Spicy Beer Shrimp makes an easy and tasty party appetizer. Serve with some warm crusty bread for sopping up all the tasty broth. The beer gives a unique and delicious taste to the shrimp and you can add as little or as much spice as you like.
Fresh shrimp are simmered in a mixture of butter, beer, Old Bay seasoning, red pepper flakes, onion, and garlic.
Shrimp cook in just a few minutes so it is best to let them soak in the cooking liquid for awhile after they are cooked. They will soak up more of the flavors this way. You don’t want to overcook the shrimp so be sure you remove them from the heat before they are fully cooked. They will continue to cook in the hot liquid.
The shrimp cook in their shells for maximum flavor. Eating them is messy. Be sure to have plenty of paper towels handy and a few cold beers to wash down all that spice.
If you want to, serve these Spicy Beer Shrimp with cocktail sauce or just peel them and dip them in the spicy broth. Either way, this is an easy, tasty meal or appetizer perfect for lazy summer days.
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Spicy Beer Shrimp
- 12 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 bottles beer, Pale Ale or Lager
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 to 2 1/2 pounds medium to large fresh shrimp, unpeeled
- In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
- Add salt, Old Bay Seasoning, and crushed red pepper flakes.
- Add shrimp.
- Pour beer and water over the shrimp. Stir and cook until shrimp just turn pink. They will continue to cook so be careful not to overcook them. Remove pot from heat and let shrimp sit in the beer mixture for 30 minutes