Marinated Cocktail Shrimp

Total Time
16 mins
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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. :)

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  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.
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5 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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.