Beer Boiled Peel n Eat Shrimp. Gives you something to do while sipping on that ice cold beer.
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5 from 7 votes

Classic Beer Boiled Peel and Eat Shrimp

Food and beer wise, this recipe is what summer is made of. No fuss, low key and sooo delicious. Serves 2 as a main course, 4 as an appetizer.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 or 4
Author: CraftBeering


  • 2 lbs of fresh 21-25 shrimp
  • 1 yellow onion cut in small pieces
  • 1 12 oz craft beer wheat ale, Pilsner, Kolsch, pale ale or lager
  • 12 oz water
  • 3 lemon wedges + extra for serving
  • 3 lime wedges + extra for serving
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • Old Bay seasoning or prepare your own by mixing: 1 tsp each of celery salt smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, dried oregano, dried thyme + 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • drawn butter as needed
  • cocktail sauce as needed


  • In a large pot mix beer and water and place over medium high heat.
  • Add the onion, lemon and lime wedges, bay leaf, mustard seed and 1 tbsp of the seasoning to the liquid and bring to simmer.
  • Add the shrimp and let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Drain liquid and serve the shrimp, generously dusted with the remaining seasoning salt.
  • Serve with the drawn butter, cocktail sauce and boiled corn or potatoes, or both.