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Steamed shrimp in a bowl with cocktail picks
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Old Bay Shrimp

Sweet, juicy, succulent Old Bay shrimp are steamed over water and beer, then served with homemade cocktail sauce and a squeeze of lemon. The whole family will love them!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail sauce, old bay, steamed shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 204kcal
Author: ari | well seasoned


  • Steaming basket or fine mesh strainer
  • Skillet or pot


  • 1 lb large shrimp shell peeled, tail on
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning can use hot if you like!
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup beer
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp parsley chopped, for serving
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • In a large bowl, combine shrimp, olive oil, kosher salt, and Old Bay seasoning. Toss to combine.
    Shrimp in a bowl with Old Bay seasoning
  • Place beer and water in a skillet or pot, then heat over high heat until rapidly boiling. Turn heat down to a simmer. Place seasoned shrimp in a steamer basket (see note below if you don't have a steaming basket), set on top of the simmering skillet or pot, then place a lid on top. Steam for 2 minutes, check and toss shrimp as needed, then cook 2-3 minutes more, or until just pink on both sides.
    Beer steamed shrimp in a skillet
  • Remove shrimp and place in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, then serve with lemon wedges on the side. Can be served hot, room temperature, or cold. Recipe for homemade cocktail sauce below.
    Old Bay steamed shrimp in a bowl


  • We have tested this recipe with shell on and shell off shrimp. We prefer it with the shell off, but you can absolutely leave the shells on, then peel just before eating. The shrimp will likely be less flavorful, so feel free to season again with a sprinkle of Old Bay just before serving.
  • Check out our homemade cocktail sauce recipe!
  • If using frozen shrimp, allow to defrost completely before using. Either defrost overnight in a refrigerator or place frozen shrimp in a bowl of cool water. Allow to sit for 30-60 minutes and shrimp should be fully thawed.


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1177mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 3mg
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