Lulu's Famous Peel and Eat Shrimp

Lulu's Famous Peel and Eat Shrimp
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Recipe for Lulu's Famous Peel and Eat Shrimp from Lulu's restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Owned by Jimmy Buffett's sister Lucy, this waterside restaurant is a parrot head's dream.


  • 1 1/2 - 2 gallons water
  • 1 cup “medium” hot sauce
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 cups liquid crab or seafood boil
  • 1 bag dry crab or seafood boil
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup Creole seasoning
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • (Note: Most Creole seasoning mix has half the salt of most brands. If using another brand, you may want to reduce Creole seasoning and salt by half.) 2 – 3 pounds large headless shrimp (21/25 count) with shells


  1. 1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large stock pot. Bring to a full rolling boil.
  2. 2. Add shrimp. Bring back to boil. (Approximately 3 minutes.)
  3. 3. Turn off and cover for one minute. Remove shrimp immediately and place on top of a layer of ice in a shallow baking pan to stop cooking process.
  4. 4. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Drain and refrigerate. Serve with Cocktail Sauce.
  5. LuLu’s Clues: Shrimp should never cook over 3 – 5 minutes; overcooking results in shrimp that are hard to peel.
  6. Don’t be afraid that these are extra spicy because of all of the added heat. It takes that much flavoring to permeate the shells.