How to Make Shrimp Cocktail

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Although shrimp cocktail is a classic recipe. However, we updated this recipe with a homemade sauce that provides a delicious flavor with the acidic sauce, hot pepper sauce and Worcestershire salty sauce. A small amount of salt binds it all together in an ideal seasoning

I still have some great shrimp cocktails in my library. They are usually served as a starters in the stores. Sweet and spicy sauce. very good.

When we want shrimp cocktail at home, it's easy enough to buy some pre-cooked shrimp (you probably don't have time to enjoy an interesting cooking experience) and a jar of cocktail sauce and put it on shrimp to eat it. There is nothing wrong with that. It is delicious and easy.

However, if you want to get a shrimp cocktail in the end, then there is absolutely no problem. The homemade shrimp cocktail is still surprisingly simple.

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First, make your own cocktail sauce. Use the ingredients that you already have at home. Ketchup mixed with radish and a pinch of salt are the basics. Make sure you have a delicious radish sauce. Taste it yourself and make sure you like it. I prefer processed radish, excessive radish sauce, and specifically prepared radish that is sold in the chilled section of the grocery store. Tends to have a stronger and more powerful flavor.

After ketchup, radish, and salt, you can also add a little Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and / or hot sauce (any kind you like to taste).

For a really great shrimp cocktail, you want to use large prawns. I use the number 21-25, which means that there are 21-25 shrimp per pound. Whether it is peeled or not is really unimportant. If it is not peeling, you can either peel it while it is raw or you can cook it and then peel it. Either way, be sure to leave the tail. The shrimp peel is easy to peel out from the outside to get out of the vein, and then there is a cut around the tail. This makes it easy to remove the peel while leaving the tail intact. You want the tail because it makes a great show and works as a shrimp handle when you eat it.

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How to cook shrimp cocktail

You have your raw shrimp. Now you have to cook it. The best way to cook shrimp in a shrimp cocktail is to catch it gently. My favorite way is to bring some salt water to a boil. You can add some aromatics first, such as some lemon juice, lemon wedges, corn, pepper, and a good handful of fresh parsley leaves. These items are optional as you wish. The only thing required is water and salt.

Once the water has reached a boiling point well, remove it completely from the heat and let it boil. Then add shrimp. Place the lid on the pot and let the shrimp cook in the heat that remains in the water. It will take 4-7 minutes. Check at that point. Shrimps are made when they are mysterious pink in color.

The timing depends on the number of shrimp you cook and the amount of water you eat. In a 3 quarters 3/4 full of water, you can add 12 shrimp and they will cook within 4 minutes. If you want to cook more shrimp, use more water and more water.

While shrimp is cooking, fill a large bowl with cold water and lots of ice. Once the shrimp is cooked, remove it from the hot water. Put the shrimp in a bowl of ice water and let it cool completely. After that, you can serve it immediately or spend it and cool for up to 12 hours before applying.

The less dense heat is nice to shrimp. They don't get nervous and turn a lot, but they keep something close to its size and uncooked shape.

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To serve the shrimp cocktail

There are no fixed rules for applying. If you do individual entrees, small plates, wine glasses or martini glasses are the best. Place a quarter cup of cocktail sauce in a bowl or glass, then hang 5-6 shrimps around the glass.

If you are making homemade shrimp to serve many people, you can use a large plate specially designed for this type of thing. Place the ice on the bottom, then the sauce in the middle, and hang the shrimp around the outer edge. If you don't have a dish like this (I don't have), use a shallow serving dish or a regular roasting dish. Place a bowl of cocktail sauce in the middle of the dish. A tissue under it will prevent it from slipping off. Place ice cubes around the cocktail sauce, filling the plate almost upwards. This will make the dish cool and move the cold to the shrimp once it's in place. Then hang the shrimp around the outer edge as before.

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Shrimp Cocktail Easy Recipe

Prep Cook Ready in Serves
10 m 5 m 15 m 4


  • 24 large shrimps (21-25 number per pound, raw shells, wrapped and plain, dissolved)
  • 1/2 teaspoon. salt
  • Half a lemon (optional)
  • 8-10 peppercorns (optional)
  • A handful of fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. horseradish
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon. Lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon. Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon. Hot sauce, such as tabasco (optional)


  1. Fill a large 3/4 pot filled with water.
  2. Add salt.
  3. If you're using lemon, squeeze the lemon juice in the bowl and add peel and meat at once. Add pepper and parsley if in use.
  4. Boil the pot at a high temperature until it boils, then remove it from the heat and let it boil.
  5. Add shrimp. excitement. Place the lid on the pot. Let sit for 4-5 minutes, until the shrimp becomes opaque and pink, in the meantime, prepare an ice bath: in a large bowl, place two cups of ice cubes and fill halfway with cold water.
  6. When the shrimp is cooked, drain the hot liquid and transfer the shrimp (but not the aromatics) to the ice bath. Allow them to sit there for a few minutes so they cool completely down before draining.
  7. Peel the shrimp but leave its tails.
  8. In a medium bowl, combine ketchup, radish, a pinch of salt and lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce, if used. Taste, add more radish if desired.
  9. We divide the sauce between 4 small bowls, wine glasses or martini glasses.
  10. Hang shrimp from the rims. Serve immediately. (See above for alternative service suggestions)


* You can make this using shrimp still frozen. You just need to keep it in hot water (step 6) for a longer period, about 10 minutes.
** Shrimp seasoned twice here: once the shrimp boils and again when it hits the sauce before biting.

Nutritional Facts

Serves 4
Serving size: 6 shrimps and a quarter cup of cocktail sauce
Calories per serving: 188
Total fat 0.8 g
Sodium 971 mg
Total carbohydrates 22.7 g
Protein 23.4 grams
Vitamin A 183.8  g
Vitamin C 31.1 mg
How to Make Shrimp Cocktail How to Make Shrimp Cocktail Reviewed by Admin on January 15, 2020 Rating: 5

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