The Peel & Eat Shrimp is my favorite dish at the Southport Raw Bar. Some of my most treasured moments are when I’m sitting on the dock at Southport Raw Bar when the weather is good. This place is a major casual dining spot we initial found while out in the boat. They have a dock you can pull the boat up to and eat lunch or dinner. I love sitting out on the dock, drinking a glass of wine, and eating peel & eat shrimp. Yes, I really am a simple gal (although my hubby might disagree :).
We tend to go at least once or twice a month from October to May. Mainly because the hubby knows how much I enjoy it. The food is good – its not gourmet but its a raw bar so its not really expected to be too over the top. However, their peel and eat shrimp is just awesome. So one day I asked how they made it. To my surprise, the waitress told me that they boil the shrimp and then douse it in melted butter, lemon, and Old Bay spices. Of course, I immediately thought, I can do that.
I usually boil my shrimp in water with the Old Bay spices and lemon wedges. I never even thought of putting the shrimp in the spices AFTER its cooked. But hey, I’m game. I can totally see where the butter would add moisture to the shrimp which can dry out if you leave it too long. And adding the spices and lemon juice after cooking, gives the shrimp so much more flavor. So I went out and got myself a pound of shrimp, boiled some water, melted some butter, cut up some lemons, and pulled out one of the 3 Old Bay tins I have on hand (because, yes, you can never have too much Old Bay).
This is the easiest and most flavorful peel & eat shrimp you will ever have.
Making Peel & Eat Shrimp
First we brought a pot of water to a boil.
Next, we added the shrimp to the boiling water.
Meanwhile, we melted 2 sticks of butter. And then added the Old Bay spices and lemon juice.
Once the shrimp was cooked, the butter mixture was poured over the shrimp and mixed to coat them all.
Here is the recipe for Southport Shrimp
- 1 lb. shrimp, shells on but deveined
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 2 tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add shrimp.
- Cook until the shrimp are pink and opaque, about 3 minutes.
- While shrimp is cooking, mix Old Bay and lemon juice in the melted butter.
- Spoon shrimp into a large bowl and pour butter mixture over the shrimp. Toss shrimp to mix.