This recipe for Old Bay Grilled Shrimp is common to seafood cooks throughout Maryland. So many cooks here keep Old Bay Seasoning in their pantries. It’s the native seasoning here for all things seafood and is produced by the McCormick Company, also native to Maryland. Rather than claiming Old Bay Grilled Shrimp as my recipe, I am sharing a regional favorite recipe. Besides a squeeze of lemon, there’s only one seasoning and the smoky taste of the grill that makes this shrimp so addicting.
Buy Sustainable Shrimp
I grilled jumbo shrimp (my favorite oxymoron) in this recipe. I also shopped for sustainable seafood for my Old Bay Grilled Shrimp. Sustainable shrimp are those that are wild harvested responsibly or are farmed in “fully recirculating systems or inland ponds,” according to SeafoodWatch.org. It can be confusing to determine what’s sustainable and what’s red listed when shopping for shrimp. There are dozens of market names for shrimp. It helps to use the Seafood Watch App. I always ask fishmongers for the market names and origins of shrimp for sale. Information in the app is based on the market names and origins of seafood, so don’t be shy about asking for this information. With market names and origins of shellfish and fish, I have the best chance of determining whether there is sustainable seafood available or something else (that I don’t want).
Preparing Old Bay Grilled Shrimp
The flavor of Old Bay Grilled Shrimp is enhanced when using a charcoal grill. But a gas grill or even a stove-top grill will work for this recipe as well. If you can, buy pre-cleaned shrimp. Season both sides with Old Bay Seasoning. Place shrimp in a lightly greased grilling basket or on a sheet of heavy aluminum foil sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray. Grill the large/jump shrimp for three minutes per side. Make enough for second servings and enjoy this recipe all summer.
- 2 pounds jumbo shrimp (about 20-24 shrimp)
- 3 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning, plus more to taste
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Season both sides of shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning. Do not peel shrimp before grilling.
- Place shrimp in a lightly greased grilling basket or on a sheet of heavy aluminum foil sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray.
- Grill the large/jump shrimp for three minutes per side. Remove shrimp from grill and squeeze lemon juice over shrimp (still in shell). Serve shrimp with additional Old Bay Seasoning for each diner to peel, eat, and enjoy.