The thing about people who love shrimp cocktail is that they really. Love. Shrimp. Cocktail. Enough to want to hoard an entire order or fight over the last shrimp. The great news is that you can make an entire batch for yourself at home with an easy poached shrimp recipe and a DIY cocktail sauce. And the best part is, you can tweak the proportions to your liking—more horseradish or less Worcestershire. The world is your oyster! Er, shrimp. Shopping tip: Like with all seafood, please make sure to buy sustainably-fished shrimp. Look for a label on the package or ask at the fish counter.RELATED: 10 Tasty Shrimp Recipes

Dawn Perry


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cocktail SauceStir together all ingredients. Sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use. Serve with shrimp.

  • Easy Poached ShrimpAdd 10 cups water to a large pot. Squeeze lemon halves into water and add to pot with bay leaves, salt, peppercorns, and garlic. Bring to a boil; reduce to a rapid simmer.

  • Using scissors, cut along the back of each shrimp to reveal the vein; rinse under cold water to remove. Do not peel.

  • Add shrimp to water; remove from heat. Let stand until shrimp are opaque and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, immediately transfer shrimp to an ice bath; let cool completely. Peel shrimp, leaving tails intact. Serve with cock- tail sauce and lemon wedges.