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shrimp pasta salad

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Michelle Flory
dundalk, MD

My girls love this. I make it with leftover steamed shrimp.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Adding shrimp to a simple pasta salad is a great way to add protein and create a one-dish meal. Using beer and Old Bay seasoning, the shrimp are steamed to perfection and have a nice flavor. Onion and celery add a nice crunch to this simple salad. You could add anything you typically like in a pasta salad like relish, boiled eggs, or any other veggie if you want to bulk it up even more. This shrimp pasta salad will be a cool and creamy meal when the weather is warmer.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 6 tp 8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For shrimp pasta salad

  • 1 lb
    shrimp, raw shrimp
  • 1 can
    fake beer or real beer, any kind for steaming shrimp
  • 1/2 c
    Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 pkg
    elbow macaroni, cooked according to package
  • 2 stick
    celery, chopped
  • 1/2 sm
    onion, cut and diced
  • 3 - 4 Tbsp
    Old Bay, again more or less according to taste
  • 1 - 1 1/2 c
    mayonnaise, more or less depending on how creamy you want it

How To Make shrimp pasta salad

Test Kitchen Tips
We started with 1 Tbsp of seasoning and felt that was plenty. We recommend adding a little at a time when mixing until it suits your taste buds. Also, we used small pre-peeled shrimp for a time-saver and didn't cut them in half.
  • Steaming shrimp in beer and Old Bay seasoning.
    Steam shrimp. If you have a rice steamer, great. If you have an insert for a pan, that will work. Put the beer in a pot in place of water along with Old Bay seasoning.
  • Basket with shrimp added to saucepan and a lid placed on top to steam.
    Add the steamer basket and fill it with shrimp. Cut up some onions and add. Cover with a lid. Place the pot on the stovetop. Cook shrimp until pink (should be about 8 to 10 minutes on medium).
  • Shrimp after they've steamed.
    When done, peel the shrimp and cut them into two.
  • Shrimp, pasta, and remaining ingredients added to a bowl.
    Now for the salad, add shrimp to cooled cooked pasta and the remaining ingredients.
  • Mixed ingredients ready to refrigerate.
    Mix well and cool in the fridge.