How To Poach Shrimp
Properly poached shrimp are delicate and pop with flavor. Gentle poaching produces a shell that easily falls off and is a breeze to peel.
Zatarain's Shrimp Boil Bag
In a large stockpot with 1 gallon of water, add 1/2 c. kosher salt and 1 3 oz. Zatarain's shrimp boil. Split a lemon and squeeze all its juice into the saucepan.
Bring the poaching liquid to a boil. Simmer the spice bag for about 15-20 minutes to flavor the broth.
Reduce broth to a simmer. Use a thermometer to verify that the poaching liquid is 160–180 degrees or watch for tiny bubbles.
Pour the shrimp into the poaching liquid. Poaching shrimp should take about 5-7 minutes, regardless of whether they are frozen or not.
Immediately remove with a slotted spoon or spatula to a baking sheet. Spread out the shrimp so that they can rapidly cool.
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