Classic Elegance: Shrimp Cocktail


Savor the timeless taste of our Classic Elegance: Shrimp Cocktail, a dish that epitomizes sophistication and simplicity. This appetizer features succulent, chilled shrimp served with a zesty, tangy cocktail sauce. It's a perfect starter for any dinner party, offering a refreshing and elegant way to begin a meal.

Classic Elegance: Shrimp Cocktail

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes
  • Chilling Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yields 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 5 shrimps with sauce

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 150 kcal
  • Total Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 115mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 25g


  • Large shrimp, peeled and deveined - 30
  • Lemon, halved - 1
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • For the Cocktail Sauce:
  • Ketchup - 1 cup
  • Prepared horseradish - 2 tablespoons
  • Worcestershire sauce - 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon
  • Hot sauce (optional) - to taste
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped - for garnish
  • Lemon slices - for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Fill a large pot with water, add the lemon halves and bay leaves. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they are pink and opaque.
  3. Drain the shrimp and immediately plunge them into ice water to stop the cooking process.
  4. Once cooled, drain and refrigerate the shrimp for 1 hour.
  5. Prepare the Cocktail Sauce: In a bowl, combine ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and hot sauce (if using). Mix well.
  6. To serve, arrange the chilled shrimp on a platter with the cocktail sauce in the center.
  7. Garnish the platter with fresh parsley and lemon slices.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure not to overcook the shrimp to keep them tender and juicy.
  • For an extra kick, adjust the horseradish and hot sauce to your liking.
  • Serve the shrimp cocktail in individual glasses for an elegant presentation.
  • Pair with a crisp white wine or champagne for a complete experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use frozen shrimp?

Yes, just ensure they are thawed completely before cooking.

How long can I store the shrimp cocktail?

Keep in the refrigerator and consume within 24 hours for the best quality.

Can I make the cocktail sauce ahead of time?

Yes, it can be prepared a day in advance and refrigerated.

Your Classic Elegance: Shrimp Cocktail is ready to dazzle your guests with its sublime flavor and presentation. This dish is a celebration of simplicity and elegance, sure to set the tone for a memorable dining experience. Enjoy the refreshing taste of the sea and the zesty cocktail sauce, and let each bite take you on a delightful culinary journey!