Boiled Shrimp

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Like most shellfish, shrimp cooks in a matter of minutes, no matter what method you use. Boiling in water is one of the most basic ways. If you want to spice things up with a down-home Southern-style “shrimp boil,” just add a few seasonings to the cooking water. For a real authentic shrimp (or crawfish) boil, add ears of corn as well as whole unpeeled new potatoes, onions, and heads of garlic to the pot ... then invite a bunch of friends over to share it!

2 servings



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

OccasionCooking for a date

Recipe Courseappetizer

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free


Taste and Texturespiced


  • 1 pound large raw shrimp, unpeeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt (sea salt is preferred)
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Lemon wedges for garnish


  1. Fill a large pot or Dutch oven halfway with water. Add the spices, bring to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat to medium.

  2. Add the shrimp and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes, or until they turn pink.

  3. Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon or drain in a colander.

  4. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl, add some lemon wedges, then peel and eat!


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