Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp
This easy yet elegant shrimp appetizer is a regular addition to my summer BBQ and potluck gatherings (perfect for Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day). I originally made it at my Easter festivities. It was a huge hit and a welcome change from steamed shrimp and cocktail sauce.
    Servings
    8-10as appetizer
    Cook Time
    8hrs to marinate
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    Servings
    8-10as appetizer
    Cook Time
    8hrs to marinate
    Meal Plan
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    Ingredients
    • 2pounds deveined, peeled, cooked large shrimp
    • 1cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/2cup white vinegar
    • 4tablespoon capers, with juice
    • 2teaspoon celery seed
    • 1teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2teaspoon hot sauce, like Tabasco (add more if you like a little heat)
    • 1 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
    • 8 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
    Instructions
    1. Place the cooked shrimp in a large rectangular plastic Tupperware container (with a lid) or a gallon-size freezer bag.
    2. Combine the olive oil and the following 5 ingredients (through hot sauce) in a bowl. Stir well and pour over the shrimp. Add the onions and bay leaves to the shrimp mixture. If using a Tupperware container, use your hands to combine the marinade with the shrimp, onions and bay leaves. Cover with lid. If using a freezer bag, seal and carefully shake all the ingredients together until well combined. Place in refrigerator for at least 8 hours, longer would be optimal, occasionally flipping the container to evenly marinate.
    Recipe Notes

    It is very important to let the shrimp โ€œpickleโ€ for at least 8 hours and preferably 12 hours. It is worth the wait!

    I like to find shortcuts that allow me to have quality meals, but that fit within my busy life. Using cooked shrimp is one of those shortcuts. If you are, however, inclined to cook your own shrimp in spices prior to pickling here is a great recipe:

    Add enough water to a stockpot to cover 2 pounds of unpeeled shrimp. Add in 1 bunch chopped celery tops, 1/3 cup pickling spices, and ยฝ - ยพ tablespoon of salt. Bring water to a boil and add unpeeled shrimp. Immediately reduce heat to a simmer and cook an additional 5 minutes or until the shrimp are bright pink. Drain the shrimp in a colander under cold water and cool enough to handle the shrimp so you can peel and devein them. Your shrimp are now ready to pickle!

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