Fresh Shrimp Boil


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).

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
2 servings


  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice

  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

  • 2 bay leaves

  • cold water, as needed

  • 1 pound raw shrimp


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

420 Calories
15g Fat
20g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 420
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 376mg 125%
Sodium 7527mg 327%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 22mg 109%
Calcium 193mg 15%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 709mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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