Friday, November 19, 2010

Boiled Fresh Shrimp from Galveston, Texas

I know many of you are focusing on food and preparations for Thanksgiving.  I am also gathering my recipes and preparing my shopping list but I wanted to do a follow up to my previous post on the crab and fresh shrimp I bought last weekend from our purveyor from Galveston, Texas. I've shared this recipe before but it's so good it deserves a repeat!


In addition to feasting on crab cakes, we also enjoyed a meal of freshly boiled shrimp. This is my favorite way to prepare these beautiful, never frozen, shrimp when they arrive here in the Midwest. Sadly, they won't be back until next spring.


To serve, I usually just buy my favorite bottled cocktail or chili sauce and add an extra teaspoon or so of prepared horseradish and a small squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Perfect Boiled Shrimp

Recipe adapted from Emeril's.com
Printable Recipe

1 large lemon, halved
4 quarts water
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 pounds jumbo shrimp in the shell (16-20 count)

Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a large pot and add the halves to the pot. Add the water, bay leaves, salt, cayenne, and Old Bay Seasoning. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle. Add the shrimp. Return to a boil and then immediately remove the pan from the heat. Cover, and let stand for 4. Scoop shrimp out place in a an ice bath to stop the cooking for 1 minute. Remove and serve with your favorite cocktail sauce, some sliced lemons and plenty of napkins!

Yield: 4 servings

23 comments:

  1. Boiled fresh shrimp is a wonderful way of enjoying the natural flavors of the shrimp. I love dipping them in seafood sauce.. YUM!!

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  2. Yum! Love boiled shrimp and a good sauce (Not hot).
    Have a great weekend.

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  3. The only way I enjoy shrimp is from a can (I know...sacrilege), tiny, Downeast ones work best for me and then they must be smothered in a dip made of cream cheese, sour cream, and herbs. I'll just slink away now...

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  4. I swear it's the Old Bay. That seasoning is the best! Have a lovely start to your holiday season :)

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  5. Fresh seafood is the best! Your shrimp boil sounds perfect. :)

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  6. Carol said she would be here after she has a Benedryll. :)
    They look delicious. It is a shame you have to wait so long to have them again!

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  7. I think it would be worth it to have a plate of those with a Benadryll chaser! They look fantastic!

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  8. Oh that shrimp looks amazing! I love fresh shrimp. We have a great fish market in town. They get some of the best fresh fish.

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  9. Always a favorite.. They are gorgeous Susan..We eat shrimp a lot:)
    I love horseradish..

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  10. Your shrimps look so fresh ~ and I will add a touch of horseradish to my sauce next time.

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  11. It doesn't get any better than fresh shrimp boil with Old Bay ;o)

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  12. I love boiled shrimps with cocktail sauce!!!! HAve a nice weekend!!! Ciao Flavia

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  13. Gorgeous shrimp! You will be flashing back on those all winter until the truck rolls into town again. Thanks for playing along this week!

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  14. This is making me SERIOUSLY miss the Texas gulf coast. Shrimp in any way or form is one of my favorite foods. You're prepared it beautifully.
    Sam

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  15. Mmm I bet this simple preparation really makes the shrimp shine!

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  16. The old bay is a great idea... and I have to say, cocktail sauce is a guilty pleasure of mine... ketchup, lemon and horseradish... doesn't get any better than that... I have been known to dunk a spoon into it in the fridge. Those shrimp of yours are perfect!!!

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  17. Susan, dear, may you have a seat at the table, please? ;-)

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  18. This is a favourite in our home.that's just the way we like to serve them too!
    Shel

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  19. This is the best way to enjoy shrimp anytime. Horseradish will make it even sensational. I'll have this in a jiffy!

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  20. Good to see someone else enjoying seafood from the Gulf!

    Mike likes cocktail sauce ... I prefer remoulade. We use a combo of liquid and dry seasonings from Louisiana Fish Fry products. Love crabs boiled with Old Bay. May have to try that next time with shrimp.

    http://www.louisianafishfry.com/shopping_additems.php?action=view_list&category=5

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  21. loving your seafood posts and good recipes are worth sharing again and again lol

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  22. This is my favorite way to serve large, fresh shrimp. What a treat.

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  23. There is nothing like the simplicity of this dish. It showcases the shrimp beautifully and that shrimp looks so fresh!!! I like Old Bay too, but it isn't so easy to get here... however, I like shrimp plain, too... but just the dusting of Old Bay brings me back to Tofino where I first had it.
    :)
    Valerie

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