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Steamed Spiced Shrimp with Old Bay Cocktail Sauce

Steamed Spiced Shrimp with Old Bay Cocktail Sauce. Succulent, delicious and so moorish! This dish is simple to prepare and a sure crowd pleaser!
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time6 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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  • 1 kg raw unpeeled prawns - Try get head on ones as I have a great way to use them up coming next week!
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning (get my homemade recipe)

For the cocktail sauce.


For the Shrimp

  • If your prawns have heads on remove them. (Store them in a zip lock bag in the freezer. You'll thank me next week!)
  • Place a large pan on the hob and add about 700ml of water and the juice from the lemon. (see notes)
  • Bring the water to the boil and then place a steamer or colander over the water.
  • Add the shrimp and sprinkle them with 1 tablespoon of the old bay seasoning.
  • Add a lid and steam the shrimp for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and give the shrimps a stir. Place the lid back on and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the shrimp are a beautiful orange colour. (The exact time will depend on the size of your shrimp)
  • Remove the steamer/colander from the pan and sprinkle over the remaining seasoning.
  • Toss the shrimp so they are all well covered.
  • Enjoy the shrimp hot or cold.
  • Just make sure you keep all the shells. (Just stick them in the zip bag with the heads. All will become clear I promise x)

For the cocktail sauce.

  • Mix together the ketchup, mayonnaise and the old bay seasoning. (Yup that's it ;-) )


You want enough water to ensure the pan won't dry out during steaming, but not so much that the bottom of your steamer/colander is under water.
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