Shrimp Cocktail

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I know what you are probably thinking.

“Do I really need a recipe for shrimp cocktail?”

“I can just buy a pound of already cooked shrimp and a jar of cocktail sauce.”

“Heck I can buy an already made up shrimp cocktail platter!”

“Why do you want me to work?!?!”

Because it tastes better when you do it this way. Trust me. Those rubbery pre-cooked weeks ago shrimp don’t compare to ones you cook on your own.

And it’s crazy easy.

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

4 quarts of water

1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup chili sauce (I used sambal oelek)
4 Tablespoons horseradish
juice of 1 lemon

2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon bay seafood seasoning
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon lemon powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf

2 pounds of uncooked shrimp (I buy the ones that are de-shelled and cleaned, tails on.)

In a large stock pot add the water and all the seasoning spices. Bring to a boil.

While you are waiting for the water to boil, mix together the ketchup, chili sauce, horse radish and lemon and set aside. (Or in the refrigerator if you are making this for a later time.)

Add in the shrimp and cook till the shrimp is opaque and pink, this happens quick, in about 2 minutes.

Dump the pot of water and shrimp into a strainer and immediately take the strainer of shrimp and plunge it into a bowl of ice water. Let the shrimp sit submerged in the bowl of ice water for 2-3 minutes.

Strain the shrimp out and serve immediately or place in a paper towel lined bowl covered in the fridge till you are ready to serve.


Meet Jeff & Heather. The dysfunctional duo that make up the cooking team of He Cooks She Cooks. They have a weakness for feel good, down to earth, amazingly tasty eats that almost always include the addition of beer. From growing their own tomatoes to brewing their own beer, they like to cook from scratch as much as possible. When they aren't feeding their friends they are geeks of the computer kind. They share their home with Bacon the lovebird, the insane kitten duo of Voodoo & Hops, and a motley bunch of friends who won't stop drinking all their good beer. They know what's important. Love. Food. Beer.
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