Chef John's Shrimp Cocktail
Ingredients50 m servings 306
- Stir water, onion, lemon, garlic, tarragon, seafood seasoning, peppercorns, and bay leaf together in a large pot; bring to a simmer and cook until flavors blend, about 15 minutes.
- Whisk ketchup, chili sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt together in a bowl; refrigerate until chilled, at least 15 minutes.
- Bring poaching liquid to a rapid boil. Cook the shrimp in the boiling liquid until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, about 5 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a bowl of ice water and immerse in ice water until cold; drain. Arrange cold shrimp on a platter and serve with chilled sauce.
Per Serving: 306 calories; 4.3 18.9 47.7 345 1415 Full nutrition
ReviewsRead all reviews 59
This was a fantastic way to season up shrimp. I've never done this before and now I will always season like this. Perfect flavor and the recipe was right on.
This is exactly like you would expect from a high end seafood restaurant. I know, I worked in one for many years and this is EXACTLY like we would serve our customers! The cocktail sauce is s...
Thank you so much! Only way I will prepare shrimp cocktail from now on! Only change I made was adding a little dried tarragon instead of fresh. I didn't have fresh. The shrimp were cooked per...
I made it exactly as directed to see if it was worth the "trouble." When cooking the shrimp, make it easy on yourself. 5 minutes is perfect and don't measure anything. That's what I did. I also ...
I've always bought shrimp chilled and cooked. Never again! I made these for Thanksgiving appetizers and guests raved over them. Lot's of "these are the best shrimp I've ever eaten!" I bought f...
This IS the best way to prep shrimp fpr simple shrimp coctail. Whole family loved it. Even my dauaghter-in-law said it was the best she ever had!!
This was fantastic! I have made shrimp cocktail a few times but it was missing "something". This recipe hit the nail on the head for us and was most like what you order in a restaurant. Only c...
Made these for Christmas Eve. Forgot to rate. The boiling broth makes this a HUGE success. Bravo Chef John. Happy to know the secret to fresh and tasty shrimp cocktail.