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Beer-Poached Shrimp

Crisp Pilsner beer and zesty Old Bay seasoning lend loads of flavor to mild-mannered, quick-cooking shrimp.

Serves 4
Ready in 25 mins
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 20 mins
310 calories per serving


> 2 cups water
> 2 (12 oz) cans or bottles Pilsner
> 4 cloves garlic, smashed
> 2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
> 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
> 2 bay leaves
> 1 lemon, scrubbed
> 1 1/2 lbs raw peeled, deveined extra-large shrimp, thawed if frozen
> 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


Into a large pot, add the water, beer, garlic, 2 tbsp Old Bay, and bay leaves. Squeeze juice of the lemon into pot, then add squeezed lemon halves. Heat to a boil on high.
Reduce heat to simmer. Add the shrimp and cook 4–6 min., until cooked through. Reserve ¼ cup cooking liquid. Drain shrimp, discarding garlic and bay leaves.
In a medium bowl, combine the butter and reserved cooking liquid. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining 1 tbsp Old Bay. Serve butter mixture with shrimp for dipping.

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