I’m on a seafood kick this week but can’t help it… there’s nothing more delicious and beautiful to me than this Easy Shrimp Cocktail!
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If you buy your shrimp already peeled, this recipe comes together in just 15 minutes! Shrimp cocktail is perfect for game day, holiday gatherings or any get-together. The best thing is that you can make it ahead of time and show up like a rock star at your next party.
I used my recipe for easy cocktail sauce that you can throw together in just a couple of minutes. If you’re in a serious hurry just use your favorite bottled cocktail sauce… no biggie!
The beautiful simplicity of this recipe is simmering a mixture of Italian parsley, lemon slices, minced garlic, black peppercorns, kosher salt and bay leaves for a few minutes. Then add your shrimp and cook until they’re pink for another few minutes. Rinse the shrimp in cold water, refrigerate and you’re done.
Cheers to easy cooking… enjoy!
- 6 cups water
- 1 small lemon, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 black peppercorns
- 3-4 sprigs fresh Italian parsley
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound medium to large shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails left on)
- Cocktail sauce
- Pour water in a dutch oven or large saucepan. Add lemon slices, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, parsley and kosher salt. Heat over medium high heat to a gentle boil.
- Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes to allow flavors to mingle.
- Add shrimp and cook for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes, or until shrimp are pink and cooked. Remove from heat and place shrimp in a colander. Rinse under cold water.
- Refrigerate shrimp until cold and serve with cocktail sauce.