Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp

Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp

For as simple as shrimp cocktail is, it’s just so darn good and brings extra special vibes. So you know this recipe for SMOKED Peel and Eat Shrimp are going to be spectacular, right?!

Simply seasoned, smoked in the shell, and served with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce.

Bonus that these are super low in calories and fat, so if you’re doing the healthy eating thing they are perfect.

You might question how the seasoning and smoke get to the shrimp since they are cooked in the shell.

They do, though!

Part of the seasoning part would probably be because you’re peeling the shell with your hands and the seasoning gets on the shrimp that way.

Messy they are, but oh SOOO worth it and kind of a fun dinner or appetizer.

How to Make Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp

I have two pounds of easy peel shrimp, as it said on the bag.

They are split and deveined, but the shells are still on.

And you only need olive oil, lemon juice, and my good friend… Old Bay seasoning.

seasoning for shrimp

Drizzle about two Tablespoons olive oil on the shrimp in a large bowl, and two Tablespoons lemon juice.

Then three Tablespoons of the Old Bay. It has enough salt so nothing extra is needed.

adding old bay to the shrimp

Toss together, I used tongs.

Then the next stop is the smoker.

seasoned shrimp before cooking

I placed them right on the grill grate of my Traeger Ironwood 885 set to 225 degrees.

And if your smoker has the “super smoke” feature…do it!

on the smoker before cooking

These will go pretty quickly, even at the low temperature.

About 30 to 40 minutes, flipping them halfway through 🙂

seasoned shrimp on the smoker before cooking


I mean, I know that’s not a word…but that’s what came out of my mouth as I stared at these beauties for the first time 😉

Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp


after smoking

I went with a simple store bought cocktail sauce, but I am sure if you have a homemade sauce that would be even better.

cocktail sauce

Let them cool slightly, or don’t…they are great warm too.

Or you could even refrigerate them and serve cold like traditional shrimp cocktail.

Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp

Serve Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges 🙂

So like I mentioned earlier, these are messy but in the fun way.

The only issue we had was I had two bags of shrimp, different brands. And half of these shrimp peeled flawlessly and easily.

The other half we had to work a little harder to get the shell off.

I would recommend using a brand you know will peel easily (I would have but my grocery store substituted one brand of my usual with another brand I have never used).

Still wasn’t too bad, just thought I’d mention it.

Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp


Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp


Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp

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Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp
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Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp

Smoked Peel and Eat Shrimp is seasoned with Old Bay and smoked, I used my Traeger, for the most flavorful shrimp cocktail that's so easy!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Appetizers, Healthy, Party Food, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Pellet Grill, Recipe, Seafood, Shrimp, Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Shrimp, Traeger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 pounds
Calories 478 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp split and deveined, but not peeled
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil
  • 2 Tbsps lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsps Old Bay seasoning
  • Optional: cocktail sauce, lemon wedges


  1. Put the shrimp in a large bowl and add the olive oil, lemon juice, and Old Bay seasoning. Toss until evenly coated.

  2. Set the Traeger grill or smoker to 225 degrees and place the shrimp right on the grill/smoker grate for 30 to 40 minutes. Flip them halfway through.

    Note: These can also be baked on a baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

  3. Remove the shrimp and let them cool slightly or come to room temp. Serve with cocktail and and extra lemon wedges if desired.

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