Love shrimp cocktail? Our recipe for easy shrimp cocktail has a wonderful and simple cocktail sauce that’s loaded with flavor!

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Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

The bright flavors of shrimp cocktail sauce is the one of the keys to making a simple shrimp cocktail appetizer better than the rest. Sure, you definitely need to start with super fresh shrimp but the sauce is always a super important component to this elegant appetizer. It’s always about the sauce and our shrimp cocktail sauce recipe is zesty, tangy and bright. The flavors of fresh lemon juice, horseradish, celery salt and other spices really gives great balance and flavor to the delicately poached shrimp. This cocktail sauce is a great dip for all types of seafood, included king crab and lobster.

Drinks to Pair with this appetizer

The sweet shrimp and delicate seafoods are wonderful in this cocktail sauce and pairs perfectly with your favorite white wine. In fact, there’s so many white wine options that people often forget to drink more Rose and Champagne! Yes, there’s so many white wines that accompany the tender shrimp and zesty sauce. And if you’re not a wine drinker, beer and sake pairs wonderful too! Make a big platter and share it with friends on a warm day when you’re having an outdoor dinner party. It’s a great appetizer to start the party without getting everyone too full. A beautiful presentation of this shrimp appetizer isn’t just elegant, it’s also super delicious!

Watch how to make our Awesome Shrimp Cocktail Recipe:

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Shrimp Cocktail

Feel free to adjust the recipe to taste. To make it more spicy, add more horseradish or throw in a little hot sauce. 
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  • 1 pound (454 g) cooked shrimp , deveined and shells removed
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) garlic powder
  • black pepper to taste
  • fresh lemon slices
  • 1 (1) small cucumber , sliced (optional)
  • fresh herbs for garnish (optional)


  • In medium bowl, combine ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, fresh lemon juice, celery seeds, garlic powder and black pepper. Stir and combine well.
  • If you’re starting with raw shrimp, you can poach the shrimp by adding raw shrimp to a pot of boiling water. Cook the shrimp for about 2-3 minutes or until shrimp turns pink and it’s cooked through. Transfer the cooked shrimp to a large bowl of ice water and keep the shrimp there until it’s fully chilled. Drain the shrimp before serving.
  • Serve with cooked shrimp and slices of fresh lemon and cucumbers. Garnish with fresh herbs.


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 100kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 190mg, Sodium: 782mg, Potassium: 131mg, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 105IU, Vitamin C: 4.5mg, Calcium: 113mg, Iron: 1.8mg

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