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Chef John's Shrimp Cocktail  Recipe
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How to Make Shrimp Cocktail
Take the classic shrimp cocktail to new levels of appetizer excellence. See more
  • READY IN 50 mins

Chef John's Shrimp Cocktail

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"Before I knew much about food or dining out, I knew that if they brought shrimp cocktails to the table as an appetizer, we were eating at a 'fancy' restaurant. I'm sure I enjoyed the shrimp, but what I really loved was dipping the crackers in the spicy, horseradish-spiked cocktail sauce."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins
  • READY IN

    50 mins

Directions

  1. Stir water, onion, lemon, garlic, tarragon, seafood seasoning, peppercorns, and bay leaf together in a large pot; bring to a simmer and cook until flavors blend, about 15 minutes.
  2. Whisk ketchup, chili sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt together in a bowl; refrigerate until chilled, at least 15 minutes.
  3. Bring poaching liquid to a rapid boil. Cook the shrimp in the boiling liquid until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, about 5 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a bowl of ice water and immerse in ice water until cold; drain. Arrange cold shrimp on a platter and serve with chilled sauce.
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Jun 27, 2014

This was a fantastic way to season up shrimp. I've never done this before and now I will always season like this. Perfect flavor and the recipe was right on.

 
Nov 26, 2014

Thank you so much! Only way I will prepare shrimp cocktail from now on! Only change I made was adding a little dried tarragon instead of fresh. I didn't have fresh. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and the sauce is the best ever! So good!

 

10 Ratings

Feb 16, 2015

this was super delicious.. i loved the poaching liquid.. it was something very different than what i'm used to as i normally saute or grill my shrimp.. i used smaller shrimp so it only took 2 minutes to cook.. had to sub dried tarragon for fresh but followed everything else.. we also really liked the cocktail sauce and found it to be like the stuff you get at the restaurants.. the only modification for the cocktail sauce was using Chili Sauce Recipe (on this site) for the chili sauce.. i usually make my cocktail sauce more spicy and pungent, but this was a nice change of pace.. ty for the recipe

 
Dec 27, 2014

This was fantastic! I have made shrimp cocktail a few times but it was missing "something". This recipe hit the nail on the head for us and was most like what you order in a restaurant. Only change made was I did not have the tarragon so I subbed oregano. Perfection!

 
Jan 01, 2015

Excellent and easy recipe. We devoured these New Years Eve. As important as using this great recipe is buying good quality wild caught in the USA shrimp.I personally prefer those from The Gulf of Mexico. They are a little more expensive than farmed and imported but the taste is much much better. All shrimp are not created equal. Thanks Chef John!

 
Nov 25, 2014

used fresh shrimp (and bottled cocktail sauce) - absolutely the best shrimp I've ever had! wouldn't change a thing!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 306 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 345 mg
  • 115%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 47.7 g
  • 95%
  • Sodium
  • 1376 mg
  • 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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