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Perfect Spiced Boiled Shrimp

  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 4 quarts water
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons Zatarainís Concentrated Crab & Shrimp Boil
  • 3 pounds large shrimp with heads or 2 1/2 pounds headless shrimp


  • Squeeze the juice from the lemons into a large pot. Add the halves. Add the water, bay leaves, salt, cayenne, and Zatarain’s liquid boil. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp. Return to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 4 to 5 minutes. Drain.
  • Cool for about 5 minutes before serving.