Old Bay Seasoned Steamed Shrimp Recipe

Old Bay Seasoned Steamed Shrimp is a beloved seafood dish that is particularly popular in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. This classic recipe involves cooking fresh shrimp by steaming them with a blend of Old Bay seasoning, water, and occasionally beer or vinegar. The flavorful and slightly spicy taste of the shrimp comes from the unique blend of spices in Old Bay seasoning, which often includes celery salt, pepper, paprika, and bay leaf. Typically, this dish is served with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges, and it makes for an excellent appetizer or main course.

Here is a recipe for Old Bay Seasoned Steamed Shrimp:

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup beer or apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Cocktail sauce, for serving


  1. Rinse the shrimp under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  2. In a large pot, bring the water and beer or vinegar (if using) to a boil.
  3. Add the Old Bay seasoning and stir to combine.
  4. Add the shrimp to the pot and stir well to coat with the seasoning mixture.
  5. Cover the pot and let the shrimp cook for 3-4 minutes, or until they turn pink and are no longer translucent.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat and let the shrimp sit for 2-3 minutes to absorb the flavor of the seasoning.
  7. Serve the shrimp with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce on the side.

Nutrition facts (per serving, based on 4 servings):

  • Calories: 104
  • Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 191mg
  • Sodium: 961mg
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 20g

Please note that the nutrition information is an estimate and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.