Learn how to poach shrimp in a flavorful broth with lemon, herbs, and peppercorns. This gentle cooking technique always results in perfectly tender, outrageously delicious shrimp for your favorite recipes.
In a medium saucepan, combine shrimp, cold water, lemon juice, lemon halves, dill sprigs, parsley sprigs, sugar, whole peppercorns and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until pink and firm to the touch, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove pan from heat, cover, and let shrimp sit in broth for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, fill a medium bowl with ice water. Drain shrimp and discard lemon halves, herbs, and spices.
Immediately plunge shrimp into ice water until chilled, about 3 minutes. Remove from ice water and pat dry with paper towels. Use in recipes such as shrimp salad, pasta, salad, etc.