Perfect Shrimp Cocktail

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READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
Recipe by Timothy F.

Where did Shrimp Cocktail come from? I have read that it was invented in Boston, circa 1941 as a What can we get drunk people to eat contest sort of thing. The Cocktail sauce is dated back even earlier, as an accoutrement for oysters. You can buy you shrimp already cooked, but why? This method for cooking it is absolutely foolproof, and delicious Food Porn. I share with you a family keepsake of homemade cocktail sauce (well, almost).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add to a large enough pot double the weight of water you observed when weighing shrimp.
  2. Add all the dry ingredients and place pot on heat. Bring to a boil for 1 minute.
  3. Add shrimp, place lid on pan and immediately remove from heat. Allow shrimp to steep in the "tea" for 12 minutes.
  4. Strain and chill shrimp for 1 hour, removing any large spices and herbs.
  5. Mix sauce ingredients together until smooth.
  6. Place sauce in cocktail glasses and arrange shrimp around the rim, serve.

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