Shrimp Cocktail

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Shrimp Cocktail

Though we mainly avoid meat in our everyday diet, we occasionally splurge for some seafood, especially around the holidays. New Year’s Eve and an engagement celebration made a perfect excuse for something special, and this shrimp cocktail was a hit!

We’d never made our own cocktail sauce, and it turned out to be excellent! I found it far superior to any jarred variety I’ve tried. The addition of fresh horseradish gave the sauce nice kick. I also found dipping vegetables in the sauce to be just as satisfying as the shrimp. We’ll definitely add this recipe to our repertoire!


Shrimp Cocktail

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 6 as an appetizer


  • 1 lb shrimp (frozen and cooked, or fresh)
  • 1 cup natural ketchup (sans corn syrup)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Tabasco sauce to taste


  1. Prepare the shrimp: If the shrimp is frozen and cooked, defrost the shrimp by placing it under cold running water until thawed. If the shrimp is fresh, place it in boiling water until pink.
  2. Prepare the sauce: In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup ketchup, 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated horseradish, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar. Add Tabasco sauce to taste.
  3. Arrange sauce and shrimp on a serving dish and enjoy!

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    January 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I just absolutely love love love me some shrimp cocktail! Perfect for a little get together with friends. Thanks for sharing!

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    January 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    What a wonderful way to splurge a little! Beautiful photo too!

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    Couscous & Consciousness
    January 6, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Nothing quite like a shrimp cocktail for a special occasion :-)
    Love the fresh horseradish in this – yum.

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    Medifast Coupon
    January 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Cocktail sauce that is home made is awesome! The tabasco sauce is a great touch! The pictures make it look to good to eat.

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    January 7, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Oh MAN!! check out those dishes! How beautiful! Where did you ever find the green glass?!!!

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      January 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Haha — all thanks to you! :) Thank you so much for letting us borrow your beautiful dishes!

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