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Shrimp cocktail using jumbo shrimp with tails on and boiled briefly to perfect doneness
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5 from 2 votes

How to Boil Shrimp

Learn how to boil shrimp and get juicy, delicious shrimp every time, whether you're making shrimp cocktail, shrimp salad or any other dish.
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: World
Keyword: how long to boil shrimp, how to boil shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 121kcal
Author: TipBuzz


  • 1 lb shrimp raw or frozen, any size
  • 1 tsp salt optional

Serving Ideas (Optional)

  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 cup cocktail sauce


  • Fill a medium saucepan halfway with cold water. Place over medium-high heat.
  • Once the water boils, add the shrimp and simmer until cooked following the cook time chart.
  • Drain the shrimp.
  • Place in a bowl with cold water or ice water to stop the cooking process.
  • Use as directed in your recipe or serve as is.


  • Use 2 quarts (2 liters) of water per pound of shrimp.
  • Most shrimp is already quite salty, so salting the water is usually not necessary.


Serving: 80g | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 882mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 2.6mg