Quick and Easy Boiled Shrimp Recipe

Learn how to make your own boiled shrimp at home! It takes just minutes to make and boiled shrimp can be use for any recipe that calls for cooked shrimp.

Shrimp cooks quickly. The secret is to take them out before they turn rubbery and the cool them down to stop the cooking process. You’re shrimp will be ready in less than 5 minutes! Easy Peasy. You may be wondering what I did with all this boiled shrimp.

First, I mustered up all of my self control not to devour them after I finished taking pictures. Then I chopped em up and put them into the most fantastic shrimp and avocado salsa (click here for the recipe).

Ingredients for Boiled Shrimp:

1.15 lbs raw shrimp (equals about 1 lb after it’s cooked), peeled & deveined (keep the shells!)
**Leave shells on if you want to serve them that way**
8 cups filtered water
1 Tbsp garlic salt (I use Lawry’s brand)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1-2 bay leaves

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How to Boil Shrimp:

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1. Place the shells from the shrimp in a large sauce pan along with 1 Tbsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and bay leaf. Add 8 cups water and bring to a boil over med/high heat.

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2. Once water boils, add the peeled and deveined shrimp and simmer until pink, about 2-3 minutes depending on size of the shrimp. Drain and transfer cooked shrimp to a bowl of cold waterΒ to stop the cooking process and let cool.

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Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce or use them in any recipe that calls for cooked shrimp, like that shrimp salsa that I can’t wait to share with you. I’ll post it A.S.A.P.

P.S. What’s your favorite, I mean ABSOLUTE favorite shrimp recipe? Or do you just love them with cocktail sauce? πŸ˜‰

Quick and Easy Boiled Shrimp Recipe

4.58 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Learn how to make your own boiled shrimp at home! It takes just minutes to make and boiled shrimp can be use for any recipe that calls for cooked shrimp.
Shrimp cook quickly. The secret is to take them out before they turn rubbery and the cool them down to stop the cooking process. You're shrimp will be ready in less than 5 minutes! Easy Peasy. Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce or use them in any recipe that calls for cooked shrimp
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$13
Servings: 1 lb cooked shrimp

Ingredients

  • 1.15 lbs raw shrimp shell-on equals about 1 lb after it's cooked
  • 8 cups filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp garlic salt I use Lawry's brand
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1-2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Depending on how you are serving your shrimp, you can leave the shells on or off. I peel and devein first and keep the shells for the shrimp boil.
  2. Place the shells from the shrimp in a large sauce pan along with 1 Tbsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and bay leaf. Add 8 cups water and bring to a boil over med/high heat.
  3. Once water boils, add the peeled and deveined shrimp and simmer until pink, about 2-3 minutes depending on size of the shrimp. Drain and transfer cooked shrimp to a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process and let cool.

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  • Iris
    February 15, 2018

    Hi there,
    Followed yr directions,some of my small shrimp did not look cooked.Still sort of raw looking Continued cooking a few minutes more,not a big change.Some pink,others not so much.My question is,you say bring water to boil,then simmer,do u mean turn heat down to simmer? I kept heat boiling,was that the problem? Anyway,I ended up sauteing them,as were not done.Still were delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 16, 2018

      Hi Iris, did you possibly add the shrimp frozen? If the shrimp were thawed, they should cook very quickly. Also, did you use an appropriate sized pot/pan for your shrimp (if the pot is too small for the amount of shrimp, it would cool down quickly if cold shrimp are added and you would have to wait for the water to come back to a simmer and then cook for 2-3 minutes. Smaller shrimp cook even faster – I also wonder if it is the type of shrimp you used – some shrimp look more pink than others when cooked. I hope that helps to figure it out! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Elaine
    November 22, 2017

    Outstanding. I thought 1T garlic salt would be way too much, but I went ahead with it (1.5 lb shrimp) and happy I did. Simply delicious! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 23, 2017

      I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipe Elaine! Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Thomas
    October 14, 2017

    After you boil the shrimp shells, recommend straining out the shells before you add the shrimp. That way you won’t have to pick out the shells… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 14, 2017

      Hi Thomas, thank you for the suggestion! I think that would work as well πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Elaine
      November 22, 2017

      I followed this tip , thank you! Reply

  • Kevin Benedict
    July 14, 2017

    What a lovely blog Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 14, 2017

      Thank you Kevin! I hope you find the recipes simple and delicious! Reply

  • luda kogan
    August 16, 2016

    Natasha,

    Question again: I have garlic power. Can I use it ? and how much for 1,5 pd shripm ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 16, 2016

      Hi Luda, yes, replace 1 Tbsp of garlic salt with 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder and 1/2 Tbsp salt. Reply

  • luda kogan
    August 16, 2016

    Hi Natasha,
    I have a question regarding this boil shrimp recipe. If I don’t have garlic salt, can I use salt and fresh garlic ? Thank you ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 16, 2016

      Yes Luda, that will work just fine πŸ˜€. Reply

  • Kim
    June 9, 2016

    Hi Natashas. I really enjoy your food blog. Can I ask you , why do u need to boil the shells?
    Thanks. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 9, 2016

      It adds a little flavor – it’s almost like cooking it in a seafood stock :). Reply

  • Angela
    January 31, 2016

    Yum, your shrimp looks good! How do you tell when it’s done? I’m a senior now and still love sea food. I like my mom’s simple recipe and dip:
    Boil shrimp with a small box of Pickling Spice in a cheesecloth bag. When done, strain and remove bag, serve hot.
    Dip: Just ketchup and some Worcestershire to taste. I like it better than any cocktail sauce and it’s the only way I ever eat ketchup! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2016

      Hi Angela, The shrimp are done when they are pink. Make sure not to overcook them or they will turn rubbery. I love your idea of combining ketchup and Worchestershire sauce. Thank you! Reply

  • Laurie O
    April 3, 2014

    So you cook the shrimp in the water with the shells….then you drain the shrimp and plunge them in ice water to stop the cooking. Do you just throw the shells away? I’m guessing they have flavor in them that’s why they are put in the boiling water but I can’t see what you do with them once you cook the shrimp. Reply

  • Jane
    March 30, 2014

    Your shrimp are yummy.

    My mother-in-law’s Shrimp Boiled in Beer:
    β€’ 1 can (12-oz) beer per person, can be flat
    β€’ 1 tsp pickling spice per person
    β€’ 1 clove garlic per 2 people, peeled and sliced
    β€’ 1/2 lb good sized shrimp in the shell per person (legs removed)
    Once beer and spices boil, add shrimp. Boil 2-3 minutes. Drain and pour onto platter. Serve hot with lemon or cocktail sauce or…

    Butter Sauce (family loves this):
    β€’ 1 stick butter
    β€’ 1/4 cup lime or lemon juice
    β€’ 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
    β€’ 2 Tbsp minced fresh chives
    β€’ Few drops Tabasco sauce
    Melt the butter and stir in the remaining ingredients. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 31, 2014

      Wow that does sound delicious!! Now I’m craving shrimp and I haven’t even had breakfast this morning! πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. You are awesome!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • March 27, 2014

    I love that you did this post! Perfectly boiled shrimp is so versatile and honestly, make me happy as is! I’d have a hard time not eating them all too! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 27, 2014

      Me too!! All I need is a bowl of cocktail sauce for dunking and I’m a very happy girl. πŸ˜‰ Reply

  • March 22, 2014

    Looks really simple! I’m making a seafood salad this weekend so I’ll try making mine this way! Glad I found this blog! New fan for sure! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2014

      Thank you so much Elle πŸ™‚ Welcome to my blog. It’s so nice to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you πŸ™‚ I look forward to exploring some of your recipes. You have a great blog!! Nice work! Reply

  • lyudmila
    March 22, 2014

    Hi Natasha, I really enjoy your website, I should say you are doing a great job. I find myself in your kitchen more often than in mine, lol. In my family, cooked shrimp is a treat that never goes without a simple but irresistible dip. Mix a few table spoons of mayo and an equal amount of ketchup, you will get hooked! ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2014

      It sounds almost like a pinterest joke that my husband read to me the other day,.. “Honey, I didn’t have time to make dinner, I spent all day pinning great recipes!” lol. Thanks for your sweet comment. That just made my night. Is it kind of like a fry sauce? Have you tried with sriracha hot sauce and mayo? I just love shrimp and I love shrimp dipped in stuff even more πŸ˜‰ Reply

      • lyudmila
        March 23, 2014

        I’m not sure what you mean by fry sauce. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 23, 2014

          It’s a dip that’s usually 2/3 mayo and 1/3 ketchup. I’ve never tried it with shrimp!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Natalie
    March 21, 2014

    My most favorite is shrimp sauteed in butter, garlic and white wine πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2014

      Ooooh that sounds so amazing!! I can totally imagine eating that right now. Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Inna
    March 21, 2014

    Oh how I wish this bowl was in front of me right now. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2014

      Thanks Inna πŸ™‚ If it makes you feel any better, I am equally teased by it. Leftovers? Yeah right! lol Reply

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