Cannon Beach Spring Recipe: Marinated Shrimp

Spring at Cannon Beach is a wonderful experience for the family, especially when you stay in a vacation home. There's nothing quite like stepping outside on a bright spring morning to take in Cannon Beach's fresh air, or share a homemade meal with friends and family out on the deck with golden sunset views.

One of our favorite dishes to serve during the spring is the Marinated Shrimp recipe below. Like our Herbed Cheese-and-Cracker Bits recipe, this was pulled from our Olson Family Recipes book. Give this appetizer a try on Easter Sunday in Cannon Beach at your vacation rental, and stay on the lookout for more tasty recipes coming up soon!

Marinated Shrimp Recipe (Adapted from Best of Friends)

  • 1-2 pounds of large cooked and shelled shrimp
  • 1 oninon, thinly sliced (Bermuda or purple are great)
  • ½ cup salad oil
  • 1 ½ cups vinegar (tarragon is nice)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons capers (those little round green things that look like tiny green peas - in a bottle)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons celery seed
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or powdered garlic to taste or neither)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
In a serving bowl - preferably glass - layer all the cooked shrimp and thin onion slices. Put the service bowl aside and, in a separate mixing bowl, mix together the marinade ingredients. Once combined, pour the mixture into the shrimp and onion seving bowl and then place in the fridge for at least 24 hours. Remove the bay leaves when you're ready to serve.

BONUS: These pickled shrimp will keep for at least a week in the fridge so long as their kept well covered.

These marinated shrimp are a wonderful little dish for a family gathering, and they're perfect as a holiday feast appetizer or addition to the buffet table. If you do use this for an appetizer, have toothpicks handy and get your bites in quick. This crowd-pleasing dish won't stick around long out in the open!

Keep an eye out on our blog feed for more great Olson Family Recipe Book dishes coming up soon. For your Cannon Beach vacation, be sure to check out our area guide's helpful trip-planning information. And, make sure you book your stay with Beachcomber Vacation Rentals to lock in the best vacation rentals around Cannon Beach.