Call me crazy, but the start of Summer (in Fort Lauderdale where it’s already 90 degrees) has me hankerin’ for some peel and eat shrimp. There is nothing better than getting down and dirty with some scrumptious shrimp (that alliteration kills me). Be mindful though, the KEY ingredient OLD BAY is not available in all grocery stores. Color me surprised when I couldn’t find it in Winn Dixie, so I turned to my trusty Pinterest app to find an Old Bay alternative. I found one that looked reasonable but modified it slightly. And now… for your stomach’s pleasure, I present to you… That Old Bay Doh (peel and eat shrimp)!!
That Old Bay Doh
Serves: 2 Prep Time: 5-8 minutes Total Time: 15-20 minutes
What you’ll need:
- 1 lb. 21-25 count shrimp with shells and tails on
- 6 oz of Sweetwater 420 beer (don’t you dare even think about tossing the remaining 6 oz!)
- 4 oz water
- 3 tablespoons Old Bay or alternative (see below)
- Cocktail sauce and lemon on the side (if desired)
Old Bay Alternative:
Makes about 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon celery salt
- 1 tablespoon ground bay leaves (yes this exists)
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 2 dashes nutmeg
- 2 dashes ground cinnamon
- 2 dashes ground cloves
- Combine all of these ingredients in a small bowl. Anything left over can be saved in an air tight container (I used a small mason jar).
What is a “dash” you say? If the spice container has a lid with holes, just hold the container horizontally and then “fist pump” twice with the holes of the container facing towards where you want it to go.
What to do:
- Rinse shrimp in cold water. Set aside.
- Combine Sweetwater 420, water and Old Bay or alternative in a pot. Give it a quick stir to mix everything. Bring the combination to a boil over HI heat.
- Add rinsed shrimp to boiling mixture. Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
- After 3 minutes (set a timer especially since you’re drinking the last 6 oz of beer), gently stir the shrimp. Recover and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- After 2 minutes (remember to set the timer) stir and cook for an additional 1 minute.
- Drain the shrimp, only once it’s completely cooked. The shrimp are cooked when they’re opaque (i.e. cloudy, pink, you can’t see through them).
- Serve hot with a side of lemon, cocktail sauce and a sprinkle of the remaining Old Bay or alternative. **Honestly who am I kidding, they would be delicious served cold as well.**