Shrimp Cocktail is a quick, easy and delicious appetizer! I used to just buy precooked shrimp and a jar of cocktail sauce, and called it good. But now, I only ever make my own. This is the best easy shrimp cocktail recipe, and many people are surprised at how surprisingly simple homemade shrimp cocktail sauce is to make.
First, you quickly whip up the cocktail sauce, which uses ingredients that you most likely already have at home. Take ketchup, and add some prepared horseradish, a bit of salt, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and hot sauce if you want a spicy cocktail sauce.
Then, it is time to prepare the shrimp. I like to use large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound). I like to buy deveined and easy peel (the peels give the shrimp so much more flavor, and make the shrimp more tender and juicy). But deveined and peeled shrimp are great also (just make sure they are raw!). You can peel the shrimp before or after they are cooked, but make sure to leave the tail on. I always brine my shrimp before cooking, and this step adds just 20 minutes to the process and imparts tons of flavor. To cook the shrimp, first dry them off as best you can. Then, drizzle with a little olive oil and Old Bay seasoning. To cook, you broil the shrimp for 3 minutes on the first side, flip, and then for two-ish more minute on the other side.
And that's it! Easy Shrimp Cocktail.