I keep a couple of bags of pre-cooked cocktail shrimp in the freezer for impromptu gatherings, and here's the method I've come up with to make them into a quick, more flavorful appetizer. Great year round, but I often end up taking it to summer potlucks and picnics. Since folks have asked me for the recipe, I figured I should probably write it up and finally share it here, too. :)
- 1 lb frozen tail-on cooked shrimp (about 30-38 or 41-50 count, not the tiny kind)
- 3 tablespoons dry sherry
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon seasoning salt, to taste (such as Johnny's or Lawry's)
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried ancho chile powder or 1⁄4 teaspoon other chili powder, to taste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon seafood cocktail sauce
- seafood cocktail sauce, your favorite kind, for dipping
- Place the frozen shrimp in a colander in the sink, and run hot water over them while stirring occasionally until they separate and begin to thaw, about 1 minute.
- Set aside to drain for another 5 minutes or so until they're thawed yet still chilled in the middles, then place them in a large bowl.
- To the bowl add the sherry, lime juice, seasoning salt, black pepper, ancho powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cocktail sauce, and stir well to coat; set aside for another 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
- (You can put them in a container in the fridge for later, if need be, or into a container for taking to a picnic or potluck.).
- Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce for dipping.
- Note: you can, of course, use the marinade on thawed cooked shrimp - just toss them well in the marinade and let sit for at least 10 minutes.
I had raw shrimp so I combined everything with some water and boiled the shrimp in the mixture. It took the shrimp cocktail to the next level. Thank you.
I happened to have some thawed shrimp that needed to be used and saw Gayla's photo and knew I had to try it. Just excellent! The marinade adds just the right amount of extra flavor.
Yummy yummy yummy!!! took this to the boyfriends parents house tonite and the 6 year old nephew said it was his favorite part of supper. doubled the whole thing except the salt and waited to see if it needed a little more. used season all for salt and half bottled lime juice and half squeezed lime juice. will add a little more chile powder next time, maybe some anchos instead of anaheims!!! thanks julesong!! PS run the shrimp under cool water and not hot! the hot will cook them.