Shrimp Cocktail

 In Appetizers, Christmas, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Seafood, Under 30 Minutes

I’ve eaten so much shrimp in the last two months I feel as though I might turn into a crustacean… This is mostly due to the fact that I am really bad about taking things out of the freezer to thaw and then I find myself at 6 pm, hungry with a 2 pound brick of frozen chicken breasts or a can of black beans for the meal’s protein. I don’t think I need to explain in detail why I stay away from black beans *hums Pumba’s theme song from the Lion King*

So I’ve come to rely on shrimp because I can thaw it in about 10 minutes and cook it in five which is even faster than ordering a pizza. Since I’ve been making shrimp so frequently, I’ve come up with all sorts of fantastic ways to eat it.

Shrimp cocktail is a classic and is perfect as an appetizer or an accompaniment to whatever leftovers I’ve scrounged up from the fridge that night. You can make it ahead if you’re the ‘think ahead’ type (please teach me your ways!) or whip it up last minute if you’re in a pinch. This is the ultimate lazy party food, you use hardly any dishes or silverware and everyone thinks you’re a goddess… For other shrimp ideas check out Simple Pad Thai and Shrimp Ceviche.

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Shrimp Cocktail

Difficulty: Easy

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

  • ½ LB Shrimp, frozen or fresh
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1-3 Tablespoons Spicy or Mild Horseradish
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 teaspoons Worcester Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • Dash of Hot Sauce (optional)

Directions:

Defrost your shrimp under cold, running water. Then peel them, leaving the tail and one segment of the shell on. See How to Get Perfectly Cooked Shrimp Every Time for more details on peeling and cooking shrimp.

In a medium pot, cover the shrimp in cold water and then turn the heat to high. You can throw in a bay leaf, half a lemon, and some peppercorns if you’d like to add a little extra flavor but it will be fine either way.

Watch closely, as soon as the first bubble of a boil appears, your shrimp will be perfectly cooked.

Strain the shrimp and run cold water over them or plunge them into an ice bath till quite cold, then pat them dry. Keep the shrimp cold until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, mix together the ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, salt and Worcestershire sauce adding a dash of your favorite hot sauce if you like it spicy.

Taste the sauce and adjust with more ingredients as needed.

Serve the sauce in a bowl or cocktail glass with the shrimp hanging over the edge. If the shrimp won’t stay, cut a small slit in the curve and hook the slit over the edge of the glass. Enjoy!

 Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete this recipe. If you don’t have these already, you can click on the photo and purchase it on Amazon.

  • Chefs Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Colander
  • Medium Pot
  • Whisk
  • Mixing Bowl – Small
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

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Recipe:

Shrimp Cocktail

Difficulty: Easy

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

  • ½ LB Shrimp, frozen or fresh
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1-3 Tablespoons Spicy or Mild Horseradish
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 teaspoons Worcester Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • Dash of Hot Sauce (optional)

Directions:

Defrost your shrimp under cold, running water. Then peel them, leaving the tail and one segment of the shell on. See How to Get Perfectly Cooked Shrimp Every Time for more details on peeling and cooking shrimp.

In a medium pot, cover the shrimp in cold water and then turn the heat to high. You can throw in a bay leaf, half a lemon, and some peppercorns if you’d like to add a little extra flavor but it will be fine either way.

Watch closely, as soon as the first bubble of a boil appears, your shrimp will be perfectly cooked.

Strain the shrimp and run cold water over them or plunge them into an ice bath till quite cold, then pat them dry. Keep the shrimp cold until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, mix together the ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, salt and Worcestershire sauce adding a dash of your favorite hot sauce if you like it spicy.

Taste the sauce and adjust with more ingredients as needed.

Serve the sauce in a bowl or cocktail glass with the shrimp hanging over the edge. If the shrimp won’t stay, cut a small slit in the curve and hook the slit over the edge of the glass. Enjoy!

Tools You'll Need

 Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete this recipe. If you don’t have these already, you can click on the photo and purchase it on Amazon.

  • Chefs Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Colander
  • Medium Pot
  • Whisk
  • Mixing Bowl – Small
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

We keep Cleaver Cooking in business through affiliate links that you see here and we get a small percentage when you purchase an item through our links.
We do our best to recommend quality products but please note that not all products have been tested and we can’t guarantee your satisfaction.
If you already own similar items feel free to use those tools instead.

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Shrimp Cocktail 6 Servings ½ LB Shrimp, frozen or fresh 1 Cup Ketchup 1-3 Tablespoons Spicy or Mild Horseradish 1 Lemon 2 teaspoons Worcester Sauce 1 teaspoon of Salt Dash of Hot Sauce (optional)
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