These Old Bay Shrimp are cooked in beer with Old Bay seasoning, butter & dried herbs. This Spiced Shrimp Cocktail is the perfect appetizer!
Old Bay Shrimp Recipe
What is Old Bay Seasoning?
Old Bay Seasoning is made by McCormick & Company. It was originally created in Baltimore, Maryland. This is a herb and spice mix which includes celery salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika. I love it on shrimp and really all seafood!
Ingredients Needed for this Shrimp Cocktail Recipe
- beer - helps add flavor to the shrimp and ensures they won't dry out.
- Old Bay seasoning - a classic seasoning that gives shrimp and seafood lots of flavor
- butter - another classic ingredient for cooking seafood.
- large shrimp - buy them peeled and deveined for added convenience!
- cocktail sauce and lemon wedges - for serving.
What should you serve with this Spiced Shrimp Recipe?
- Three Cheese pepperoni Bread
- Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Pear Bites
- Mozzarella Portabellas
- Pizza Sliders via Amanda's Cookin
How long does this spiced shrimp cocktail recipe take to make?
I love this Old Bay shrimp recipe because it can be on your table in 15 minutes. I like to make my shrimp ahead of time and keep them chilled until ready to serve. They are also good warm, and can be served right away if that is your preference.
More About this Shrimp Cocktail Recipe
How long will my Old Bay shrimp last?
How should I reheat my shrimp?
All about buying shrimp:
- Typically, the safer bet for shrimp is to buy them frozen, as this ensures they are fresh. It’s also easy to thaw and cook them right out of the bag!
- If you’re feeling adventurous and would rather try fresh shrimp, make sure the shrimp don’t smell like ammonia or have shells that are slimy. They should be firm with solid tails.
- For a recipe like this spiced shrimp cocktail, aiming for medium- to large-sized shrimp is the best option. This would also work with jumbo shrimp if you prefer your shrimp on the larger side!
How to buy the best lemons:
- First, look for rinds that are pretty clear of blemishes and have an even coloring.
- The lemon should feel heavy for its size; this means lots of juice
- Lemons with skins that are less textured and more smooth tend to yield more juice and fruit flesh as well
- Avoid any fruits with soft spots or wrinkles.
- Smell the lemon and choose the ones that have sweet, strong aromas.
Other Shrimp Recipes
- Sweet and Spicy Shrimp
- One Pan Shrimp Linguini with Asparagus
- Greek Shrimp Skewers
- Asian Cauliflower Rice Shrimp Bowls
- Easy Shrimp Scampi from Spend with Pennies
- Shrimp Teriyaki Stir-Fry from Gimme Delicious
Spiced Shrimp Cocktail
- 12 ounces beer
- 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley or basil
- 16 ounces large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- cocktail sauce for serving
- lemon wedges for serving
- In a large sauce pan , mix beer, Old Bay, butter and parsley. Heat on medium high until boiling
- Add shrimp and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until fully cooked and no longer pink. Stir if necessary.
- Drain and chill if desired. Serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.