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Shrimp Cocktail

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25 mins
Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 10 mins | Servings: 4 servings


Delight your taste buds with our Classic Shrimp Cocktail recipe. This elegant and refreshing appetizer is a timeless favorite, perfect for special occasions, gatherings, or simply as a treat for yourself. Succulent shrimp are poached to perfection and served with a tangy cocktail sauce that enhances their natural sweetness. With its simple preparation and stunning presentation, our Classic Shrimp Cocktail is sure to impress both seafood enthusiasts and those new to this classic dish. Dive into a culinary experience that embodies elegance and flavor with every delightful bite.


For the shrimp:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt, to taste

For the cocktail sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Fill a large pot with water and add lemon slices, bay leaves, and a pinch of salt. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the shrimp to the boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the shrimp turn pink and opaque. Be careful not to overcook them as they can become tough. Once cooked, remove the shrimp from the water and place them in a bowl of ice water to cool rapidly. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, prepare the cocktail sauce by combining ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce (if desired), salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine. Adjust the seasonings according to your taste preferences.
  4. Arrange the chilled shrimp on a platter or individual serving dishes. Serve the shrimp cocktail with the prepared cocktail sauce on the side.
  5. To enjoy, dip each shrimp into the cocktail sauce and savor the delightful combination of flavors. Feel free to garnish with fresh lemon wedges or parsley for an extra touch of elegance.

Experience the timeless elegance of our Classic Shrimp Cocktail, where succulent shrimp take center stage and are elevated with a zesty cocktail sauce. With its tantalizing flavors and stunning presentation, this appetizer is a true crowd-pleaser that adds a touch of sophistication to any gathering. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply treating yourself to a luxurious appetizer, our Classic Shrimp Cocktail is a guaranteed hit that will leave everyone craving more.

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