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Delta Shrimp



  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 large lemon, sliced
  • 2 1/2 pounds unpeeled large fresh shrimp
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried whole basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried whole oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried whole thyme
  • Leaf lettuce


  1. Bring water and lemon to a boil; add shrimp and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Drain well; rinse with cold water. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact. Place shrimp in a large bowl.
  2. Combine oil and next 9 ingredients; stir with a wire whisk. Pour over shrimp. Toss to coat shrimp.
  3. To store: Refrigerate in a tightly covered container up to 8 hours.
  4. To serve: Drain shrimp and arrange in a large lettuce-lined bowl.
  5. Serve with cocktail sauce.


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