Shrimp Cocktail

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Melanie Dueck
Servings 10
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Shrimp Cocktail is a classic party appetizer that needs to be at your next gathering! This party favorite is easy to throw together and can be made in advance. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Shrimp Cocktail


For the Shrimp:

  • 2 pounds medium RAW shrimp peeled, tail on
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt

For the Cocktail Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


For the Shrimp:

  1. Fill a large stock pot with water. Squeeze the lemons into the pot and then drop them in. Add in the onion, bay leaved, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil.

  2. Fill a large bowl with ice and water and set near the stove.

  3. Add half the shrimp to the boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes or until pink and float to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in the ice water. Repeat with remaining shrimp. Drain once cooled and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Cocktail Sauce:

  1. Mix together all the sauce ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For Serving:

  1. Place cocktail sauce in a medium bowl on a large platter and surround it with the shrimp. Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh pa
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 229mg76%
Sodium 1648mg69%
Potassium 175mg5%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 123IU2%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 148mg15%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.