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Shrimp being poached in boiling water with lemon halves in a black skillet.

How to Poach Shrimp

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.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings (5-6 shrimp each)
Calories 132kcal


  • 1 pound extra-large shrimp 21 to 25 per pound, raw, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice from 2 to 3 lemons, squeezed halves reserved
  • 5 sprigs fresh dill
  • 5 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 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.


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1470mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 3mg