Why I love this peel and eat shrimp
I’ve been enjoying peel and eat shrimp for as long as I can remember. They’ve been a Christmas Eve staple in our family since I was a kid.
I have memories of filling paper plates with shrimp shells until I couldn’t eat another bite and washing it down with a cherry soda, the kind we only had during the holidays.
The shrimp was always seasoned with plenty of Old Bay, and there was always homemade cocktail sauce. Spicy with extra horseradish for the grown ups and a not-so-spicy mostly ketchup batch for the wimps and children.
I still love peel and eat shrimp today, but I’ve started making it a baked shrimp recipe instead. I find just the tiniest bit easier, and I’m all about making life easier now.
It’s also just a great alternative for when your stovetop is full.
Here’s what you’ll need to make roasted shrimp
How to make old bay shrimp in the oven
Season. Place the shrimp in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, vinegar and Old Bay. Toss or stir to coat.
Bake. Transfer the shrimp to a baking sheet and pop them into the oven for about 7 minutes.
Serve. You have two options here. Serve the shrimp straight from the oven while they’re nice and hot, or you can let them chill and serve them cold like a shrimp cocktail.
Questions about peel and eat shrimp
Shrimp should be cooked to an internal temperature of 120˚F. They will turn pink in color and the bodies should begin to curl. When baking shrimp at 400˚F, the shrimp should take about 5 – 7 minutes to be fully cooked.
Yes. You can easily cook shrimp from frozen. All you need to do is a few extra minutes to the cooking time to make sure they reach a food safe temperature.
Since it’s not required to devein shrimp, not all peel and eat shrimp you find on the market will be deveined. Many brands come that way, but you’ll want to check the packaging to find out.
There are many ways to cook raw shrimp. You can also steam, fry or grill shrimp, depending on the recipe. All methods work just fine, but I prefer to bake or roast them like I do in this recipe.
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Seasoned with Old Bay, these peel and eat shrimp are a family favorite and cooked to perfection every time. Serve them straight from the oven while they’re hot or let them chill and serve them cold like shrimp cocktail.
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