spicy lemon pickled shrimp


If you like a little spice in your life, then Spicy Lemon Pickled Shrimp is your perfect Summertime appetizer!

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pickled shrimp and lemon slices in white shell bowl

Spicy Lemon Pickled Shrimp

Yield: 2 Quart Jars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 40 minutes

Pickled shrimp with a touch of heat and spice that end with a lemony bite. Plenty of crowd appeal and a great make-ahead appetizer for your next party!


  • 8 bay leaves, divided
  • 1/2 cup Old Bay Seasoning, divided
  • 1 Tbs. onion powder
  • 1 Tbs. hot sauce
  • 2 lbs. medium shrimp (26-30 count)
  • 1/4 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. whole allspice berries
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbs. garlic, minced
  • 3 lemons, thinly sliced, ends and seeds discarded


  1. Place a large, rimmed baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill. Then put 10 cups water, 4 of the bay leaves, 1/4 cup of the Old Bay Seasoning, onion powder and hot sauce in a large pot over high heat. Bring flavored water to a boil, reduce to medium and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.
  2. After the 5 minutes, return heat to high, and add shrimp. Stir and cook shrimp until just barely cooked through. (about 3-4 minutes - they will finish cooking in their shells as they cool)
  3. Drain and lay shrimp in a single layer on the chilled baking sheet. After 2 minutes, return baking sheet to the refrigerator to finish cooling. When the shrimp are cool, peel and de-vein the shrimp, and place in a medium bowl.
  4. Add remaining 1/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning to the shrimp and toss to coat. Grind caraway, allspice and celery seeds in a spice grinder and transfer to a glass 4 cup measure cup.
  5. To the spices in the measuring cup, add the lemon juice, oil, parsley, red pepper flakes, black pepper and garlic. Whisk the mixture to combine well.
  6. To each quart jar, add 2 bay leaves and 2 slices of the lemon. Add a layer of shrimp and then alternate layers of lemon slices and shrimp to fill both quart jars.
  7. Whisk oil mixture and divide it between the 2 jars. Cover and chill at least 24 hours before serving.


Spicy Lemon Pickled Shrimp will last in the refrigerator for up to 6-7 days.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 439Total Fat 38gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 31gCholesterol 160mgSodium 3039mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 18g
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