Pickled Shrimp


If you didn't grow up in a coastal town in the South, you might never have eaten pickled shrimp with your Thanksgiving dinner. But since you can use frozen shrimp in this recipe, it might be time to try. Briny and a bit spicy, this pickled shrimp is full of flavor. You can make this dish the day before the feast for a faint pickle taste or leave them in the refrigerator for a week before, which means you'll bring something with huge personality to the table. Either way, this might become a tradition for your family. Good for a week.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
7 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 3 mins
Total Time:
1 day 40 mins
1 pound of shrimp


  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided

  • 3 large lemons, zested and juiced

  • ¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 tablespoons pickling spice

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 large shallots, thinly sliced lengthwise


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice-cold water.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add shrimp and 1 tablespoon salt; reduce heat to low and cook until shrimp are pink, about 2 minutes. Drain the shrimp and transfer to the bowl of cold water until chilled, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain again.

  3. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon salt, lemon zest and juice, parsley, pickling spice, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Pour in olive oil and whisk together to make the pickling oil.

  4. Fill a resealable glass jar with shrimp and shallots in 4 alternating layers. Pour the pickling oil on top, submerging all contents. Put on the lid and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

650 Calories
57g Fat
18g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 650
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g 74%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 3089mg 134%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 76mg 380%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 468mg 10%

* 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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