Shrimp cocktail

Shrimp cocktail is one of those traditional appetizer dishes that is often associated with high-end steak and seafood restaurants.  And although it tastes great, it actually isn't that hard to make at home (and it will cost you a lot less money!)
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 cocktails
Calories 161kcal


  • 2 pounds raw shrimp

Cocktail Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • Dash Tabasco Sauce


Cook The Shrimp

  • If the shrimp are frozen, run them under cold water for a few minutes to thaw them out
  • Steam or boil the shrimp for about 5 minutes with the shell on to get the most flavor in the shrimp.  They will turn completely pink when they are done. But don't overcook them or they will end up being pretty tough.
  • Run the shrimp under cold water to prevent them from cooking further.
  • (Optional) If you want to make the shrimp easier to eat, remove the shells leaving the tail on

Homemade Seafood Sauce

  • Combine the ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire, lemon juice and Tabasco in a small bowl.  You can vary the amount of horseradish that you use, based on how spicy you want the dip to be.
  • Serve as a dip with the shrimp on a platter, or as the center of a individual shrimp cocktail servings.


1. Large shrimp (eg. 16 to 26 shrimp per pound) make the best individual shrimp cocktail. Medium sized shrimp (30 to 45 per pound) work well for buffet style serving. But in both cases, you can use smaller ones if you are on a budget.
2. Store-bought already cooked shrimp will also work if you're short of time.  But starting with uncooked shrimp that still have the shell on is the best way to get a really tasty shrimp cocktail.
3. Vary the amount of horseradish based on how spicy you want the cocktail sauce to be. More will make it spicier.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.5g | Protein: 22.9g | Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 184.6mg | Sodium: 492.2mg | Sugar: 8.8g