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shrimp cocktail ~ my way!

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Debbie Sue
Southwest, FL

My Way! means, the shrimp are wild caught, they are peeled, deveined, and the tails are removed! That's how I like 'em! I think the shrimp have better texture, and more flavor when you cook them yourself. So much better than that shrimp ring you buy at the store!

★★★★★ 1
serves a gathering
method Stove Top

Ingredients For shrimp cocktail ~ my way!

  • 3 to 4 qt
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    old bay seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    coarse ground pepper
  • 3 clove
    garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1 sm
    onion, quartered
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lb
    wild caught shrimp

How To Make shrimp cocktail ~ my way!

  • 1
    In a large pot with water, mix the lemon juice, Old Bay Seasoning, ground black pepper, smashed garlic, bay leaf, and quartered onion. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes or so.
  • 2
    While the seasoned water is simmering, prepare the shrimp. Peel, devein, and I prefer the tails removed. (seems to me, people always leave that last little bit of meat in the tail when eating, it gets wasted)
  • 3
    Bring the seasoned water to a rapid boil. Add the shrimp, and cook for about 3 minutes. They will be nice and pink on the outside, and cooked through. DO NOT OVER COOK, the shrimp will be tough.
  • 4
    When cooking is complete, put the shrimp in a big bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Remove from the ice water, and chill until ready to serve.
  • 5
    Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce. Enjoy, this is a treat!