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Plate of old bay steamed shrimp on a platter with cocktail sauce.

Steamed Old Bay Shrimp Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This EASY old bay steamed shrimp comes together in less than 15 minutes and makes a great appetizer or light meal.


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Steamed Shrimp:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 16 oz. jumbo shrimp (peel on)

Old Bay Cocktail Sauce: 

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. horseradish
  • 1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning


  1. Mix Old Bay cocktail sauce. In a small bowl, stir together ketchup, lemon juice, horseradish, and Old Bay seasoning.
  2. Heat water, cider vinegar, old bay seasoning, and lemon slices in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. When mixture boils, add shrimp, stir into old bay mixture and cover. Lower heat and steam for 3-6 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through.
  4. Let shrimp cool (or chill completely) before serving and serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges. 


  • Adjust horseradish amount in cocktail sauce according to your personal preference. 

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