What Is a Simple Recipe for Shrimp Cocktail Sauce?


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To make a simple shrimp cocktail sauce, whisk together 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons horseradish, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce in a bowl, then transfer sauce into serving bowl. Poach 2 pounds peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp, in boiling water, pan fry them on stovetop or roast in an oven until opaque. Serve hot or cold.

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Alternatively, prepare the poaching liquid by stirring in 12 cups of cold water, 1/4 sliced onion, 1/2 lemon, 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and bruised, 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, 1 tablespoon of seafood seasoning, 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns and 1 bay leaf into a large pot. Simmer and cook for 15 minutes until flavors blend.

To make the sauce, whisk 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup chili sauce, 1/4 cup prepared horseradish, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 3 drops hot sauce, and 1 pinch salt into a bowl. Refrigerate for 15 minutes until chilled.

Bring the poaching liquid to a boil, and cook 2 pounds shell-on deveined jumbo shrimp in the boiling liquid they turn bright pink and the meat isn't visible in the centre. Put the shrimp into a bowl of ice-cold water, immerse into another bowl of ice water until cold, and drain. Place the shrimp on a platter, and serve with chilled sauce.

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