Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

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.  Shrimp should always be cooked quickly in order to preserve their sweet, delicate flavors.  They are very quick to cook, and the flavor can easily be ruined by overcooking.  Most shrimp cook in as little as 3 minutes  – when they curl and turn pink, they are done.  Only simmer in lightly salted water just until they just start to turn pink, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.  Properly cooked shrimp are firm with a gentle curve shape (like the letter “C”).  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:
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail Sauce Recipe, Shrimp Cocktail Recipe
Servings: 4 Servings
  • Shrimp (fresh or frozen), cooked and cleaned with tails-on and thawed*
  • Parsley (for garnish)
  • Lemon slices (for garnish)
Cocktail Sauce:
Shrimp Cocktail Instructions:
  1. Prepare Cocktail Sauce.  Place cocktail sauce in a martini glass, drinking glass, or any decorating bowl.

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

  3. 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.

  4. Makes 4 servings.

Cocktail Sauce Instructions:
  1. In a small bowl, mix ingredients together to taste, cover and chill until ready to serve and to develop flavor.

  2. Makes 2/3 cup.

Recipe Notes

* 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.

Source:  Photo from Whole Foods Marketplace.


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Comments and Reviews

One Response to “Shrimp Cocktail Recipe”

  1. Julia

    One of the great recipe with shrimp I have found on the web. Really looks deliciuos. I need to try this at home today.

    Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe.


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