Spicy Pickled Shrimp

Spicy Pickled Shrimp

Spicy Pickled Shrimp

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes


8 people

In the gulf, where shrimp are fresh and plentiful, pickled shrimp are often served as a festive appetizer. This recipe can be used for entertaining guest or maybe just for yourself! Just remember that the longer it sits, the better it gets!

Why Try? It’s not the usual shrimp hors d’oeuvre. Your guests will be impressed–and delighted.

Want to see how it is done? Check the video right here!

You can prepare this 24 hours in advance--another reason why this makes a fabulous party food.


  • 2 pounds unpeeled fresh or thawed shrimp (16-20 per lb.)
  • 4 stalks celery, 3-4" long
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 onions, peeled & sliced thin
  • 16-20 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • l/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup pickling spice


  • 1 In a heavy pot with a lid, combine the celery, bay leaves, peppercorns and salt. Add 2 cups water.
  • 2 Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 5 minutes. Add the shrimp; re-cover the pot and bring stock back to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 3 minutes or until pink.
  • 3 Remove from heat and uncover. Let shrimp cool in the stock.
  • 4 When cool enough to handle, peel shrimp, returning to the stock until ready to pickle the shrimp.
  • 6 In large bowl, place a layer of boiled shrimp. On top, place 4 bay leaves and half of the slices of one onion. Continue doing this, layer upon layer, until all shrimp are used.
  • 7 Mix remaining ingredients and pour over the shrimp.
  • 8 Cover bowl and set aside, stirring occasionally.
  • 9 After 12 hours, taste shrimp and adjust seasoning. If too tart, add more sugar.
  • 10 Serve arranged on a serving platter or bowl.


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