Easy Steamed Pink Shrimp

Steaming pink shrimp is a stress free way to cook this delicious shellfish. 

steamed pink shrimps

Steamed shrimp vs. boiled Shrimp

Steaming is more gentle and avoids overcooking the shrimp retaining more flavour. Boiling is a more forceful way of cooking shrimp which can lead to overcooking resulting in a mushy texture with a watery taste. 

Equipment needed to steam pink shrimp

If you have a steamer and a wok, you’re good to go, and if you don’t, there are ways to transform a regular stock pot into a steamer: 

  • Place a mesh sieve over a stock pot.
  • Place a smaller heat-safe bowl or pot upside down in a large stock pot and place a heat-safe plate on top. 

Both are good options, but we prefer the first solution as it is easier to add the aromatics.

Read also our other steamed recipes.

steamed pink shrimps

Steamed Pink Shrimp

Steaming shrimp is a stress free way to cook this delicious shellfish.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Appetisers & Starters, Fish & Seafood
Cuisine International
Servings 4 people
Calories 107 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)


  • 500 gr pink shrimp

Aromatic ingredients


Prepare the steamer

  • Fill the wok halfway with water.
    Add all aromatic ingredients and bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
    cook the aromatics

Peel the pink shrimp

  • Wash the shrimp under cold running water.
    Separate the head from the tail and unwrap the shell from the shrimp tail.
    seperate head and tail from the shrimps
  • Devein the shrimp by inserting the tip of a toothpick towards the tail under the vein in the centre of the shrimp tail. Then pull up the toothpick with the vein up to the surface.
    devein a shrimp

Steam the shrimp

  • Insert a toothpick in each shrimp tails to keep them straight.
    keep shrimps straight with a toothpick
  • Arrange the shrimp tails in the steamer and steam for 2-3 minutes.
    steamed shrimps

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 0.2gProtein: 25gFat: 1gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 149mgFiber: 0.02gSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 1mg
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