Boiled shrimp on a blue plate with lemon wedges and a side of cocktail sauce

Classic Boiled Shrimp



  • 2 lbs raw medium shrimp
  • 4 oz. shrimp and crab boil or 2 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt


  1. Peel and devein the shrimp.

  2. Bring 8 cups of water, seasoning and salt to boil in a large pot.

  3. Add the shrimp to the pot and simmer until the shrimp float to the top and are just cooked through, about 3 minutes.

  4. Drain the shrimp in a colander and top with ice to cool. Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce or remoulade for a spicy kick.