Pickled Shrimp

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Pickled Shrimp

It’s shrimp season in the low country and there is nothing more addicting than pickled shrimp.  This is a fast and easy recipe that is a show stopper if you can wait long enough for it to pickle.  You’ll be tempted to eat it right away, but the flavor comes when marinated at least one day.  If the shrimp are covered in oil/liquid they can last up to one week but I don’t know how you won’t eat them right away.  You can also layer the shrimp in quart sized jars with the liquid/brine poured over the shrimp.  That works perfect if you are making ahead of time and taking to a party.  We eat these rather quick and just leave them in a narrow bowl covered with saran wrap.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Low Country


  • 2 lb shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup (~4-5 lemons) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • pinch pepper


  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil.
  • Peel and devein shrimp (or buy them this way).  Add to salted boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes or until done.  Shock in an ice water bath to cool immediately.  Strain and place in a narrow bowl with onions or layer / pack shrimp & onions in quart sized jars.
  • In a small bowl mix together all ingredients except shrimp and onions.  Pour over shrimp.  Refrigerate for at least 6 hours but preferably one day.  Shake jar or stir ingredients occasionally.


  • This is a simple pickling recipe with no additional spices.  Feel free to add bay leaves, fennel, dill, capers, garlic, celery seeds, etc…
  • This is also delicious on toast with a little bit of mayonnaise or over a fresh salad.


Things In My Kitchen:

    • Shrimp peeler & deveiner – There’s a lot of fancy & expensive shrimp peelers & deveiners out there.  This inexpensive, plastic one works the best for me.  I am lost without it.
    • Hand held juicer – My mom gave me a juicer similar to this 25 years ago.  Although this doesn’t have stellar reviews, I still use it & love it and like it better than some of the more modern juicers.

For more kitchen items I love/use: please visit my shop page.

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Keywords: Shrimp, Low Country, Coastal, Pescatarian, Gluten Free, Keto, Seafood, Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Dairy Free, Pickled Shrimp, Seafood, Whole 30, Paleo

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