Bud and Old Bay Shrimp is a simple yet flavor-packed appetizer that always pleases a crowd! Succulent shrimp are simmered in beer, butter, and plenty of Old Bay Seasoning. Let's get to cooking!
Bud and Old Bay Shrimp
THIS, my friends, is a recipe you simply must try - especially if you're a shrimp lover like me. It's a simple recipe, really, nothing complex about it! With just a few ingredients it tastes like something you've been missing all your life. What I have found over the years is that, often times, simple ingredients and recipes produce the best results. This is one of those.
I introduce to you - bud and Old Bay shrimp! Perfectly cooked shrimp are gently simmered in Budweiser beer, butter, and Old Bay Seasoning with a bit of fresh garlic. I mean, dang. These shrimp are seriously addictive and typically fly off the plate at any party we bring them to, especially during the summer season when everyone's craving some seafood.
To be honest, I sadly can't claim to be the genius that developed this recipe. I was inspired by the shrimp I had at an excellent restaurant called Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub in Longboat Key, Florida. I ordered their bud and Old Bay shrimp and realized with just one bite that I couldn't wait until the next trip to have it again! Now I make this recipe at home anytime the craving strikes.
Ingredients in Old Bay Shrimp
- Old Bay Seasoning
- Fresh lemon juice
- Fresh herbs
How to Make Bud and Old Bay Shrimp - The Recipe / Method
It's super simple - I even posted a quick video below showing you how easy it really is. Just melt a bit of butter in a pan, cook down some minced garlic a bit, then pour in your Budweiser beer and Old Bay and bring it to a boil.
Melt the butter. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add half of the butter and let it fully melt.
Make it flavorful. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Stir in the Budweiser and Old Bay. Bring to a boil.
Cook the shrimp. Add the shrimp and simmer for about 5-6 minutes.
Add the final touches. Stir in the rest of the butter and let it melt before squeezing in the lemon juice.
Recipe Tips & Notes
- Serve the shrimp with the butter. All of that buttery beer left in the pan that's essentially liquid gold? USE IT! I enjoy dipping the shrimp down into the broth for one last flavor plunge before taking a bite.
- Feel free to thicken the sauce. You can thicken the sauce even further with a bit more butter, or perhaps a swirl of a tablespoon or 2 of grated Parmesan cheese.
- Don't over-cook your shrimp. Once the tails of your shrimp are curled and the shrimp turns a pink/opaque color, they're cooked and ready to go! If you cook them for too long, they can turn rubbery.
Storage and Reheating
Once your Old Bay shrimp have fully cooled to room temperature, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for about 2-3 days. I recommend reheating them right back in the pan with some of the buttery beer sauce to give them back their moisture.
Try Some of My Other Popular Shrimp Recipes
- Grilled Buffalo Shrimp
- Habanero-Honey Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
- 10 Minute Grilled Shrimp and Sausage Skewers
- Shrimp Creole
- Shrimp Etouffee
- Shrimp with Chipotle-Bourbon-Butter Sauce
- Shrimp and Grits
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Bud and Old Bay Shrimp Recipe
- 3 tablespoons butter divided
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 6-8 ounces Budweiser Beer
- 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning + more for serving
- 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
- Juice from half a lemon
- Fresh chopped herbs for serving
- Heat a large pan to medium heat. Add half the butter and allow to melt.
- Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, until it becomes nice and fragrant.
- Add Bud Beer and Old Bay Seasoning. Bring to a boil.
- Add shrimp and stir. Simmer 5-6 minutes, or until the shrimp turn pink and cook through.
- Stir in remaining butter, allow to melt through, then squeeze in lemon juice.
- Pour into a serving bowl and top with extra Old Bay Seasoning, if desired, and fresh herbs.