How to Steam Shrimp With Old Bay

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning

  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined

Steaming is one of the simplest, most effective methods of preparing shrimp. All you need is a bit of liquid and a pot to cook perfectly tender shrimp every time. Add extra flavor to steamed shrimp by incorporating Old Bay Seasoning into the process. Old Bay is a blend of spices such as pepper, cloves and paprika that is traditionally used to season seafood. Old Bay steamed shrimp is most often served as shrimp cocktail. Arrange the steamed shrimp around a dish of cocktail sauce for an effortless appetizer.


Step 1

Combine water, vinegar and Old Bay in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the water to a boil.

Step 2

Add the shrimp to the boiling water and cover the pot.


Step 3

Allow the shrimp to steam until they just turn pink, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 4

Drain the shrimp and serve immediately or refrigerate them until it's time to eat.