This Boiled Shrimp is cooked with a vinegar, water, and Old Bay solution. The old bay seasoning is infused into the shrimp making it perfect to eat on its own or to serve with a homemade shrimp cocktail sauce.

Boiled Shrimp

This boiled shrimp recipe is a delicious appetizer to serve family and friends. It is delicious served warm or cold!

Shrimp and Old Bay Seasoning

Old bay seasoning is one of the best seasonings for seafood. It is a mixture of celery salt, black pepper, red pepper, and paprika. The combination is great to use in sauces as well as to sprinkle on seafood.

When it comes to shrimp, I love to purchase my shrimp raw and cook it myself. I feel that it is far more flavorful when I do so. The shrimp is more tender and less rubbery than buying pre-cooked shrimp.

Fresh Shrimp, uncooked, with tails on preferred. I leave the tails on so those I am serving the shrimp cocktail to can just pick the shrimp up by the tail to eat them.

Old Bay Seasoning

Apple Cider Vinegar


Large Pot

What you need to know about boiling shrimp

Shrimp cooks very quickly. So, once the vinegar, water, and seasoning has come to a boil, the shrimp is added to the boiling water and simmer over medium heat until the shrimp have turned pink.

It shouldn’t take any longer than 3 minutes for the shrimp to be ready. Once the shrimp has turned pink, remove it from the solution. Allowing the shrimp to cook longer than it should will cause it to be rubbery.

dipping shrimp into cocktail sauce

Recipe variations

  • Substitute a cajun seasoning for the old bay seasoning
  • Remove the old bay seasoning and use 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 bay leaf.

Sauces to serve with boiled shrimp

We love to dip our shrimp in sauce! These are just a few of our favorites.

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Thousand Island Salad Dressing

Roasted Chipotle Strawberry Sauce

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Boiled Shrimp

Shelby Law Ruttan
Fresh shrimp boiled in an old bay vinegar solution for a super flavorful appetizer.
4.47 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Fish Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 123 kcal


  • 1 lb raw shrimp
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • Lemon wedges optional


  • Rinse and remove the shells from the shrimp. Leaving the tails intact.
  • Add the water, cider vinegar, and old bay seasoning to a large pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Add the shrimp to the boiling water solution and simmer for 3 minutes, or until the shrimp turns pink.
  • Remove shrimp from boiling water and allow to cool. Chill until ready to serve.



Calories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 23gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 884mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 53IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 184mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Boiled Shrimp, Old Bay
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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Honeybunch Hunts is a website dedicated to Hunting, Homesteading and Harvesting. Written by Shelby Law Ruttan, author and owner of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, she (Honeybunch) and Phil (Grumpy) have come together in a joint effort to share their knowledge and experience from the woods, to the garden, to the table.

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