Flavorful Boiled Shrimp Recipe

Flavorful boiled shrimp recipeBoiled shrimp can be bland, flavorless and boring, especially if you buy frozen, pre-cooked “cocktail shrimp.” It’s just as easy to make your own boiled shrimp, but with so much more flavor. 

Secret Ingredient = Shrimp Shells

The secret is using the shrimp shells to make a super-quick “stock” to  boil the shrimp in.

Make a 10 minute simple shrimp stock by:

  1. Shelling the the shrimp
  2. Saute the shrimp shells in oil with garlic and spices
  3. Add in water and simmer for few minutes

Just this simple step will transform boring, bland, boiled shrimp into flavorful boiled shrimp.

Buddha Bowl Basics

This Flavorful Boiled Shrimp Recipe makes a great “lean protein” for Buddha Bowl Recipes.

You can make a batch of boiled shrimp and store in the refrigerator to enjoy all week with your Buddha Bowls!

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Roasted Tofu Buddha Bowl with Pineapple Teriyaki (substitute shrimp for the tofu)

Rice Noodle Buddha Bowl with Vietnamese Dressing

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Flavorful Boiled Shrimp Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins

Instead of just plain boiled, flavorless shrimp, make your own flavorful boiled shrimp for your Buddha Bowl recipes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buddha bowl, buddhabowl, shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 141 kcal
Author: Jaden
  • 1 lb raw shell-on shrimp
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns (optional)
  1. Peel the shrimp, saving the shells. Pat the shells very dry with paper towels.

  2. Heat a saucepan with the cooking oil over medium heat. When hot, add in the shells, garlic, pepper flakes, salt, Old Bay Seasoning, and peppercorns. Cook until the shrimp shells are pink, and the garlic is fragrant. 

  3. Pour in 1 quart of water and add in the lemon half (give the lemon a quick squeeze to release some of the juices). Simmer for 5-8 minutes.

  4. Add in the raw shrimp and when the shrimp just begins to turn pink, it's almost ready. Turn off the heat and let the shrimp finish cooking in the water with the heat off, about 1 more minute. Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon. 

  5. OPTIONAL: You can save that shrimp stock! Discard the solids. Use that stock for shrimp or lobster bisque, or to cook your next batch of Flavorful Boiled Shrimp. I like to freeze the shrimp stock.

Nutrition Facts
Flavorful Boiled Shrimp Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 286mg95%
Sodium 1467mg64%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 87IU2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 177mg18%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.