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Easy Boiled Shrimp

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Fixing a pot of boiled shrimp is easy with just a few ingredients from your pantry. No need for those boxed seasoning bags. All you need is this recipe and a few minutes in a hot pot of boiling water.

Pot of shrimp boiling with lemon halves in a strainer.

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Recently, some good friends came over for a weekend where we “passed a good time” visiting and eating a bit too much.

You know what I mean?

By the time Sunday afternoon rolled around, and we began to think about what’s for supper, nothing sounded like it would satisfy, yet we knew we’d be hungry again when the sun started to set.

It was a brief “Poo-Yie” moment. (That’s Cajun for something like “Oh, my!”)

Then I remembered I had some shrimp in the freezer and said, “I know, let’s boil some shrimp and then everyone can eat it any way they like!”

Peppercorns, bay leaves, salt, and other seasonings in a white bowl.

So we dug in the cabinets and added seasonings of all sorts to a pot of boiling water …

Water with lemon halves and seasonings boiling in a pot.

… then poured in the shrimp …

Fresh shrimp poured into a pot of boiling water with lemon halves and seasonings.

… and in a matter of minutes, supper was ready.


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boiled shrimp

Easy Boiled Shrimp

Here is a quick and easy way to boil shrimp. They are delicious eaten all by themselves or added to many different dishes such as salads, casseroles, or in a sandwich.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • 2 pounds fresh or frozen raw shrimp, defrosted
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 4 dried bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 2 tablespoons peppercorns
  • 12 tablespoons Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning or other Cajun seasoning
  • 2 large lemons, halved


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large stockpot.
  2. Add the ingredients, except for shrimp, squeezing lemon halves into the water.
  3. Pour shrimp into the pot and cook for 5 minutes, giving them an occasional stir.
  4. Strain the shrimp in a large strainer over the sink and serve.


Add other ingredients to this shrimp boil such as your favorite vegetables and extra seasoning.

The boiled shrimp stores well in the refrigerator for several days.

Try adding boiled shrimp to your everyday meals or enjoy them as a snack.

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Seafood
  • Cuisine: Cajun


  • Serving Size: 4 ounces


Some of us ate the shrimp in a salad and others had them alongside leftovers out of the refrigerator and let me tell you it was so tasty and light and satisfying to me.

Shrimp on a bed of lettuce covered with white salad dressing.

Another way I highly recommend eating boiled shrimp is to toss them in a good remoulade sauce.

Shrimp covered with remoulade sauce in a blue bowl .

Here’s my delicious Remoulade Sauce recipe that you can find right here on this blog.

Hope you get to enjoy some good boiled shrimp soon and let me know how you ended up feasting on them.

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Looking forward to hearing from you soon and have a great day!

Shrimp and lemon slice spooned over a boiling pot.

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Charles H. Spurgeon

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