How to Boil Shrimp With Heads On

Should you boil shrimp with the heads on, or with the shells on? Although there is probably no seafood cooking experience easier than figuring out how to boil shrimp, the presentation of the shrimp calls for a little more thought.

Heads Or Tails?
Some people choose to clean shrimp thoroughly before cooking of any kind, including boiling. Other people like to leave the tails on for presentation purposes in certain recipes. Still, there are often times when even the heads are left intact. If you are interested in learning how to boil shrimp with the heads still on, keep reading.

Guess what? There is no big secret to boiling shrimp with the heads on! You boil them as you would any other shrimp. The same amount of time is required for heads-on shrimp as it is for "headless" shrimp. However, there are some especially delectable recipes for boiled shrimp where having the heads on is preferable.

One such recipe is the "Fisherman's Shrimp Boil," which is quick and easy. It is also able to satisfy any appetite.

Fisherman's Shrimp Boil
Ingredients You Will Need:
Four 12-ounce bottles of lager beer
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
8 to 10 small Yukon gold potatoes, halved
2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes
2 pounds of unshelled Maine shrimp
3 lemons cut into wedges
Sea salt, to taste

All you do to prepare the Fisherman's Shrimp Boil is pour the beer and vinegar into a large stock pot, and add the potatoes and red pepper flakes. You then bring the contents to a simmer. Add a cover to the pot, and allow it to boil for about 20 minutes, or at least until the potatoes are tender. At this point you simply add the shrimp, cover and cook for another three minutes.

Remove the stock pot from the burner, and ladle the "soup" into large bowls. Serve with the sliced lemon wedges and sea salt. For one variation, it is suggested that you add some spicy sausage to the boil as well. It also would be easy to throw in some pearl onions or practically anything else, for that matter.

Look at it this way: When you boil shrimp with the heads on, at least you get to pass some of the day's cleaning duties on to your family or guests. If your meal is tasty, they won't mind at all.

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