Beer Steamed Peel & Eat Shrimp
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Beer Steamed Peel & Eat Shrimp

As the temperature warms up and we look forward to the spring and summer season, recipes get lighter and lighter. And nothing says warmer weather more than sitting on the deck with a glass of Chardonnay and a large bowl of these Beer Steamed Peel & Eat Shrimp. 

Peel & Eat Shrimp is a classic recipe and one you tend to eat copious amounts of. There’s something so fun about peeling shrimp and eating the sweet, tender meat that’s been lightly seasoning with the traditional seafood seasoning, Old Bay. Today, we’ve taken this recipe up a notch and instead of steaming the shrimp over simple water, we’ve created a blend of beer, fresh lemon slices, and savory shallots that the shrimp will cook over. 

That’s the great thing about using the stainless steel steamer insert with a 2-quart or 3-quart Premium Stainless Steel Saucepan – while the beer mixture simmers and steams on the bottom, the shrimp in the steamer insert are slowing cooking to perfection while being infused with the flavors of tart lemon and beer. 

Once the shrimp are cooked halfway, you simply remove the steamer insert and set aside them aside while the beer “sauce” continues reducing in the sauce pan. After five quick minutes, you’ll dump the shrimp into the beer and sprinkle with fresh parsley for that added pop of brightness and finish the recipe with dollop of butter. The butter brings the sauce together, making it an extra delicious broth to dip toasted bread in! Yes, make sure to serve this peel and eat shrimp with enough tasty bread for dipping; and don’t forget extra fresh lemon slices for your guests to squeeze over the shrimp. 

Quick and easy, yet extremely flavorful – memories of warm summer days on the dock or beach will come rushing back to you. And if you don’t have these nostalgic memories, you can start by creating new ones with this Beer Steamed Peel & Eat Shrimp recipe! 

Prep time: 5 minutes 
Cook time: 20 minutes 
Yield: 4 servings (as appetizer)

1 bottle Pale Ale beer 
1 large lemon, sliced 
1 large shallot, thinly sliced 
1 pound shrimp, deveined but not peeled 
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning 
1/2 cup fresh parsley 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

1. Over medium heat in a 2-quart or 3-quart Premium Stainless Steel Saucepan, add the beer, half the lemon slices, and shallot. 

2. Toss the deveined shrimp with Old Bay seasoning and place in steamer insert. 

3. Place steamer over the sauce pan. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. 

4. Remove steamer and set aside. Increase the heat on sauce pan to medium high and cook the beer mixture for 10 minutes to reduce. 

5. Add the shrimp into the beer mixture, sprinkle the parsley, and whisk in butter. 

6. Serve immediately. 


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