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shrimp cocktail with lemon
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Shrimp Cocktail with Cocktail Sauce

The BEST Shrimp Cocktail Recipe anywhere - made right at home.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail sauce, shrimp cocktail
Servings: 4 people
Author: Marianne


Cocktail Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup about 10 ounces
  • 2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Shrimp Cocktail

  • 1 pound Extra Jumbo shrimp 16 to 20 shrimp per pound
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • One lemon cut in half
  • 10 to 15 stems of parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ large onion
  • 8 cups water
  • large bowl of ice water


  • In a small bowl, stir to combine all ingredients for the Cocktail Sauce. Set aside while making the shrimp cocktail, or make up to a week in advance and store covered in the fridge.
  • In a large pot, combine all ingredients for the Shrimp Cocktail except for the shrimp and the ice.
    Bring the water to a boil.
    Add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon as quickly as possible, placing the cooked shrimp in the bowl of ice water. Let the shrimp rest in the ice bath until they have cooled down.
    Serve with cocktail sauce!