Steamed shrimp is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them. Coated in zesty old bay seasoning and steamed in beer to perfection they are delicious and extra flavorful thanks to the steaming them in their shells. This method is foolproof. It can get little messy cleaning shrimp but you will be rewarded with the best tasting shrimp once you sink your teeth into one. It is worth every second spent cleaning them.
Shrimp is firm, delicious, savory and little spicy and just simply perfect.
We make this shrimp as a wonderful appetizer all the time. It is super easy and quick but the results never disappoint. The key is to buy quality, large or jumbo shrimp with shells on and headless. They need to be raw. Cooked shrimp will get way too tough for this recipe. You can also substitute old bay seasoning for an original Maryland spice if you can find it.
The steaming technique is as easy as it gets. All you need is a large steaming pot, beer and seasoning. Bring it to a boil and steam shrimp with shells on for about 5 minutes. Shrimp cooks pretty fast, so make sure to time it, in order to avoid overcooking. Steaming in beer over water definitely adds to the complexity of flavors and old bay seasoning brings in a nice spicy kick to every bite of this plump, moist shrimp.
Serve the steamed shrimp right away while it is warm, or cooled off. Lemon wedges and homemade or store bought cocktail dipping sauce make a great addition to the shrimp. With just 3 simple ingredient and 10 minutes of your time you can have a superb appetizer that everyone will love. It is healthy, fun to eat and mouthwateringly tasty. So next time you are not sure what to bring to the party to impress and surprise your friends try this simple, tasty shrimp recipe.