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Basic Boiled Shrimp

This is a good basic recipe to prepare shrimp for cocktail sauce.

Type: Fish, Shellfish
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

4   Bay leaves
20   Peppercorns
12   Whole cloves
1 teaspoon 5mlCayenne pepper
1 teaspoon 5mlDried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlDried basil
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlDried thyme
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlCaraway seeds
1 teaspoon 5mlMustard seeds
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlCumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlFennel seeds
8 cups 1896mlWater
1 cup 237mlLemon - quartered (large)
1   Garlic clove - minced
2 lbs 908g / 32ozLarge shrimp - peeled, deveined

Recipe Instructions

In a double or triple thickness of cheesecloth, combine all the spices (first 11 ingredients). Secure the packet with a piece of string.

Combine water, lemon, garlic, and spice bag together in a Dutch oven. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 3 minutes.

Add shrimp and return to a boil. Boil shrimp for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain thoroughly and chill. Serve with cocktail sauce.

This recipe yields 6 servings. Serving size: 4 ounces.

Exchanges Per Serving: 2 Lean Meat.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 113; Calories from Fat 11; Total Fat 1g; Saturated Fat 0g; Cholesterol 222mg; Sodium 255mg; Carbohydrate 0g; Dietary Fiber 0g; Sugars 0g; Protein 24g.

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