This fast and easy Old Bay shrimp recipe combines the iconic seafood seasoning with lemon juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire, and fresh thyme.

Old Bay seasoned shrimp in cast iron skillet

Ready in a matter of minutes, this Old Bay shrimp recipe is easy to make and can be served over rice and paired with a salad or green veggie to make a fast and flavorful dinner.

We use jumbo (16 to 20 per pound) shrimp, sprinkle them with Old Bay Seasoning and sauté them in butter for about three minutes before adding some fresh-squeezed lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, a dash of Tabasco and some fresh thyme.

To serve, we plate some rice, top with shrimp and spoon those yummy pan juices over the top. For a little extra zing, you can add some crumbled bacon to the rice.

RELATED: If you like this dish, you may also want to try our Louisiana Style Shrimp and Rice. This recipe was submitted by a reader and it’s positively delicious!

What is Old Bay Seasoning?

Originally developed by the Baltimore Spice Company for flavoring crab and shrimp, Old Bay Seasoning is a blend of salt, celery seed, black pepper, red pepper, paprika, and other spices.

It’s named after the Old Bay line of passenger ships that sailed the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia in the early 1900s.

The brand was sold to McCormick & Company in 1990, but the flavor has remained the same. McCormick now makes some other Old Bay products including a reduced-sodium version, prepared cocktail sauce, and a crab cake mix.

If you like the flavor profile of Old Bay, you might want to try the Crab Boil with Beer and Old Bay from Southern Living.

Old Bay Shrimp Sauté

Old Bay Shrimp Sauté

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This fast and easy Old Bay shrimp recipe combines the iconic seafood seasoning with lemon juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire, and fresh thyme.


  • 1.25 lbs large shrimp, peeled (tails on) and deveined
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1-1/2 lemons)
  • 4 to 5 dashes of Tabasco
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Steamed white or brown rice


  1. Combine the lemon juice, Tabasco, and Worcestershire in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat until foamy.
  3. Add the shrimp, sprinkle with the Old Bay Seasoning and sauté until pink and opaque, about 3 minutes total.
  4. Add the lemon juice mixture, thyme leaves, and the remaining tablespoon of butter and toss until the shrimp are well coated.
  5. Season with freshly ground black pepper and remove from the heat.
  6. To serve, plate individual servings of steamed white or brown rice, top with a portion of shrimp and spoon the pan juices over the top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 266mgSodium: 476mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 29g

Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.