Pickled Shrimp

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This pickled shrimp recipe is an easy way to put a zesty, tangy twist on classic shrimp. It's a 24-hour pickling recipe that makes a great appetizer for any occasion.

Closeup shot of pickled shrimp on toothpick.

If you're looking for a delicious appetizer that works for any occasion, then you've found it here. I love to make pickled shrimp for any gathering. They're upscale enough for special events, but they're easy enough to serve on game days. There's never a wrong time for them!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • The tangy, briny flavor of the pickling mix pairs perfectly with the shrimp.
  • It's an easy recipe that only takes a few minutes of prep and 24 hours to pickle.
  • It's a versatile appetizer recipe suitable for fancy events or game day parties.

Top Tip

Be sure your shrimp is completely covered with the pickling juice before refrigerating.

Closup shot of pickled shrimp on toothpick


This recipe might look fancy, but it only takes a few simple ingredients to make. You can find everything you need in your kitchen or in one quick trip to the grocery store.

All the ingredients are listed here, but you can find the exact quantities in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Dill seed
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Sugar
  • White vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Purple onion, thinly sliced
  • Lemon, thinly sliced
  • Large cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails-off
Overhead shot of individual pickled shrimp ingredients in bowls on table.


This is the easiest pickling recipe of any kind you'll ever make. You don't even have to use the stove. Just mix and pour. That's all there is to it.

The highlights are right here, but you'll find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Combine all the pickling spices and liquid in a large sealable bowl.

Closeup shot of oil being poured into glass mixing bowl.

2: Add the onions and lemons.

Overhead shot of pickling mixture with onions and lemons.

3: Add shrimp to the mixture.

Closeup overhead shot of pickled shrimp mixture in bowl

4: Seal bowl and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

Closeup shot of jarful of pickled shrimp

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use your favorite size shrimp for this recipe.
  • Add red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
  • You can add sliced garlic cloves, as well.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Bowl with sealable lid
Closeup shot of pickled shrimp on toothpick


Refrigerator: Store for 4 to 6 days in a sealable bowl in the refrigerator.

What to Serve with Pickled Shrimp

Serve these pickled shrimp with toast points, on salad, or even simply on toothpicks. They're also wonderful when paired with deviled eggs, or pimento cheese-based items.


  • Be sure your shrimp is completely submerged in the pickling mixture. If not, add water until submerged.
  • It's important that your bowl has a lid that seals tightly to keep the flavors inside the bowl and not wafting throughout your fridge.
  • Be sure to thoroughly mix your pickling mixture for the best results.
Closeup shot of pickled shrimp in jar.


What are pickled shrimp?

Pickled shrimp is a recipe in which prepared shrimp is submerged in a brine of vinegar, olive oil, and various pickling spices, along with lemons and onions.

What are pickled shrimp used for?

Pickled shrimp are used on their own as appetizers, added to salads, or as part of other appetizer recipes.

What do pickled shrimp taste like?

Pickled shrimp have a briny, zesty flavor that intensifies the natural salty, seafood flavor of the shrimp.

More Pickled Recipes

Yield: 8 servings

Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp

This pickled shrimp recipe is easy to make and adds a briny, zingy flavor to everyone's favorite shellfish. It only takes 24 hours to pickle! #inspiraitonalmomma #pickledshrimp #pickledshrimprecipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes


  • 1 tsp dill seed
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 purple onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ lb large cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails-off


  1. In a large sealable bowl, add dill seed, coarse sea salt, sugar, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil.  Stir well.
  2. Add onions and lemons. Stir again.
  3. Add shrimp and stir well.  If shrimp is not completely covered with liquid, add water until it is.
  4. Seal bowl and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 194Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 179mgSodium 1098mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 20g

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