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A pan of boiled shrimp with lemons and seasons.

Easy Boiled Shrimp Recipe

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Here is a quick and easy way to boil shrimp. They're delicious when eaten all by themselves or added to different dishes such as salads, casseroles, tacos, or sandwiches.

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


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  • 2 pounds fresh or frozen raw shrimp, defrosted and rinsed
  • 8 cups water
  • .5 cup salt
  • 6 dried bay leaves
  • 1.5 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 3 tablespoons whole peppercorns
  • 2-3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 large lemons, halved


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large stockpot.
  2. Add salt, bay leaves, celery seeds, peppercorns, and Cajun seasoning.
  3. Squeeze the juice of the lemon halves into the boiling water and seasonings, then add the lemon halves.
  4. Pour shrimp into the pot, stir, cover, and cook for 5 minutes, giving them an occasional stir now and then.
  5. Drain the shrimp in a large strainer in the sink and serve hot or cold.
  6. Peel and eat.


  • Devein shrimp by cutting into the shell along its back, pulling out the black vein but leaving the peelings intact; do not peel shrimp before boiling.
  • Add other ingredients to this shrimp boil, such as your favorite vegetables and extra seasoning.
  • The boiled shrimp stores well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Add boiled shrimp to your everyday meals, or enjoy them alone as a snack.
  • Use boiled shrimp in salads, pasta dishes,  or marinate overnight for pickled shrimp.
  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Cajun


  • Serving Size: 4 ounces
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