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Traditional Old Bay Steamed Shrimp Recipe - Peel & Eat Shrimp

These Old Bay steamed shrimp are the perfect peel & eat shrimp recipe for special occasions or everyday dinners. It's okay to substitute seafood seasoning for Old Bay.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Gluten-free, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 lbs shrimp
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay


  • Combine water, vinegar, and Old Bay in a stock pot. Bring to a boil.
  • Drop a steamer basket into the stock pot and add the shrimp. Return the liquid to a boil and cook for 2-3 additional minutes.
  • Drain, remove shells, and de-vein. Chill if desired.


You will need a steamer basket to make these steamed shrimp. If you don't have one, you can also drop the shrimp right into the cooking liquid and boil them. The texture will be a bit different, but they will taste pretty similar.
I prefer to eat these shrimp hot, right out of the pan, but a lot of people (including my husband) prefer to eat them chilled as in a shrimp cocktail.
I also like to serve these with cocktail sauce which is made from ketchup and horseradish.
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