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Marinated Shrimp with Capers

Yield 8 to 10 appetizer servings


  • 6 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 pounds unpeeled, medium-size fresh shrimp
  • 1/4 cup pickling spice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 (4-inch) celery ribs with leaves
  • 1 large purple onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons capers, undrained
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce

How to Make It

  1. Bring 6 1/2 cups water to a boil; add shrimp and next 3 ingredients. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Drain shrimp, and rinse with cold water.

  2. Peel shrimp, and devein, if desired. Place in a 13- x 9-inch dish. Top with onion slices and bay leaves.

  3. Stir together oil and next 5 ingredients; pour over shrimp mixture. Cover and chill 4 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves before serving.

  4. Note: Claudia cools and serves the shrimp in an attractive ice bowl. Simply stack two bowls, one slightly smaller than the other, and weigh down the center with a heavy can. Fill the outer bowl with water and sliced lemon. Freeze. Remove the can and both bowls. Place ice bowl on a plate, and fill with shrimp.