Poaching Liquid for Shrimp

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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1 cup white wine

1 to 2 tablespoons kosher salt

5 black peppercorns

4 to 5 parsley stems, optional

4 sprigs fresh thyme

2 dried bay leaves

2 shallots, coarsely chopped

1 head garlic, cut horizontally

6 to 8 head-on large shrimp, deveined, peeled with tails on


  1. Bring about 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the white wine, salt, peppercorns, parsley stems, if using, thyme, bay leaves, shallots and garlic. Bring back to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer and let the flavors meld, about 10 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook just until opaque and pink, about 2 minutes. Remove from the liquid and shock in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Serve chilled.