Not your usual Shrimp Cocktail

Cathy Smith


This one is just a bit different but sometimes change is good or at least variety is the spice of life. Now see its a bit strange, I do not like seafood period but the rest of the family does so I make it for them. I have been making this for over 30 years and everybody likes it when I make it so I assume its good!!


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10 Min
10 Min


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  • 32
    shell-on (21 to 25 count) shrimp

  • 1/4 c
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 c
  • 2 c

  • 3 Tbsp
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp
  • 6 Tbsp
    plain yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp
    grated horseradish
  • 3 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 clove
    crushed garlic
  • 3 tsp
    finely chopped parsley
  • ·
    shredded lettuce
  • ·
    lemon wedges
  • ·
    old bay seasoning

How to Make Not your usual Shrimp Cocktail


  1. Using a pair of scissors or a serrated knife, make an incision down the backside of the shrimp, following the intestinal track. Eviscerate shrimp and rinse under cool water leaving shells intact. Place cleaned shrimp into a bowl with brine and refrigerate mixture for 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. For Sauce: Blend together mayonnaise, ketchup, yogurt, worcestershire sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, garlic and 1 1/2 teaspoons of chopped parsley. Place this in the fridge to chill.
  3. Place a baking sheet or broiler pan under oven broiler and preheat for 5 minutes. Remove shrimp from brine and drain thoroughly. Rinse the shrimp under cold water and dry on paper towels.
  4. Place shrimp onto a sizzling sheet pan and return to broiler immediately. After 2 minutes, turn the shrimp with a pair of tongs. Return the shrimp to broiler for 1 minuteor until done. Transfer to a cold cookie sheet. Refrigerate immediately.
  5. To serve fold shrimp into the sauce. Place a small amount of shredded lettuce in a glass or bowl. Place sauce with 8 shrimp in it on each bed of shredded lettuce.
  6. Lightly sprinkle a small amount of old bay over the shrimp (optional) then sprinkle with remaining parsley. Serve each with an additional lemon wedge.
  7. Note: You can use a regular plate. But if you want to dress it up by serving in individual trifle bowls, or you can use a Champagne coupe aka saucer or martini glass. For a dressed up casual thing you could serve it in a wide mouth 1/2 pint canning jar. Just be sure and refrigerate it or keep it cold.

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About Not your usual Shrimp Cocktail

Course/Dish: Seafood Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: UK/Ireland
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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