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Classic Shrimp Cocktail from Lemony Thyme

We were completely spoiled last night with the gift of 7lbs. of fresh off the boat Georgia Shrimp for our birthdays.  Two pounds cooked, peeled and ready for Shrimp Cocktail and 5 lbs. to go into the freezer for future Shrimp fests.

Fresh Georgia Shrimp

This tray of shrimp is one glorious site to behold.  The recipe possibilities are immense.  Best stated in the movie Forrest Gump“Shrimp is the fruit of the sea.  You can barbeque it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it.  There’s…shrimp kebabs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried.  There’s pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich…” 

Shrimp for the freezer

We’ve got 5 pounds worth of inspiration in the freezer.  And two pounds worth of Classic Shrimp Cocktail in our bellies.  This is a happy place.

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Classic Shrimp Cocktail {with Cocktail Sauce}
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Serves: 2
For cocktail sauce...
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbl. prepared horseradish, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 dash Worcestershire Sauce
For shrimp cocktail...
  • 1 lb. large fresh shrimp in shells
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
For cocktail sauce...
  1. Combine all ingredients and chill.
For shrimp cocktail...
  1. Combine 2 quarts of water with Old Bay seasoning and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and add shrimp. Allow to cook for about 2 - 3 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink. Drain and cool to room temperature. Peel, leaving tail in tact. Remove vein along curve of shrimp.
To serve...
  1. Place shrimp around edge of glass bowl filled with ice. Serve with cocktail sauce.



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