When I mentioned to my mother that we should post this recipe her respond was, “Why? It’s so easy.” And she’s right – except it’s also easy to overcook shrimp which then makes them tough and also hard to peel. So here is our sure-fire way to make Perfectly Steamed Shrimp.
1 pound Gulf Shrimp, unpeeled ( we used 26-30 count)
¼ cup Old Bay seasoning
Cocktail Sauce Ingredients
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Horseradish
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Place steamer basket at the bottom of a large pot. Fill pot with water until it reaches the steamer basket, do not over flow. Bring water to a boil. Place ½ pound of unpeeled shrimp in the steamer basket. Sprinkle liberally with Old Bay seasoning. Layer remaining shrimp and sprinkle again with remaining Old Bay seasoning.
Tightly cover pot with aluminum foil. Then place lid on pot. Cook shrimp on medium-high for 5-6 minutes (time depends on the size of the shrimp)
Meanwhile, combine ketchup, horseradish and lemon juice in a small bowl.
Remove shrimp from pot. Peel shrimp and dip in cocktail sauce.
** Side note: Below you’ll see a comparison of a Perfectly Steamed Shrimp (left) to one that is over-cooked (right). Even though the one on the right is overcooked – it’s still okay to eat. It may just take you a minute longer to peel as the shell may stick.