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2 Ways to Make Perfect, Juicy Shrimp — Every Single Time

Good Housekeeping Logo By The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen of Good Housekeeping | Slide 1 of 6: Nothing beats a classic, especially when there's cocktail sauce involved. To make, add lemon slices, black peppercorns, salt, and shrimp to a pot of boiling water. Cook 1-2 minutes over medium heat, then let cool for 15 minutes. Serve shrimp over ice and dip in your cocktail sauce of choice. More Recipes to Try:• Thai-Style Shrimp and Coconut Noodles• Easy-Peasy Shrimp Ziti• Shrimp Curry PotstickersGood news! You can now watch our Test Kitchen Secrets how-to videos on Amazon Video - and they're included with your Prime membership! If you're not a Prime member, click here to sign up.

2 Ways to Make Perfect, Juicy Shrimp — Every Single Time

Shrimp is by far the most popular seafood year-round. You can toss it in creamy pasta dishes, fry it up, or best of all, dip it into cocktail sauce for a party snack. Basically, it's delicious any way you make it — grilled, sautéed, fried, or even boiled.

Cozy up to that freezer aisle. Sure, you can buy peeled and deveined shrimp the grocery store. But many people (including our Test Kitchen!) swear by buying frozen, shelled shrimp, and then preparing when ready to eat. The more time shrimp is left in the shell, the more flavorful it will be. Plus, pre-packed, pre-peeled shrimp often turn into a watery mess.

For frozen shrimp, thaw them in the refrigerator 1-2 days before use. If you're short on time, run the shrimp under cold water. Fresh shrimp, however, can only be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.

If the ends curl, you've gone too far. Shrimp is ready when it's opaque and pink, but before the ends curl up.

We tested and perfected two family-friendly shrimp recipes: Sautéed Garlic Shrimp and Shrimp Cocktail. Whether you're planning a quick (we're talking 15 minutes!) dinner or trying to perfect this cocktail party staple, these recipes will never fail you.

What you'll need for Sautéed Garlic Shrimp:

12 oz. large shrimp

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 clove garlic 

2 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. parsley

Kitchen scissors

Paper towels



What you'll need for Shrimp Cocktail:

2 qt. water

1 lemon

10 whole black peppercorns

1 tsp. salt

24 extra large shrimp

Kitchen scissors ($10,

Paper towels ($16,

Pot ($20,

Colander ($20,

Tongs ($13,

Cocktail sauce

© Kate Bennis

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