This is how I prepare shrimp. You can eat these chilled, with cocktail sauce or add them to your favorite recipe. I love to add these shrimp to coctel de camaron (Mexican shrimp cocktail).

Recipe Summary

15 mins
5 mins
20 mins
2 servings


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix beer, onion, red pepper flakes, parsley, salt, butter, garlic, pickling spice, oregano, and bay leaves in a saucepan; add enough cold water to fill the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil.

  • Drop shrimp into the boiling liquid, let the mixture return to a boil, and cook until shrimp are bright pink and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, about 5 minutes; drain.

Cook's Note:

After shrimp are cooked, the boil can be discarded or saved to be used as broth.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the boil ingredients. The actual amount of the boil consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

420 calories; protein 40.1g 80% DV; carbohydrates 19.9g 6% DV; fat 15.2g 23% DV; cholesterol 375.7mg 125% DV; sodium 7526.5mg 301% DV. Full Nutrition

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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
I love this recipe! I do not use the beer--since I'm gluten free. It's important to know that you need to chill the shrimp in ice water after cooking, so they stop cooking. I have made this 3 times, and have found that I prefer serving them with shell on--they have incredible texture, and people love to play with their food! You will enjoy this! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this for my family tonight and they loved it. Even with the crushed red pepper is wasn't spicy (only my son and I like spicy food). This dish goes great with Jasmine rice and oven roasted squash and zucchini. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a terrific shrimp boil. In fact I will use this to cook all my boiled shrimp for recipes and shrimp cocktails in the future. Perfect! Thanks for sharing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Just delicious...followed the recipe exactly..I put the shrimp in a small bowl lined with romaine lettuce. Had small slices of sharp cheddar cheese nestled next to the shrimp. Mixed cocktail sauce with a small amount of horseradish and put in the center. Excellent Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Loved this and it's the second time for it. I don't have pickling spice so I read up on the ingredients and added them into the boiling water. Doubled this for two pounds of colossal shrimp. An excellent pronounced flavor that is not too spicy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is absolutely delicious. Did just like recipe except had no Mexican oregano or pickling spice. Delicious anyway!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was delicious. Great flavors. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Used this as the broth for frogmore stew and it was delicious... much better than the Old Bay seasoning based recipe I had been using! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made it exactly as the recipe dictated except I used bud light lime for the beer and it was one of the best shrimp boils my hubby and I have ever tasted! Perfect chilled with spicy cocktail sauce. Read More