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

Sautéed shrimp in cast iron skillet seasoned with Old Bay Seasoning and garnished with fresh thyme leaves.

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.

Quick steps for making this recipe

  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the shrimp and sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning. Sauté for about three minutes.
  2. Drizzle with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a dash of Tabasco. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves.
  3. Toss the shrimp in the sauce until coated, season with a little black pepper and serve.

Serving suggestions

To serve, plate some rice, top with shrimp, and spoon all those delicious pan juices over the top. Add a salad or a simple vegetable like green beans or peas to round out the meal.

If you like this dish, you may want to try our Louisiana Style Shrimp and Rice too.

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

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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


  • Combine the lemon juice, Tabasco, and Worcestershire in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Heat 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat until foamy.
  • Add the shrimp, sprinkle with the Old Bay Seasoning and sauté until pink and opaque, about 3 minutes total.
  • Add the lemon juice mixture, thyme leaves, and the remaining tablespoon of butter and toss until the shrimp are well coated.
  • Season with freshly ground black pepper and remove from the heat.
  • 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.
Calories: 254kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 266mg, Sodium: 476mg, Fiber: 1g
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