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Impress your guests with a homemade shrimp cocktail. Learn how to make the best baked shrimp and the tasty cocktail sauce. This is much better than a store-bought shrimp ring.
Like our shrimp ceviche or Pico De Gallo appetizer, this roasted shrimp and cocktail sauce tastes even better the next day after the flavors merge, making this an excellent preparation recipe. Watch the video tutorial below and see how easy this is.
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This recipe was adapted from Ina Garten's Roasted Shrimp Cocktail from one of my favorite cookbooks, Back to Basics.
Shrimp Cocktail Recipe:
Shrimp Cocktail is an appetizer with large cooked shrimp or prawns served with a tasty tomato-based cocktail sauce. It is often packaged in supermarkets as a "shrimp ring" and is generally sold chilled or frozen. This homemade shrimp cocktail takes minutes to prepare and the taste is much better. Roasted shrimp are tastier than boiled shrimp sold in supermarkets and you can't beat a homemade cocktail sauce.
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The shrimp cocktail is impressive enough to serve at your New Year's party, on game day, or when you need to satisfy that fierce craving for shrimp (remember it keeps well in the fridge).
What is the best shrimp for shrimp cocktail?
Extra large shrimp (16-20 counts per pound) look best in a shrimp cocktail ring. It also works very well with large shrimp (18-25 counts per pound). We recommend 2 pounds of shrimp to feed a crowd. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp that are:
- Raw (uncooked)
- Fresh or frozen and thawed (most shrimp are sold frozen)
- Headless (forehead shrimp may become soft)
- Wild (if available)
- Tail-on (for easier serving)
- "EZ peel" or already peeled and deveined (saves time)
- 100% shrimp with no added ingredients
How to bake shrimp in the oven:
Baked Shrimp are just as quick, easy, and easy to use as our Honey Cajun Baked Shrimp or our popular Cheese Stuffed Shrimp. You don't have to flip the shrimp and they are always perfect. There is something about the roasted shrimp that amplifies its sweetness. If you prefer boiled, check out our simple boiled shrimp tutorial.
- Rinse and dry the shrimp paper towels well and place them on a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
- Mix, arrange in a single layer, and bake at 450˚F.
Shrimp Baking Table:
It is important not to over-bake the shrimp, as they will be watery. Take them out when they turn pink and are just done. For even cooking, make sure your shrimp are completely thawed and dry. Also, bake in a fully preheated oven to 450˚F so they bake quickly and don't squeeze.
- Large shrimp 21 to 25 ct, bake 6 to 7 minutes
- 16-20 ct extra large shrimp, baked or 8-10 min.
- Jumbo shrimp 11-15 ct (or U-15), bake 10-11 min
How to make shrimp cocktail sauce:
Shrimp cocktail sauce is easier than you think. Once you taste homemade, you won't want to buy the store-bought sauce again! It really is just a matter of combining ingredients: tomato sauce, a mild chili sauce, prepared horseradish (sold in the refrigerator section of the grocery store), fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch of sauce hot spicy.
Add horseradish sauce and hot sauce to taste depending on how much hot kick you want. Just keep in mind that the sauce softens after refrigeration, so I always make it a little more spicy than I think I need.
Our best shrimp appetizers:
These shrimp appetizers are always the first to disappear at parties and always receive rave reviews. For more appetizer inspiration, explore all of our snack recipes here.
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Shrimp Cocktail Recipe
Preparation time: 22 minutes.
Cook time: 8 minutes.
Total time: 30 minutes
Impress your guests with this homemade shrimp cocktail recipe. Learn how to make the best baked shrimp and flavorful cocktail sauce in just 15 minutes. This is much better than a store-bought shrimp ring.
Skill level: easy
Manufacturing cost: $ varies by shrimp size
Keyword: shrimp cocktail
Calories: 143 kcal
Servings: 10 people as an aperitif
Baked shrimp ingredients:
Shrimp cocktail sauce Ingredients:
Thaw shrimp according to package directions, then rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place shrimp on large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Stir to combine, and then arrange the shrimp in a single layer.
Bake at 450 ° F for 8-10 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and cooked. * As soon as they come out of the oven, test whether the shrimp are ready and then transfer them to a serving plate. If they remain on the hot baking sheet, they may overcook.
Combine all the ingredients of the cocktail sauce, add horseradish and hot sauce to taste (add more if you like the cocktail sauce with a touch of spice and less if you prefer a smooth sauce). Cover and refrigerate the sauce and shrimp for at least an hour or overnight. Serve cold.
* If you use smaller shrimp with 18-25 beads, broil 6–7 min.
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