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26 May 2017

A simple yet flavorful appetizer recipe of succulent shrimp simmered in beer, butter, and Old Bay seasoning. Time to get cooking!

THIS, my friends, is a recipe you MUST try, particularly if you’re a shrimp lover. It’s a simple recipe, really, nothing complex about it, with few ingredients, but 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! Truly, succulent shrimp gently simmered in Budweiser beer, butter and Old Bay Seasoning with a bit of fresh garlic. I mean, dang.

Can I PLEASE have some more of this?

Drooling here as I write this. Take a look.

Bud and Old Bay Shrimp - Recipe

Where Does this Shrimp Recipe Come From?

Full disclosure – this is NOT a recipe I invented. I may have doctored it up a tad bit, but the story of its discovery starts in Florida.

There is an excellent restaurant called Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub in Longboat Key, Florida. Patty and I go there at least once a year. They serve up the freshest seafood around and I typically order the specials.

You must order seafood on the coast. Ocean to table. So perfect. Don’t even get me talking about their poke bowl addition, though, because we’re here to talk about a DIFFERENT item on their menu – Bud and Old Bay Shrimp.

It’s an appetizer and we had never had it before at the time. When I saw it on the menu, something in my head clicked.

Not only was it a, “Hey, I GOTTA try that, what a cool combo!”, but also a “That NEEDS to go on the web site.” So here it is, in all it’s glory.

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.

Add the shrimp and simmer until the shrimp are nicely pink and cooked through.

Thicken up the simmering sauce with a bit of butter, douse with tart lemon juice and serve it all up with a few more shakes of Old Bay Seasoning.

Give it a try. It’s REALLY, REALLY good.

I enjoy dipping the shrimp down into the broth for one last flavor plunge before taking a bite. 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.

Now THAT would be outstanding. This makes for a perfect quick appetizer dish, but I’ve stretched this recipe to dinnertime status by adding in some noodles.

Works great! Give it a try!

Shout out to Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub. Here is their web site:

If you’re ever in Longboat Key, stop on in and order up some of their Bud and Old Bay Shrimp. Let me know how I compare.

The only changes I made were adding fresh garlic at the beginning and introducing lemon juice, which I LOVE with butter. Otherwise it’s the same, at least to me! Thanks, chef!

Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out the video recipe.

Patty’s Perspective

It’s great how easy this recipe is, with so much flavor. This is something you can throw together in practically no time. It’s a simple weeknight meal.

Try Some of My Other Popular Shrimp Recipes

If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.


Bud and Old Bay Shrimp – Recipe

A simple yet flavorful appetizer recipe of succulent shrimp simmered in beer, butter, and Old Bay seasoning. Time to get cooking!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: old bay, recipe, shrimp, spicy, video
Servings: 4
Calories: 216kcal


  • 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.



Serves 4
Heat Factor: Mild-Medium.


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 308mg | Sodium: 958mg | Potassium: 124mg | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 5.6mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 3.1mg


  1. what could substitute for beer??

    REPLY: Jackon, try using a broth instead of beer. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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