Finely diced or puréed cooked shrimp mixed with seasoned butter, then placed in small pots covered with additional melted butter and refrigerated. Potted shrimp is usually spread on toast and served as an hors d'oeuvre. See also pot v.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.