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Delicious Recipe for Shrimp Cocktail

This delicious recipe for shrimp cocktail adds a flavorful twist to a classic appetizer.

recipe for shrimp cocktail

What's the secret? Tossing the shrimp with some olive oil and seasonings, and roasting it instead of boiling it.

If you really want to get fancy, you can make your own shrimp cocktail sauce to go with it. We'll tell you how.

I made this for a party recently and it practically flew off the plate! Consider the amount of people that you'll be serving to determine how much shrimp you'll need.

How to Make Shrimp Cocktail

You'll Need:

  • 2 pounds of shrimp (you can choose the size, but I personally like 26-30 count)
  • Olive oil (enough to drizzle over shrimp)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Cocktail sauce for dipping (learn how to make your own here)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on.

Spread them on a cookie sheet in a single layer; drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and black pepper. Toss to coat.

Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, or until pink all the way through. Let cool. These can be chilled or served at room temperature.

Recipe for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Feeling a little "saucy"? Try making your own cocktail sauce instead of using that bottled stuff!

This recipe was found in one of Ina Garten's cookbooks (although I'm not sure which one).


  • 1/2 cup Heinz chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup Heinz ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Instructions: Combine all ingredients and mix well. Chill until ready to serve. Serve as a dip with the shrimp.

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