Pickled Shrimp

I have been obsessed with pickling lately, in case you haven't noticed.

Next on the pickling list is shrimp.

A favorite summer dish of the South. Served in big Mason jars at picnics.

There are so many different recipes to choose from, it made my head spin.

I finally decided on Hugh Acheson's recipe from Saveur using Old Bay Seasoning.

This was my first attempt at pickled shrimp, but not my last.

This is a great summer appetizer!

Pickled Shrimp (adapted slightly from Saveur, original recipe here):

2 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
8 cups of water
1 lb. (26–30 count) medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 tsp. celery seeds
1/4 tsp. allspice berries
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp. kosher salt
a couple of whole black peppercorns
1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 dried bay leaves
1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced lengthwise

Bring Old Bay and 8 cups water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan; add shrimp, reduce heat to low, and cook until shrimp are pink, about 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to bowl of ice water to chill; drain again

Finely grind celery seeds and allspice in a spice grinder, transfer to a bowl and stir in oil, lemon juice, parsley, salt, chile flakes, garlic, vinegar and bay leaves.

In a 1-qt. glass jar, layer shrimp and onions. Pour over oil mixture. Cover with lid and chill overnight before serving.

I served my pickled shrimp in a bowl, which is not the norm, but hey, since when am I normal?

Thank you to my friend Sarah who took these beautiful photos with her Nikon camera and fancy lens!

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Hugh said…
Beautiful photos! My mouth is watering! We like pickled shrimp served in big jars and everyone digs in. Our favorite summer app down south.
My grandmother used to make the most wonderful pickled shrimp and I have a feeling this recipe is similar. They are so versatile to have in the fridge during the summer for salad and appetizers.
Anonymous said…
These sound delicious. We love shrimp on ice with good cocktail sauce. (My husband's nickname is "Shrimp-A-Minute" - he is a real gobbler.)

I have a great ceramic cornichon pot from Normandy, with wooden tongs. But these are too pretty to be in anything but glass. The tongs will work, though.

Thank you, Stacey.

(BTW, some of you have probably thought of this. When we got a fabulous burr-type coffee grinder, the Braun blade-grinder was cleaned out and is now dedicated to spice-grinding. Perfect.)

Anonymous said…
Very nice photos - that last one's kinda like what ye olde Pioneer Woman calls a 'skim shot', an out-of-focus receding background behind the in-focus main attraction, here, your fab shrimp bowl - fuzzy flat bread crackers for you, fuzzy buckin' broncos for P-Dubby!
Pickled shrimp! They look amazing. I would love to try these. Thanks!
Joan Nova said…
A must try some time over the summer!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
Oh it's been too long since I've made pickled shrimp. Thanks for reminding me how delicious these are.
Thanks for this idea. Never heard of pickled shrimp and I love the idea of the mason jar!
I love the idea of pickled shrimp! Perfect for outdoor eating. Yet another idea I am stealing :)))
I've never made pickled shrimp , but it looks so cool in that big bowl, looks perfect for summer!
Oui Chef said…
I am so making this for my brother's birthday!