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Lowcountry Pickled Shrimp

Lowcountry Pickled Shrimp

Lowcountry Pickled Shrimp

Adapted from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook


4 servings

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cooking Time

10 Minutes

Adapted from The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook

We love this refreshing and unique way to enjoy summer shrimp. Make it as an appetizer for a cheese and cracker plate or add it to a barbecue plate as a light and tangy side dish. We discovered that any leftovers are also delicious as a taco filling!

Serving Suggestions

Serve as a party appetizer with crackers and cheese. Makes a refreshing side for a summertime barbecue. Use as a filling for chilled tacos topped with cherry tomatoes and cilantro.


2 quarts water

1 lb. medium to large shrimp, fresh or frozen, shell on

1 tsp. granulated sugar

1 cup fresh squeezed citrus juice, ideally equal parts grapefruit, lemon, and orange juice

1/2 cup vinegar (rice, white wine, or apple cider)

1 shallot, thinly sliced

1 jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)

1 sprig fresh thyme (optional)

1 sprig fresh dill (optional)

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Pickling Spice

    Our Pickling Spice blend includes classic pickling spice ingredients like peppercorns, mustard seeds, dill, coriander, chiles, and cracked bay leav...

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  • Coastal Bay Seafood Seasoning

    Since the Maryland classic Old Bay Seasoning was purchased by one of the spice giants, the recipe may be the same but the freshness of spices isn’t...

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

    Mayan Sea Salt has a clean appearance and flavor but is also an interesting tie to the ancient Mayan way of life. This sea salt was harvested off t...

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Bring water and Pickling Spice to a rolling boil over high heat. Turn heat off and add shrimp. Let shrimp sit in hot water to cook until pink and slightly firm, 1 to 2 min. for fresh shrimp or 3 to 4 min. for frozen shrimp. Drain and rinse shrimp with cold water (or set in an ice water bath) to stop the cooking. In a medium glass bowl, whisk Coastal Bay Seafood Seasoning with Mayan Sea Salt, sugar, citrus juice, and vinegar until salt and sugar are dissolved. Peel shrimp and add them to the citrus mixture. Stir in shallots. Add jalapenos and fresh herbs, if using. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Enjoy pickled shrimp within 24 hours of refrigerating them.