Shrimp Cocktail Recipe


Immerse yourself in the exquisite simplicity of our Shrimp Cocktail recipe—an iconic appetizer that transcends time and elevates any occasion. This culinary masterpiece transforms succulent shrimp into a showcase of elegance, pairing the delicate sweetness of the seafood with the bold tanginess of a zesty cocktail sauce. From the first dip to the last bite, experience the symphony of flavors and textures that make this classic dish a perennial favorite.

Begin with plump, succulent shrimp—your culinary canvas. Peeled, deveined, and poached to perfection, these gems of the sea take center stage in a presentation that promises a journey of taste and texture.

 Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 0.15 kcal


  • Saucepan
  • Slotted spoon
  • Ice bath or bowl
  • Chilled serving glasses or bowls
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk


  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined (with tails on for presentation)
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • Ice for serving

For the Cocktail Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the Shrimp:

  • In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and the sliced lemon to the boiling water.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer, then add the peeled and deveined shrimp. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink and opaque.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked shrimp to an ice bath or a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

Make the Cocktail Sauce:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, fresh lemon juice, hot sauce (if using), salt, and pepper.
  • Whisk the ingredients together until well combined. Adjust the horseradish and hot sauce to your desired level of heat.

Chill the Cocktail Sauce:

  • Refrigerate the cocktail sauce for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the sauce to chill.

Serve the Shrimp Cocktail:

  • Drain the chilled shrimp from the ice bath and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • Arrange a bed of ice in serving glasses or bowls. Place the cooked shrimp on top of the ice for an elegant presentation.

Present with Cocktail Sauce:

  • Serve the chilled cocktail sauce alongside the shrimp in individual dishes or small bowls.
  • Optionally, garnish the serving glasses with additional lemon slices for a fresh touch.


  • Dip the chilled shrimp into the zesty cocktail sauce, savoring the freshness and flavors of this classic appetizer.


For added flavor, consider including a bay leaf or a pinch of Old Bay seasoning in the boiling water when cooking the shrimp.
Keyword Cocktail, Quick & Easy, Quick Meal, Shrimp Cocktail
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