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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.

How to Make Shrimp Cocktail


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.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine. I am happy you are visiting today. Food is very important to everyone, and in this family we love to eat all kinds of dishes from meat and chicken to international cuisine, crockpot creations and more. Seafood is something we also love, and I love the fact it is nutritious as well as very tasty.

Everyone knows 'the big three' which are cod, tuna and salmon, but sometimes it is fun to try different types of fish, such as perch, trout, monkfish, or even shellfish like mussels or clams. There are seafood recipes for every season and occasion, those served chilled for a refreshing burst of flavor, and those served hot in stew or soup form.

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