Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

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I love shrimp cocktail!  What could be easier and more delightful than a classic shrimp cocktail to start off your meal?  A quintessential appetizer that is so easy to make and is ready in minutes.  I also like to serve this easy-to-make appetizer for every special occasions with family and friends.  Plus this delicious shrimp cocktail will not wreck your diet.

When purchasing fresh or frozen shrimp, the most reliable way to determine sizing is by the “count,” or number of shrimp per pound.  I prefer to use 12 to 15 count shrimp, but 16 to 20 count will also work.  To me, the bigger the shrimp, the better!

Please do not overcook your shrimp.  Only simmer in lightly salted water just until they just start to turn pink, approximately 1 to 3 minutes.  Immediately remove from heat.  Drain and rinse shrimp in a colander under cold running water.  Remember, If you overcook shrimp, they taste like rubber.


Shrimp Cocktail


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Shrimp Cocktail Recipe:

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings


Fresh or frozen cooked and cleaned shrimp with tails-on and thawed*
Cocktail Sauce (see recipe below)
Fresh parsley for garnish
Fresh lemon slices for garnish

* If your shrimp are frozen, thaw overnight in the bag in the refrigerator, or remove shrimp from bag, thaw in a colander or strainer under cold running water for about three minutes.  Use immediately.



Prepare Cocktail Sauce.  Place cocktail sauce in a martini glass, drinking glass, or any decorating bowl.

Place several fresh shrimp on the rim of the glass with the tails on the outside.

Make one cut in each lemon slice starting at the center and cutting through to the outside.  Place a cut lemon slice on each glass where you made the cut so that it stands up.  Add a sprig of parsley and serve.

Makes 4 servings.


Cocktail Sauce Recipe:

1/2 cup chili sauce or catsup
2 tablespoons hot cream-style horseradish
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
4 drops Tabasco
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
garlic cloves, minced

In a small bowl, mix ingredients together to taste, cover and chill until ready to serve and to develop flavor.

Makes 2/3 cup.

Source:  Photo from Whole Foods Marketplace.

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