Spicy Beer Boiled Shrimp
1 (12 ounce) bottle beer (not dark or amber)
1 tablespoon hot red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorn
2 bay leaves
2 lbs raw shrimp, shells on but legs removed
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
bottled seafood cocktail sauce lemon wedge
Combine the beer, pepper flakes, peppercorns and bay leaves in a large heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, then boil for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp. Cover and cook until the shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain.
Melt the butter. Stir in the lemon juice and cayenne pepper.
Serve the shrimp with the butter mixture, cocktail sauce and lemon wedges. Peel and eat.