Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail
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Every now and then my little brother shows me what’s what in the kitchen. Usually, his specialty surrounds cocktails and pasta. Last week my brother laid it down when he sent me this recipe.

The funny thing about my family is we are all obsessed with cooking. Growing up my mother always had magazines laying around; Opera, BF Conetsa, and the one and only Martha S. Well, when food blogs made their way into our world forget it! My mother was always typing away and researching the best way to make whatever we were about to have for dinner. This obsession with perfecting the art of cooking rubbed off on her three children as well. I went to culinary school, my sister started a side hustle, baking sourdough bread out of her dorm room her first year of college, and my brother can tell you a recipe for the hottest cocktail without blinking an eye.

I’m a lucky gal to have so many chefs in the kitchen with me. My father also knows his way around in the kitchen but in more of a bachelor kind of way. He taught me how to make a mean hamburger and blueberry muffins were a must every Saturday morning!

Dickerson’s Shrimp Cocktail

Anywho, my mother and Sister said I NEEDED to try my brother’s Shrimp Cocktail. Being a Know It All, I kept putting it off until one day my brother called me and said “what are you waiting for?” and you know what I don’t know why I waited so long. In the last week, we have made these three times! We are completely addicted. They take 5 minutes to make and are so fresh I will NEVER buy one of those store made trays again.

One Day…

I dream of the days when we will gather with our friends. I can see it now, my friends are walking up to my door there’s not a mask in site, they touch the door nob turn it and come inside. No one hand sanitized after touching the doorknob! We have a party INSIDE yes INSIDE andddddd no one was scared of each other. Ahhh that will be a sweet day my friends and you know what? This will definitely be on the menu that day.

shrimp cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

These are perfect for any special occasion or gathering you have been invited to. They are tender, fresh, and completely addicting! I use a large white pasta bowl filled with ice, place the cocktail sauce in the middle, laying the prawns on top of the ice, and add about a dozen slices of lemon, squeezing the lemon over the shrimp before dipping it into the cocktail sauce. Enjoy My Dears!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 4 people depending on what else is being served


  • Pot
  • Strainer
  • Serving bowl


  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar omit if paleo, whole30 or keto
  • 6 lemons
  • 1.5 LBS shrimp uncooked, deveined, SHELL ON
  • ALOT of Ice Like…a lot

Cocktail Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup I use Primal Kitchen (no added sugar)
  • 1 tbsp horseradish
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and peper to taste
  • 1 tbs chilli paste



  • Bring 6 cups of water to a simmer. Add salt and sugar to the pot and bring to a boil. Add 2 lemons squeezing the juice out and adding the whole lemon to the pot.
  • Set a timer for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Make sure you press to start the exact moment you put your shrimp in the water

Cocktail Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
Keyword Fish, gluten free, keto, paleo, Shrimp, whole30

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