Perfect Poached Shrimp

Perfect Poached ShrimpRecipe

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty

Perfect Poached Shrimp yield a moist, tender-crisp shellfish with loads of flavor. If you like this easy, gluten-free appetizer, try pairing the poached shrimp with this Summer Tomato Cocktail Sauce.  


Makes 3 to 4 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living


4 qt. water
1 lemon, halved
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
2 pounds unpeeled, large raw shrimp (26/30 count)


Fill a large bowl halfway with ice and water. Pour 4 qt. water into a Dutch oven; squeeze juice from lemon into Dutch oven. Stir in lemon halves, black peppercorns, bay leaves, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat; add shrimp. Cover and let stand 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Stir shrimp into ice water; let stand 10 minutes. Peel and devein shrimp.