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Perfect Poached Shrimp

Perfect Poached Shrimp yield a moist, tender-crisp shellfish with loads of flavor.

This recipe goes with Marinated Shrimp Salad with Avocado, Creamy Shrimp-and-Macaroni Salad, Shrimp Pizza, Shrimp in Cucumber Cups, Peachy Shrimp Crostini, Tex-Mex Mini Shrimp Cocktail

Southern Living MAY 2012

  • Yield: Makes 3 to 4 servings


  • Ice
  • 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.


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