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Pickled Shrimp

Pickled shrimp – Boiled shrimp layered with lemon slices, onion, and capers and marinated in cider vinegar. Serve with cocktail sauce on the side.

Today I’m sharing another great recipe for a party. And it’s a good one for any kind of get-together. Whether you’ve got a crowd coming over for the Super Bowl, or having cocktails with friends, this Pickled Shrimp is always a favorite.

Pickled shrimp - Boiled shrimp layered with lemon slices, onion, and capers and marinated in cider vinegar. Serve with cocktail sauce on the side. https://www.lanascooking.com/pickled-shrimp/

Now, of course, everybody loves shrimp, don’t they? Boiled and seasoned just right served along with a fiery horseradish cocktail sauce. Yum! Never have met anyone who didn’t like them. And these pickled shrimp are really just that taken to another level. A level brought about by pickling. And what a kick you get from the pickling solution. Wow! It’s a shrimp cocktail with attitude, y’all.

How to Make Pickled Shrimp

This is one of those recipes that don’t have exact measurements. Just use what you need to make up your container of pickled shrimp. Start with fresh, peeled and deveined shrimp. Cook them in salted boiling water until they just turn opaque and pink. No more than 5 minutes. Drain the shrimp in a colander and rinse with cold water to prevent any further cooking.

Shrimp and pickling ingredients layered in a glass jar.

Now, using a container (or two) large enough to hold all the shrimp with a little extra space, start layering your ingredients.

Start with half the shrimp, a layer of thin lemon slices, a layer of thinly sliced onions and a couple of tablespoons of capers. Repeat with the remaining shrimp, and another layer of lemon slices, onions, and capers. Add enough cider vinegar so that all the ingredients are covered and top it off with a drizzle (a tablespoon or so) of extra virgin olive oil.

Shrimp and ingredients in a sealed jar.

Close the container and refrigerate for 6-8 hours. Serve with cocktail sauce on the side.

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Pickled shrimp - Boiled shrimp layered with lemon slices, onion, and capers and marinated in cider vinegar. Serve with cocktail sauce on the side. https://www.lanascooking.com/pickled-shrimp/

Pickled Shrimp

Layers of shrimp, lemon slices, onion and capers marinated in cider vinegar.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Lana Stuart


  • 1 pound shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 2 lemons thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers drained
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Add shrimp to a pot of boiling, well salted water. Cook for 3-5 minutes or shrimp become pink and opaque.
  • Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
  • Layer shrimp with lemon slices, onion slices and capers in a container with a tight fitting top.
  • Pour over with vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil (note: add extra vinegar as needed to fully cover the ingredients)
  • Allow to marinate for 6-8 hours refrigerated.
  • Serve chilled with cocktail sauce on the side.


Nutrition Information

Calories 136kcal | Carbohydrates 4g | Protein 12g | Fat 8g | Saturated Fat 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat 1g | Monounsaturated Fat 5g | Cholesterol 143mg | Sodium 471mg | Potassium 125mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 1g | Vitamin A 8IU | Vitamin C 18mg | Calcium 95mg | Iron 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. Yes, I believe everyone loves shrimp, LOL:-) I love love this, what a fun idea for a party! It looks pretty too:-) Hugs, Terra

  2. Lana, this is something I have never tried before. Step 1 is to go to the store to get good shrimps…Excited much! Page, bookmarked!Thanks!

  3. Thanks…can’t wait to make them!

  4. How long can they sit in in the pickling mixture. Do they get tough if they sit longer than the 6-8 hours? How long will they keep ..can you make ahead for a party?

    1. Debbie – they won’t get tough, but they will get very, very strong from the vinegar. Although some recipes do say to marinate for up to three days, I wouldn’t let them sit any more than 8 hours for sure.

  5. amy@currylime says:

    What a wonderful way to prepare shrimp!! Perfect for snacking, even when not watching football ;-)

  6. Jennifer @ Jennifer Cooks says:

    Shrimp?! Did someone say shrimp?! I love shrimp…I think I could eat it everyday! I haven’t ever pickled it, though. I’m pinning this to give it a try…sounds delish!

  7. Paula @ Spoons n Spades says:

    What a great idea! It looks wonderful and your photos are great :-)

  8. WOW – would have never thought of doing pickled shrimp but i guess this is just like ceviche which i love. Very nice!

    1. Never thought about that, but I guess it is something like ceviche. Except the shrimp are cooked first.

  9. Nancy@acommunaltable says:

    This is one of my all time FAVORITE recipes!! Whenever I make it I have to include extras “just for me”! Absolutely perfect for the Superbowl!!