May 31, 2010

Easy Shrimp Cocktail

 
I love to prepare luxurious meals to share with friends at home whenever possible because we are able to be ourselves and relax with a couple glasses of great wine without worries of DUI. One of my favorite GO-TO appetizers is jumbo shrimp cocktail accompanied by spicy cocktail sauce. It is one of those dishes that has the WOW factor without much effort on the part of the hostess as I can make it hours in advance.

Instructions for cooking shrimps:
-Clean and de-vein  shrimp but leave the shell on. I usually butterfly the shrimp on the back with a sharp knife.
-Cook in boiling water until shrimps turn red. Don't not overcook, else shrimps will become rather tough. I usually cook until the shell turn red, inside is no longer translucent and wait another 30 seconds. I usually add a couple thick slices of ginger to the water in advance to rid shrimps of fishy smell.
-Prepare a ice bath with lots of ice and place cooked shrimps in there immediately to stop cooking process.
-Peel shell, cover and keep shrimps cool in the fridge.

Instructions for Easy Shrimp Cocktail:
-1/2 Cup of Tomato Ketchup
-1 tablespoon of finely chopped red onion --- It's great added flavor and adds some texture to the sauce.
-1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ---leave some lemon wedges for decor and later use
-1 tablespoon horseradish--- Add more or less depend on preference.I like my sauce with a kick.
-salt and pepper to taste

The proportion is not set in stone, I usually play around until I get the exact flavor I want for the day. Prepare sauce a couple hours in advance to allow flavor development. I think I will prepare this easy and savvy shrimp cocktail today. Happy Memorial Day and wishing everyone enjoy this as much as I do!!!

8 comments:

  1. Oh yes, please! I love shrimp!! Well, all the seafood in general :) And your creation looks really pretty!

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  2. Easy and delicious... the perfect thing for serving at home on a warm evening!
    Have a lovely holiday.

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  3. That looks really good! I'd have to try to make it sometime =D

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  4. Yum, yum, yum. Love shrimp!

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  5. SG, I will print this out for future use. I love shrimp cocktail but never know how to make the sauce. Thanks.

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  6. do you KNOW what i would give to eat some fish???

    :) i told my J, as soon as i give birth, i want my first meal to be fish 'n chips from a local pub here... lol.. seriously it's been a long 7 mo without fish!!!

    :)

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  7. Yumo, I Love shrimp cocktail!!! Looks fabulous!

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