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This is the easiest, and most fool-proof way to steam shrimp. It was told to my mother by a local seafood-monger over 20 years ago, and we haven't had a bad shrimp yet!


  • 3 pounds large shrimp
  • 3 tablespoons Old Bay or other seafood seasoning
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 8 cups water
  • a splash of beer never hurt anyone, either


  • Combine water and vinegar.
  • Bring water to a rolling boil.
  • Add shrimp and gently stir.
  • If you have a few fresh herbs on hand, they can be tossed into the water with the shrimp.
  • Bring the water back up to a boil.
  • When the water starts to boil again, turn off the heat, and drain the shrimp.
  • Put shrimp in large bowl, and toss with the seafood seasoning.
  • I like to serve hot with cocktail sauce lemon wedges.
  • A garnish of thyme or rosemary finishes it off.

Categories: Main Dish  Shellfish 
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