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Shrimp Cocktail is a classic appetizer of flavorful, poached shrimp served with a homemade cocktail sauce that is party ready in less than 20 minutes.
I have been enjoying shrimp cocktail for as long as I’ve been alive it seems. It was always the first thing on the list for any family party, and my dad was usually the first one to break into the platter. While my mom almost always made her own homemade cocktail sauce, we usually bought the pre-cooked stuff from the grocery store deli.
Buying pre-cooked definitely seems the easier way to do it, but the stuff you get from the grocery store tends to be rubbery from either over-cooking of an extended refrigeration time and it is sorely lacking in flavor. It can in fact have almost a watery taste if it had been frozen. I promise you that this recipe for poached shrimp is going to be so easy you’ll never buy pre-cooked again!
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious poached shrimp cocktail recipe:
The process of poaching in the liquid is incredibly easy. Simply boil all of the ingredients (except the shrimp) together to create the poaching broth. This liquid will impart a flavor to the meat without being overpowering. While the liquid is boiling you’ll want to prepare a large bowl of ice water.
Add the shrimp to the poaching liquid and cook them just for a couple of minutes. They cook very quickly so it’s important that you watch them closely and don’t walk away. Once they are nice and pink and beginning to curl, transfer them the ice bath. Serve chilled, garnished with minces parsley and with a side of homemade cocktail sauce.
If you’re able to buy raw shrimp from the butcher that’s already been peeled and deveined like we are, do that! However, if it comes with the shell still on, you’ll need to know how to peel and devein it. Never fear, it’s easier than you might think. In fact there’s something weirdly satisfying and primal about it.
Good news! Shrimp Cocktail is actually very low in fat and calories! A single, jumbo sized shrimp has about 14 calories, so one serving is just over 113 calories, making it an excellent choice for snacking. The homemade cocktail sauce has about 56 calories per serving, so overall this is a very healthy choice!
It also has a high level of protein, and key nutrients and antioxidants.
To eat shrimp cocktail with your fingers, pick up a piece of poached shrimp by the tail. Dip in some cocktail sauce then place the shrimp in your mouth and gently squeeze the tail to remove it. Repeat, over and over again. If the tails are removed, place the shrimp on a plate and spoon cocktail sauce over them. Use a seafood fork to devour.
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