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Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

This shrimp cocktail recipe takes just 12 minutes to prepare. Simply cut the herbs, cook the shrimp with them, and serve it with a 5-minute sauce.
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy shrimp cocktail, how to make shrimp cocktail, shrimp cocktail, shrimp cocktail recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 8 oz peeled raw shrimp 16 medium, from about 16 oz whole shrimp
  • 2 tbsp Heinz ketchup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 0.5 oz red onion about 1/4 a medium, minced
  • 1 tbsp cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp Tabasco
  • 1 tsp garlic about 1 clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 oz onion about half a medium, cut into thick slices
  • 2 oz celery about a medium stalk, cut into 3-4” segments
  • 1 bay leaf torn in two
  • 1 ice bath 2 cups water, 2 cups ice


  • To prepare the shrimp, start by removing its vein with a toothpick: push the toothpick right through the neck joint, and pull the toothpick upwards to reveal the vein. Pull the vein out, spin the head off, then peel the shell away while leaving its tail on. Repeat with the remaining shrimp (16 medium shrimp in total, 4 for each serving).
    devein shrimp
  • Combine the sauce ingredients: 2 tbsp ketchup, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp parsley, 0.5 oz red onion, 1 tbsp cilantro, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp lime juice, 2 tsp sriracha, 1 tsp Tabasco, 1 tsp garlic, and 1/2 tsp ground pepper. Set aside.
    step 2: prepare the dipping sauce.
  • Boil 2 cups water with 2 oz onion, 2 oz celery, and 1 bay leaf, and have an ice bath nearby. When the water boils, add the shrimp and cook for only 1 minute.
    step 3: Cook the shrimp
  • Scoop them out and drop them in an ice bath to keep them crispy until serving. Add more ice if necessary.
    step 4: shock in an ice bath
  • Serve them with sauce and enjoy. Serving ideas: fill 3/4 martini glasses with ice, place a small dipping bowl in the middle, and hang cooked shrimp around the rim; or, add ice in a large bowl, place a small dipping bowl in the middle, then arrange cooked shrimp around the small bowl.
    step 5: Serve and enjoy


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg