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Overhead view of a plate of shrimp steamed with Old Bay Seasoning.

Old Bay Steamed Shrimp

Steamed peel-and-eat shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning is a quick, easy and delicious appetizer or main dish ready in under 20 minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 4


  • Water
  • 1 pound large shrimp (shell-on) deveined, if desired
  • 2 ½ teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning more or less, to taste
  • Lemon wedges for serving (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for serving (optional)


  • Pour water in a large pot. Ensure the water will not touch the bottom of the steamer basket, even when boiling, if possible. Bring water to a boil over high heat.
  • While water is coming to a boil, place the shrimp in your steamer basket. Sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning and toss to coat as evenly as possible.
  • Carefully place the steamer basket in the pot and cover. Reduce heat to medium, or enough to maintain a gentle boil.
  • Steam for 4 to 6 minutes (will depend upon the size of your shrimp). Remove lid after 2 to 3 minutes and toss shrimp (using tongs). Cover with lid and continue to steam until shrimp have just turned pink and are opaque.
  • Sprinkle with parsley when serving, if desired. Serve warm or chilled with lemon wedges, melted butter and/or cocktail sauce, if desired.


  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Nutrition facts do not include butter or cocktail sauce.