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A plate of shrimp cocktail on ice with a bowl of cocktail sauce in the center.

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Classic Shrimp Cocktail – a delicious and easy shrimp cocktail recipe (with cocktail sauce recipe) – the perfect appetizer for any occasion!



Shrimp Cocktail Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 23 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)


  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled/tail-on
  • 23 lemon slices
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 12 teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Combine the Shrimp Cocktail Sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Taste and add any additional horseradish, as desired. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil (leave enough room in the pot to add the shrimp). 
  3. Fill a large mixing bowl with cold water and add ice (this is your ice bath to stop the shrimp from cooking). Set next to the stove.
  4. Add the lemon slices, Old Bay Seasoning and salt to the pot of boiling water. Stir to combine.
  5. Add shrimp and let cook 1-2 minutes or until fully cooked.
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon and place directly into the ice bath. Let cool 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from ice bath and place on a shallow bowl filled with ice.
  8. Serve with Shrimp Cocktail Sauce and lemon wedges. 


  • Make Ahead: Make this appetizer up to 24 hours in advanced.  Put the sauce and shrimp in separate airtight containers and store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
  • Storage:  Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.