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Pickled Shrimp

I prefer medium-sized Gulf shrimp for this recipe, but you can adjust it to whatever you have on hand. And keep in mind that this is how I like pickled shrimp; there are lots of variations on this dish. 
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: pickled foods, shrimp
Servings: 3 pints
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Hank Shaw


  • 10 ounces pearl onions
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons capers, with a little of their brine
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 7 ounces lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Distilled vinegar (see below)


  • Bring a couple quarts of water to a boil and boil the pearl onions for 3 minutes. Remove the onions but keep the water. Rinse the onion under cold water so you can handle them, then slice off the root end. Use your fingers to pop a cleaned onion out, leaving the peel in your hand. Compost the peels. Set the onions aside.
  • Add the Old Bay to the onion water and bring it back to a boil. Add the peeled shrimp and turn off the heat. Pull the shrimp out after a couple minutes, when they are just cooked through. 
  • Divide the onions, sliced jalapenos and shrimp between three pint jars. Mix together the capers, a little of their brine, the thyme, mustard seeds, lemon juice and olive oil. Pour this evenly into the jars. Add a few spoonfulls of the cooking water.
  • The shrimp need to be completely submerged, so top up with some vinegar if you need to. Hand-seal the jars and keep in the refrigerator. They will last a week or two, and can be eaten 24 hours after they're made. 


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 381mg | Sodium: 1329mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 55.7mg | Calcium: 278mg | Iron: 5.1mg