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Ready in minutes and always a crowd pleaser, Classic Shrimp Cocktail is the perfect make-ahead appetizer for your next Mardi Gras or anytime gathering.
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Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Ready in minutes and always a crowd pleaser, Classic Shrimp Cocktail is the perfect make-ahead appetizer for your next Mardi Gras or anytime gathering. It combines succulent boiled shrimp with a spicy tomato-based sauce for the ultimate blending of flavors.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Southern
Servings: 6
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Chula King

Ingredients

Shrimp

  • 2 pounds large head-on shrimp 10 to 15 count or 16 to 20 count
  • 1-½ quarts water
  • 1 onion peeled and cut in half
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Tabasco or hot sauce

Cocktail Sauce

  • 12 ounces bottled chili sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Shrimp: Remove shrimp heads and shells, leaving tails in-tact; devein. Bring water and seasonings to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes to meld the flavors. Return water to a boil. Add shrimp and return to a boil for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse in cold water, and pour into ice water to cool completely. Rinse well with cold water and drain. Pat shrimp dry with paper towel; refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Cocktail Sauce: Combine all ingredients. Season with more horseradish if a hotter sauce is desired. Refrigerate until ready to use. Yield: 1-½ cups
  • To assemble, line a large red wine goblet with romaine lettuce. Place 6 to 8 shrimp around the rim of the glass (depending on the size of the shrimp), with the tails to the outside. Place a slice of lemon on rim of glass. May be made 1 hour before serving up to this point. Pour cocktail sauce on bed of lettuce. Serves 4.
  • For variation, place crushed ice in bottom of glass. Line glass with lettuce and proceed as above.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 381mg | Sodium: 1765mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 21.3mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 3.9mg