Old Bay-Steamed Shrimp Recipe

Indulge in a true coastal delight with this mouthwatering Old Bay-steamed shrimp recipe. Originating from the Chesapeake Bay region, Old Bay seasoning has become an iconic flavor synonymous with the vibrant seafood culture of Maryland. In this recipe, succulent shrimp take center stage as they are expertly steamed to perfection, infused with vinegar, butter, and the signature blend of herbs and spices that make Old Bay a beloved seasoning. The steamed shrimp are also tossed with Old Bay after cooking, then served with fresh lemon wedges and coriander.

According to food Blogger Ksenia Prints of At the Immigrant's Table, the result is a delectable dish that captures the essence of the sea while still feeling fresh and healthy, with a tantalizing combination of flavors that will transport you to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay with every bite. Get ready to savor the taste of tradition and enjoy a seafood feast that pays homage to the coastal culinary heritage of Maryland.

Gather the ingredients for Old Bay steamed shrimp

To make this dish, you naturally need Old Bay seasoning (unfortunately, you cannot make it at home as its ingredients are a closely guarded secret!) and raw shrimp (preferably, deveined and with shell or tail on). Salted butter, apple cider vinegar, fresh coriander, and lemon complete the flavor profile of this great American dish.

Make a flavorful broth

To impart the flavor of the Maryland seashore onto our shrimp, we must flavor the water used to steam the shrimp. Though you may not think so, the aromas and seasoning from the water will gently permeate the shellfish, giving it a delicate taste that doesn't hit you upside the head.

In a medium saucepan, combine the apple cider vinegar, water, salted butter, lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning. Stir the ingredients together until well-mixed. Place the saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat and allow the mixture to boil.

Steam the shrimp

Now that your broth is ready, it's time to add the shrimp! The combination of tangy apple cider vinegar, aromatic Old Bay seasoning, and buttery richness sets the stage for the mouthwatering shrimp steamed to perfection.

Set a steaming basket on the saucepan, creating a perfect setup for the shrimp to cook in the flavorful steam. Place the shrimp into the steaming basket, ensuring they are evenly spread. Cover the pot with a lid, trapping the steam. Cook the shrimp for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, or until they turn pink. This quick cooking time ensures that the shrimp remain tender and juicy.

Season the shrimp with more Old Bay

After steaming, remove the pot from the heat and carefully drain the cooked shrimp. Sprinkle the steamed shrimp with the remaining teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning, adding an extra layer of zesty flavor to the dish.

Serve the Old Bay-steamed shrimp

When ready to serve, garnish the shrimp with diced coriander. Serve the Old Bay-steamed shrimp with a side of a lemon wedge, providing a refreshing citrusy element that perfectly complements the briny goodness of the shrimp.

Enjoy this delectable seafood delight as an appetizer or a main course, savoring the flavors that capture the essence of the Chesapeake Bay. Leftover steamed shrimp will keep for three to four days, sealed in an airtight container in the fridge.

Old Bay-Steamed Shrimp Recipe
5 from 38 ratings
Infuse plenty of flavor into your shrimp with this Old Bay-steamed recipe.
Prep Time
Cook Time
bowl of steamed shrimp
Total time: 10 minutes
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, divided
  • 1 ½ pounds shell-on shrimp, deveined
  • ½ lemon, sliced into wedges
Optional Ingredients
  • fresh coriander, for garnish
  1. Combine the apple cider vinegar, water, salted butter, lemon juice, and 3 tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning in a medium saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it reaches a boil. Once boiling, place a steaming basket on top of the pot and carefully add the shrimp. Cover the pot and steam the shrimp for approximately 2-3 minutes, or until they turn pink.
  2. Once cooked, drain the shrimp thoroughly. Sprinkle the remaining teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning over the steamed shrimp.
  3. Optionally garnish with the shrimp diced coriander and serve alongside a lemon wedge.
Calories per Serving 191
Total Fat 4.1 g
Saturated Fat 2.1 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 281.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
Total Sugars 0.5 g
Sodium 232.7 mg
Protein 34.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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