiled shrimp is easy, quick, and a comfort food that’s as southern as it gets. It’s an old favorite that has been enjoyed by Carolinians for generations. Boiled shrimp is versatile enough to be served at every meal of the day—breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

It’s the perfect way to bring a little bit of the Carolina coast into your home, and it’s so easy to make that it’ll be on the table in no time!

Plus, it’s versatile enough to suit any taste—seafood lovers will love it, but if you’re more of a land-lover, you can pair it with a side of mashed potatoes or rice.

Why are shrimp so popular?

Well, there are a few reasons. First and foremost, shrimp is one of the most popular seafood dishes in North Carolina, period. It’s cheap and easy to make, which means that even people who aren’t culinary experts can still serve it up at home. And let’s face it: shrimp is just plain delicious—it doesn’t need much more than salt and pepper to taste great!

Let’s get started!

Main Ingredients Needed

fresh shrimp
mug of beer
old bay seafood seasoning
Old Bay seafood seasoning
boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce

Easy Shrimp Boil with Old Bay seasoning

Serving Size:
3 ounces
25 minutes


  • 2½ tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup of pilsner-style beer
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pounds of large or extra-large shrimp. (Cook with heads on or off. Many people prefer cooking and serving with heads on, but it may not be for everybody.)


  1. Combine the Old Bay seasoning, butter, beer, and water in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium, add shrimp to the pot, and cover.
  3. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the shrimp are pink.
  4. Remove the shrimp from the pot and transfer it to a serving dish.
  5. Serve with cocktail sauce.

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