Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Total Time:
13 min
10 min
3 min

6 servings

  • 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 pounds large shrimp in the shell (about 30)
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce (recommended: Heinz)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (recommended: Heinz)
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)

Cut the lemon in half and add it to a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the shrimp and cook, uncovered, for only 3 minutes, until the shrimp are just cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl of cool water. When the shrimp are cool enough to handle, peel and devein them. Keep cold until ready to serve.

For the cocktail sauce, combine the chili sauce, ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Serve with the shrimp.

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    Best cocktail sauce ever!
    I halved it for 1/2 Lb shrimp. Perfect as written.
    It tasted pretty good. I only used 2 tablespoons of horseradish and it was still too much.
    what r the greens in with the shrimp
    I have been making this shrimp cocktail sauce for 50 years (was my mom's recipe and I have always gotten rave reviews. There is only one small difference, I use all cocktail sauce instead of ketchup. My husband eats it on crackers when all the shrimp are gone!
    You will never use the jarred stuff again!
    This is delicious. I also add a tablespoon of drained, rinsed, minced capers. It adds a lot of flavor.
    Use this cocktail sauce with Ina's roasted shrimp. The sauce is easy to make and oh so yummy.
    This sauce is the Bomb!!!!!! added a bit more fresh ground horseradish. To the top.
    The cocktail sauce was dead on!! Some of the best I've had in a while....
    I added cilantro to taste and put in mini food processor. It got rave reviews! I didn't have chili sauce so used 1 cup organic ketchup
    Amazingly delicious and so easy to make. I served this shrimp and cocktail sauce for Mother's Day Brunch and it was a tremendous hit. This was another way for me to use some of our fabulous lemons. Thank you, Ina, for another wonderful recipe.
    I registered to say that this recipe is awesome! The cocktail sauce is wonderful. I went according to recipe and it was great. Just had it with fresh shrimp, mmmm!
    Awesome. Had to register just to say this recipe is delicious. LOVED the cocktail sauce and so did others! I put extra lemons in the boiling pot of water, just because I love lemons.
    This cocktail sauce is amazing! I actually roasted the shrimp, like Ina did in one of her other variations of this recipe, and it was soooo yummy! My favorite way to have shrimp cocktail!
    This has to be the best cocktail sauce I've ever had. The basic recipe is perfect for just about everyone. However, I like it a little spicy. Doubled up on the horseradish and it became the perfect cocktail sauce. I will never buy premade sauce again.
    I didn't have chili sauce so I used taco sauce. It tastes delicious. Much better than store bought.
    had a great taste. people wanted more
    This recipe is all about the cocktail sauce! You will never buy pre-made cocktail sauce again. The chili sauce adds depth of flavor, the worchestershire and hot sauce add an additional tasty flavor layer, and the lemon brings out the fresh taste that compliments seafood. I live on the Gulf Coast and this is the only cocktail sauce I use with fresh seafood!
    Really good! (and easy) My husband and I even snack on this when we watch movies at home for date night. Super good! I also heavily upped the horseraddish, but you can alwasy add more if it's not enough for you. The sauce it also good later - I dip triscuts in it too. YUM YUM!
    Classic and Perfect
    I loved this shrimp and cocktail sauce recipe. I love spicy so I added even more horseradish, very tasty and the shrimp comes out perfect by only cooking for 3 min. Love Ina's recipes.
    With Low Country Boil, it's a hit every time.
    Thanks, Ina. I already poached my shrimp but needed a sauce quickly. Did an online search and found this one. It took me about a minute to prepare and it was made from staples that I already had on hand. Family loved it. It is spicy but paired with a mild poached shrimp it was fantastic.
    About the Siracha in the cocktail sauce, I've done the same with mixed results. I did not have Heinz Cocktail sauce either so I mixed the Siracha with Heinz Ketchup to make the same amount of sauce but did not add as much chili sauce as the recipe called for. My mother who is not a very spicy person found the sauce way to spicy, but my husband who eas siracha on everything thought it was excellent. So if you are serving for a crowd I'd suggest following Ina's recipe, but if you are a spicy person, go for it.
     Otherwise, this is my goto way to prepare shrimp for anything that calls for cooked shrimp. So much more flavorful than boiled shrimp and I'd much rather wash a sheet pan than a big pot anyday!
    Hey, thanks Ninoshka1. I was just reading the ingredients in this recipe, & realized I had it all but chili sauce. I too was thinking of using Siracha as a substitute. I figured I would look to see if anyone else used subs, & you were the first turned out great!
    I didn't have Heinz chili sauce so I used sriacha. The cocktail sauce was a hit! Nice and spicy with great flavor!
    This is a very simply recipe and yet soooo delicious and soooo elegant looking! if you like shrimp cocktail, you will LOVE this recipe!!! It's a family favorite and I make often!!! Thanks, Ina!!!
    this is the eastiest way to make shrimp cocktail that i have ever done....
     the cocktail sauce is amazing...
    Great blend of flavors and made fresh! I will never buy store bought cocktail sauce again!
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