Monday, November 16, 2009

Perfectly Spiced Boiled Shrimp

This past week, our fresh gulf shrimp vendor from Galveston made their last trip to Wisconsin for the season. During the warmer months, they normally make the trip every three to four weeks and there is nothing that compares to wild-caught gulf shrimp that has never been frozen - especially when simply boiled in the shell and eaten while still warm. Oh, My!

My favorite shrimp boil is adapted from an Emeril Lagasse recipe with lemon, bay leaves, cayenne and other seasonings.Whether eaten warm or chilled, these truly are perfectly spiced boiled shrimp!

Perfect Spiced Boiled Shrimp

Recipe Adapated from Emeril Lagasse
Printable Recipe
Serves 4

1 large or two small lemons, halved
4 quarts water
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons Old Bay seafood seasoning
2 pounds shell-on shrimp

Squeeze the lemon juice a large stock pot filled with 4 quarts of water. Add the squeezed lemon halves to the pot. Add salt, cayenne, bay leaves, and Old Bay seasoning. Bring the mixture (without shrimp) to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.

Add the shrimp to the pot and return to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and leave for 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the shrimp into a colander and cool for about 5 minutes before eating.

Serve with your favorite seafood cocktail sauce.


  1. Pass the shrimp, they look excellent!
    Your mosaic is "BOSS", and that is one of my favorite songs..
    I could not stand for 3 hours though!

  2. Yum! That looks and sounds so good. I love shrimp with a good sauce (not hot). :) Sounds like a good concert.

  3. Thank you, thank you for this post! My oldest son has been begging me for shrimp. I'm bookmarking this post to use your tips. Much appreciated.

  4. I couldn't stand for three hours, either but I wouldn't mind sitting and listening to Bruce for three hours!

    Shrimp looks so fresh and so delicious! Boiled shrimp, just simple and full of flavor, wish I could have some, I know it's delicious!

  5. The shrimp look soooo good - I missed your shrimp guy in Sioux Falls this lat time - he always comes on a Thursday up there and it is hard to get up there. Next year for sure!
    The shrimp and crab salad I could live on for a week at every lunch!
    Great mosaic!
    Did John lift you on his shoulders so you could get a better look at the concert!!! ;)

  6. Your shrimp looks so very inviting, Susan. Nothing much better than shrimp, except fried clams, which I eat maybe once a year. As to the 'Boss", I am not a fan so there is no way I would be on my feet for three hours!

  7. Hi Susan. Did you know I live in Galveston? Yes, I do and enjoy our shrimp quite often. Oh, this sounds so good and looks delicious. I love your shrimp mosaic.
    Now that was a precious video of Bruce and his little mother. He has to be a good guy treating his mother so sweetly.
    I dot hope you'll come back for a visit sometimes.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  8. I love Bruce dancing w/ his mom:)Thank you..I bet you had a ball..

    The shrimp look so tasty too..

    et la salade aussi:)

  9. I loved the video of bruse and his Mom! I'm not his biggest fan but I'd love to see him concert if I could.

    I love shrimp and Emeril Lagasse so I know this recipe must taste great! Your mosaic is good enough to eat ;-)

  10. Susan, oh my, your shrimp look so tasty. ... Big and succulent ... We didn't get to Lawrence the last time he was through our way. I didn't realize it would be his last time before winter. ... Beautiful mosaic.

    About the band, I agree about their energy and stamina ... I can't imagine maintaining their schedule.

  11. The shrimp recipe and mosaic look delicious. I love Dancing in the Dark by Bruce. What fun.

  12. Your shrimps sound delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  13. That's how I cook my shrimp too! Simple and utterly delectable! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  14. Food mosaics just speak to my heart!! :0)

  15. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

  16. I bet you are going to miss the fresh shrimp when I see how good these look! I wish we had a "shrimp guy" :) The recipe sounds wonderful and the shrimp dish made a wonderful mosaic.

  17. I haven't had breakfast yet and now I'm craving shrimp! YUMMMMMMMM is all I have to say.


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