Best Unsteamed Shrimp Recipe -
Best Unsteamed Shrimp Recipe
  • READY IN 21 mins

Best Unsteamed Shrimp

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"A perfect everytime recipe for steamed shrimp with no water! I've been using this recipe for years and it's always perfect! Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    16 mins

    21 mins


  1. Place butter in microwave safe bowl. Place bowl in microwave and melt butter (15 to 30 seconds on high). Add Old Bay seasoning ™ and lemon juice. Stir well.
  2. Coat microwave safe pan with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange shrimp in a layer in the pan. Pour butter mixture evenly over shrimp.
  3. Cook in microwave on high power for 6 minutes. After two minutes have elapsed pause microwave and rearrange shrimp (move shrimp for the center to the outside, from the outside to the center). Let the shrimp cook another 2 minutes. When 4 minutes have elapsed pause the microwave again, rearrange the shrimp once more. Place shrimp back in the microwave and cook remaining two minutes. Cook until shrimp turn pink. Serve hot with your favorite cocktail sauce.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 13, 2005

GOOD shrimp! However, this is one time when using the microwave is not the fastest way of preparing a recipe. Still using no water, and only 1 pan, I prepared it on the stovetop in less than half the time estimated for the microwave method. [Melt the butter, add your own personal desired amount of Old Bay Seasoning and the lemon juice. Add the shrimp and cook about 3 minutes, or until the shrimp turn pink.]

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 28, 2006

This was way to much trouble, I should have used other cooks idea's and used the skillet


31 Ratings

Jul 23, 2003

Very good. We really enjoyed this. They only had cooked shrimp at the store so I just heated it in the sauce. It was a little too salty for me. I would use less old bay and maybe add a little garlic next time.

Jan 24, 2004

Great recipe! Very easy, very tasty.

Sep 29, 2010

Delicious! The 5 of us loved it, including children ages 5, 8 & 10. I did half the amount of Old Bay and thought it was perfect - not too salty but still with a kick. If using the full amount of Old Bay, use unsalted butter or it will be too salty. Thanks for a great recipe!

Apr 07, 2008

You can cut the fat/cals by substituting out half of the butter with broth (veggie or chicken, either one..or even just water with bullion). It doesn't affect the flavor too much, and is so much healthier!

Jan 18, 2003

This is the best receipe for shrimp that I have ever used. Not using water, keeps all the flavor in the shrimp.

Jan 18, 2003

A shrimp lover's delight! Originally from Boston and now a Marylander, I love seafood, butter and Old Bay. This recipe combines all three in a deliciously easy to fix way, sure to satisfy the taste buds of seafood lovers!


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  • Calories
  • 471 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.3 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 406 mg
  • 135%
  • Fat
  • 27.7 g
  • 43%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 47.3 g
  • 95%
  • Sodium
  • 3538 mg
  • 142%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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