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Super easy, flavorful, and fun this Shrimp Cocktail Recipe is a go-to appetizer for any time of the year. Minimal ingredients and time make it the perfect treat.

Overhead of Shrimp Cocktail Recipe on plate with lemons and cocktail sauce.

Around this time of year there are tons and tons of get-togethers! From family and friends to work parties, there is an endless need for dishes that can please a crowd.

One of our favorite foods is seafood! What better than a classic Shrimp Cocktail Recipe, how about one with a twist!

Adding white wine while cooking these gorgeous shrimp really adds a lot of flavor and is sure to please everyone at the party!

With various vegetables, seasonings, and flavors the shrimp are boiled to perfection and served with our homemade cocktail sauce.

This really is a unique recipe that you absolutely do not want to pass up, especially if you are a huge seafood lover like I am. 

We get so many requests for this recipe and living by the ocean makes it easier for us to have access to fresh seafood, so this is one recipe we always bring to gatherings.

Some of our other favorite easy appetizer recipes we have on our site include: Baked Cream Cheese Wonton Cups, Crostini and Bacon Bombs.

Close up of side of plate with shrimp, sauce and llemons.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • With fun and delicious flavors, everything works well together.
  • The addition of wine to this really makes it amazing.
  • You can double this recipe to serve more people.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Dry white wine 
Onion
Carrots
Celery
Garlic
Old bay seasoning
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Pepper
Shrimp
Cocktail sauce for serving
Lemon wedges for serving

Ingredients needed to make a Shrimp Cocktail Recipe.

HOW TO MAKE A SHRIMP COCKTAIL RECIPE:

  1. In a large stockpot, add the wine, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, old bay, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Add water until it is 3/4 of the way up the pot. Stir to combine and bring to a boil, uncovered.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  3. Add the shrimp and stir them into the pot. These only take a couple minutes to cook, you know they are fully cooked when they rise to the top of the water and are a bright white color on the inside, up to 5 minutes.
  4. Strain the mixture and discard the veggies. Serve warm or place in the fridge until cold. Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite dipping sauces like cocktail sauce or aioli. 
Step by step photos on how to make a Shrimp Cocktail Recipe.

WHAT KIND OF WINE IS BEST FOR THIS?

We use a dry white wine for this recipe, so any of your favorites will work. We usually use a chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc.

WHY DO YOU LEAVE THE TAILS ON?

Leaving the tail on is the best practice for a couple of reasons.  First of all, it looks better. 

The presentation is really important because you eat with your eyes first. The tail sort of completes the appearance of the dish. 

It also serves the practical purpose of a handle, giving people something to grab onto when they pick the shrimp up. This is perfect for gatherings.

Unless you are making a dish where the shrimp is cooked into it, we usually leave the tails on for these reasons.

WHAT IS THE BEST SHRIMP FOR SHRIMP COCKTAIL?

We prefer raw, fresh shrimp if we can get it, if not then frozen uncooked peeled and deveined shrimp with the tail on is what we like to use. 

Otherwise, the shrimp that are unpeeled but easy to peel is preferred for this recipe. Get what you can, but these are what we like to use.

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce with two shrimp in bowl with cocktail sauce.

HOW TO STORE:

This can be stored in airtight container or ziptop bag  this will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator. I do not recommend freezing already cooked shrimp.

The cocktail sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and will last up to 1-2 weeks.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Use your favorite dry white wine for this recipe.
  • This can be doubled to serve more people.
  • You can use store-bought cocktail sauce or use the recipe linked above.
  • We like to use fresh shrimp, see above on our favorite options.
  • This is great served with lemon wedges and some lemon juice squeezed over the shrimp.
Hand holding up one shrimp dipped in cocktail sauce.

If you want a flavorful and classic appetizer with a twist, then you need to make this Shrimp Cocktail Recipe ASAP!

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Drunken Shrimp Cocktail

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Super easy, flavorful and fun this Shrimp Cocktail Recipe is a go-to appetizer for any time of year. Minimal ingredients and time make it the perfect treat.
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • n a large stockpot, add the wine, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, old bay, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Add water until it is 3/4 of the way up the pot. Stir to combine and bring to a boil, uncovered.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  • Add the shrimp and stir them into the pot. These only take a couple minutes to cook, you know they are fully cooked when they rise to the top of the water and are a bright white color on the inside, up to 5 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture and discard the veggies. Serve warm or place in the fridge until cold. Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite dipping sauces like cocktail sauce or aioli.

Nutrition

Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 1335mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 31156IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 5mg
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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14 Comments

  1. These shrimp look amazing Dana! We just had plain ole shrimp cocktail for Thanksgiving and some scampi the other night. I guess shrimp is on the menu again this week 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe!
    Maria

  2. What a neat snack for a holiday party!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  3. WoW and YuMmY! This is what I am talking about 🙂 Looks delicious and perfect for all your holiday parties. Thank you for linking up to Moonlight and Mason Jars!

  4. I love how you stepped up shrimp cocktail… sounds really delicious.

  5. Hi Dana! I’m stopping in from Let’s Get Real today. My family has shrimp cocktail every Christmas Eve, but we are so boring. We just have plain shrimp. Your druken shrimp is sure to wake up our party this year. It is also a great conversation starter.

  6. This Louisiana girl can appreciate this. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from #LOBS.

  7. Looks like the perfect appetizer for my New Year’s Day party! Thanks! Pinned! Visiting from My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend…..

  8. This looks awesome! I am featuring you tomorrow on Made in a Day! Thanks so much for linking up!

  9. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! I hope we get a chance to try this recipe this weekend 🙂

  10. This looks so great! What changes would I make if I wanted to make peel & eat?

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