Marinated Cocktail Shrimp

Total Time
Prep 16 mins
Cook 0 mins

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. :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. (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.).
  5. Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce for dipping.
  6. 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.


Most Helpful

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.

Katanashrp September 08, 2012

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.

iris5555 July 16, 2007

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.

Chef GreanEyes April 09, 2011

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