A shrimp cocktail has been a popular appetizer in seafood restaurants for generations. This refreshing and spicy concoction is made with fresh shrimp, a red sauce full of spice and flavor, and sometimes other ingredients like lettuce or lemon slices.
Usually served in a glass, this dish is also colorful and attractive. Many of us have fond memories of enjoying this appetizer at our favorite seafood restaurants when we were growing up. In fact, many people would have probably loved to eat nothing but shrimp cocktail when they first discovered it. This classic dish has undergone many makeovers and presentations over the years. You can find a single shrimp balanced on a cracker covered in cocktail sauce or a huge bowl of shrimp circling a dish of sauce.
Get Your Shrimp
Obviously, the shrimp needs to be the star of this dish. Start out with a couple pounds of nice, large shrimp. When you buy the shrimp, you will see numbers assigned to them. The smaller the number, the larger the shrimp. If you get 10/12s, it means it takes 10 to 12 shrimp to make a pound. Likewise, if you get 40/60s, it takes 40 to 60 shrimp to make a pound. Bring them home, keeping them chilled. Clean and devein them. You can broil, boil, or steam your shrimp. Put them on ice as soon as they are done so they stop cooking. Cover them and put them in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Get Your Sauce
Sure, you could use a bottle of cocktail sauce from the store, but why? Cocktail sauce is simple to make, and it will taste much better if you make it yourself from fresh ingredients. Most cocktail sauces are made of ingredients like ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and celery salt. You will also find many variations. Choose one you want and mix it up.
Out of all the dishes you could make, presentation is extremely important with shrimp cocktail. Originally served in a cocktail glass, you can always use one of those, a martini glass or any other clear glass receptacle.
Some people choose to fill the glass with only cocktail sauce and line the edges with the curled shrimp. Others fill the glass with ice to keep the shrimp cool, and then put the sauce in a small dish on top in the center. Still others choose to add lettuce in layers in the glass along with layers of sauce. Sometimes they mix in small bay shrimp as well as giving you the larger shrimp around the rim.
If you are feeding a lot of people, you can arrange the shrimp on a platter with a dish of cocktail sauce or you can fill an iced bowl with the shrimp. If you want to serve the shrimp sparingly, you can put sauce in a shot glass and put a couple shrimp on top so every guest gets one glass. The presentation possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Picture, recipes and/or content upgraded: 01-21-16
Check Out Some of Our Other Hot Content
Leave a Reply
- A New England Girl’s Lobster Roll May 6, 2016
- Homemade Oyster Stew with Cilantro April 22, 2016
- Spaghetti and Clams with Red Sauce April 6, 2016
- Baked Clams Oreganata New England Style April 3, 2016
- Seared Scallops in a Tarragon Cream Sauce March 30, 2016
- Succulent Tempura Fried Crab Legs with Asian Dipping Sauce March 26, 2016
- Southern Fried Oyster Po-Boy Sandwich March 19, 2016
- Broiled Oysters with Parmesan and Romano Cheeses March 16, 2016
- Homemade Salmon Burger with Avocado and Pineapple March 14, 2016
- Rhode Island Clam Fritter Recipe March 9, 2016
- Grilled Steak and Lobster with Creamy Mashed Potatoes March 5, 2016
- Cheddar Cheese Tuna Casserole with Mixed Vegetables February 28, 2016
- Home (81337 Views)
- Authentic British Fish and Chips Recipe (33509 Views)
- Handy Guide to Grilling Lobster Tails (26710 Views)
- Chili Soy Sauce Steamed Fish (22334 Views)
- Cheesy Cajun Shrimp and Grits Bake – Perfect Party Food (21080 Views)
- Fish and Chips (20202 Views)
- Simple Cold Crab Salad (17528 Views)
- Sensational Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce (17450 Views)