Shrimp Cocktail

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Elevate Your Festive Menu with this Shrimp Cocktail Recipe!

If you’re seeking easy appetizers that are a delight to prepare and a pleasure to savor, then the Shrimp Cocktail is your new go-to dish.

This classic dish is a wonderful addition to any festive gathering, combining the succulence of oven-baked shrimp with the tangy and spicy flavors of homemade shrimp cocktail sauce, making it a standout among easy appetizers.

The Shrimp Cocktail is not just another addition to the array of seafood appetizers; it’s a festive revelation, bringing a refreshing and zesty twist to the festive menu.

Whether you’re organizing a grand feast or a cozy get-together, this easy and make-ahead recipe is sure to elevate your festive menu and leave your guests asking for more.

So, why wait? Dive into the festive spirit with this unique and delightful concoction!

Close-up view of a shrimp cocktail platter, highlighting the fresh, pink shrimp and the rich, red sauce.

Why is the Shrimp Cocktail a “Must-Try”

Shrimp Cocktails are usually served cold, made with boiled shrimp.

However, this Shrimp Cocktail Recipe brings a refreshing twist with roasted shrimp and cocktail sauce, making it an essential part of your festive appetizers repertoire.

Here’s why you need to try it:

  • Unique Flavor Profile: The blend of baked shrimp ingredients and tangy cocktail sauce creates a distinctive taste, setting it apart from typical seafood appetizers.
  • Festive Appearance: The vibrant colors of the shrimp and sauce add a festive touch, making it visually appealing.
  • Versatile: It’s adaptable and fits every occasion, from Christmas dinners to New Year celebrations.
  • Easy-to-Make: This easy appetizer allows more time to enjoy the festivities.
Overhead shot of a shrimp cocktail platter, showcasing the plump shrimp and accompanying sauce.

Shrimp Cocktail Ingredients

Baked Shrimp Ingredients:

  • Raw Shrimp: The main component of the dish, it brings a succulent and seafood flavor to the cocktail.
  • Olive Oil: Used to coat the shrimp before baking, it adds a rich and savory note to the shrimp.
  • Sea Salt: Enhances the natural flavors of the shrimp.
  • Black Pepper: Adds a mild heat and aromatic quality to the shrimp.
  • Lemon: Provides a zesty and refreshing flavor to the baked shrimp, balancing the richness of the olive oil.

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Ingredients:

  • Ketchup: Serves as the base for the sauce, providing sweetness and tanginess.
  • Mild Chili Sauce: Adds a mild heat and complexity to the sauce.
  • Horseradish: Brings a pungent and spicy kick to the sauce.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds acidity and brightness to balance the richness of the other ingredients.
  • Freshly: It seems like this might be referring to freshly ground black pepper or another fresh ingredient, adding a burst of flavor to the sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Imparts a savory, sweet, and tangy flavor to the sauce.
  • Hot Sauce: Adds heat to the sauce, allowing you to control the spiciness level to your preference.

Each ingredient in both the baked shrimp and the cocktail sauce plays a crucial role in building the flavor profile of the Shrimp Cocktail, making it a delightful and easy appetizer.

A festive shrimp cocktail platter, perfect for holiday gatherings, with a bowl of zesty cocktail sauce at its center

Shrimp Cocktail Instructions

Preparing the Shrimp:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a baking dish, toss raw shrimp with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice to coat them evenly.
  3. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer in the baking dish.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 6-8 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and opaque, turning them halfway through the cooking time.

Preparing the Sauce:

  1. While the shrimp are baking, in a bowl, mix together ketchup, mild chili sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
  2. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preference, adding more hot sauce if you prefer a spicier sauce or more lemon juice for extra tanginess.

Serving:

  1. Once the shrimp are baked, allow them to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Arrange the oven-baked shrimp around the rim of a glass or on a platter.
  3. Serve immediately with the homemade shrimp cocktail sauce on the side, and watch your guests enjoy this festive and easy appetizer.
Baked shrimp in baking pan.

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe Variations

The Shrimp Cocktail is versatile, allowing for exciting twists to suit different preferences:

  • Mexican Shrimp Cocktail: A flavorful blend of Clamato juice, lime, hot sauce, and fresh vegetables.
  • Grilled Shrimp Cocktail: Offers a smoky flavor from grilled shrimp, contrasting with the tangy sauce.
  • Mango Shrimp Cocktail:A refreshing twist with sweet and tropical notes from diced mangoes.
Platter of jumbo shrimp elegantly arranged around a bowl of tangy cocktail sauce.

Make-Ahead Recipe Variation

If you prefer a more relaxed approach to your festive cooking, consider using this make-ahead recipe for your Shrimp Cocktail.

You can prepare the oven-baked shrimp and the homemade cocktail sauce in advance, allowing you to enjoy the festivities without the last-minute rush.

This variation ensures a stress-free and enjoyable experience while maintaining the deliciousness of the dish.

Overhead shot of a shrimp cocktail platter, showcasing the plump shrimp and accompanying sauce.

FAQ Section

How can I ensure the shrimp are not overcooked?

To avoid overcooking, closely monitor the shrimp while baking and look for a pink and opaque appearance. Overcooked shrimp tend to be tough and rubbery, so it’s crucial to cook them just until they are done.

What can I pair with Shrimp Cocktail?

Shrimp Cocktail pairs well with a variety of holiday appetizers, main courses, and desserts, thanks to its refreshing and tangy flavor profile.

Can I use pre-cooked shrimp?

While fresh, raw shrimp is recommended to maintain the flavor and texture, you can use pre-cooked shrimp if you prefer, but it may alter the taste and texture of the dish.

Can I replace the homemade shrimp cocktail sauce with store-bought sauce?

Yes, you can use store-bought sauce for convenience, adjusting the spiciness level to your liking. However, the homemade shrimp cocktail sauce adds a unique and fresh flavor to the dish.

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A vibrant shrimp cocktail platter with succulent shrimp arranged around a bowl of tangy cocktail sauce.
Yield: 10 servings

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Savor the classic elegance of our Shrimp Cocktail! It pairs succulent oven-baked shrimp with a tangy homemade cocktail sauce, creating a symphony of flavors in every bite. It’s the perfect appetizer to elevate any gathering, blending exquisite taste with timeless appeal!

Ingredients

Baked Shrimp Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs (907g) raw shrimp, 16-20 ct, peeled and deveined with tail-on
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp (22ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5g) sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5g) black pepper
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (118ml) ketchup
  • 1/2 cup (118ml) mild chili sauce, we like Heinz
  • 3-4 Tbsp (45-60ml) prepared horseradish
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp (22ml) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp (5ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) hot sauce

Instructions

    Preparing the Shrimp:

    1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. In a baking dish, toss raw shrimp with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice to coat them evenly.
    3. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer in the baking dish.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 6-8 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and opaque, turning them halfway through the cooking time.

    Preparing the Sauce:

    1. While the shrimp are baking, in a bowl, mix together ketchup, mild chili sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
    2. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preference, adding more hot sauce if you prefer a spicier sauce or more lemon juice for extra tanginess.

    Serving:

    1. Once the shrimp are baked, allow them to cool for a few minutes.Arrange the oven-baked shrimp around the rim of a glass or on a platter.
    2. Serve immediately with the homemade shrimp cocktail sauce on the side, and watch your guests enjoy this festive and easy appetizer.

    Nutrition Information

    Yield

    10

    Serving Size

    1

    Amount Per Serving Calories 53Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 3mgSodium 159mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 1g

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