Shrimp Cocktail with a spicy kick.
Whether you are planning for a small, socially-spaced gathering or just searching for a way to make any meal feel a little more special, why not serve a classic Shrimp Cocktail with a spicy kick. For the most part, an appetizer such as Shrimp Cocktail is associated with a big steakhouse dinner, but you don’t have to make reservations in order to enjoy my super easy to prepare Spicy Shrimp Cocktail.
Easy to prepare Shrimp
Generally, I like to start with a bag of frozen, large tail-on shrimp that has already been cooked, peeled and deveined. Starting the day before, I remove shrimp from freezer and empty into a bowl. I always keep the bowl covered and refrigerated while the shrimp thaws for approximately 24 hours. Once the shrimp has thawed, I transfer to a colander and rinse, removing any bits and broken shell.
When making this, you can use the entire bag for my Spicy Shrimp Cocktail or you can save a portion of the defrosted and rinsed shrimp in a sealed container in your refrigerator. I like to enjoy any extra shrimp in my lunch salad, on the next day.
Once the shrimp has been rinsed, just pat dry with a towel. Next, you can arrange the shrimp on a platter or individuals bowls if you prefer. Cover and place the arranged shrimp back in the refrigerator to chill.
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The Cocktail Sauce
The cocktail sauce can also be made ahead of time. I believe it taste even better when done that way and so, I usually prepare it the night before. I personally love spicy shrimp cocktail with just a squeeze of lemon for freshness, but I am aware that not everyone is a fan of the heat. In that case, I simply set up a little bowl with ketchup only. Little kids, especially love being able to dip their own shrimp.
You will need:
- 3/4 cup Ketchup
- 3 heaping tbsp. Spicy Horseradish
- Juice from 1/2 Lemon + a few Lemon wedges
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- Tabasco Sauce to taste
- 1 lb. cooked Shrimp, peeled, deveined and rinsed
- a handful of Parsley, chopped
How to make Spicy Shrimp Cocktail
In a small bowl, combine ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Place bowl on platter with chilled cooked Shrimp. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges.
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