Spiced Shrimp Cocktail

by jerseygirl on December 29, 2009 · 16 comments

Shrimp cocktail was one of the appetizers I served on Christmas Eve. In my opinion, you can’t have a holiday without shrimp. This is quick, easy and great to make ahead of time. Of course, every grocery store has a seafood section where you can get a shrimp cocktail ring already premade. But if you want something a little more tasty, try these.

I am wondering about the cocktail part of the shrimp. Is it called shrimp cocktail because you are supposed to drink a cocktail with it? Or does the shrimp need a cocktail too? I wasn’t sure so to cover all bases I decided to add beer to the shrimp and I had a cocktail while eating it. So what is your interpretation of the cocktail part?
This is a good appetizer if you need to make one for New Year’s Eve. As a matter of fact, I might be making it again. They go very well with Bloody Mary’s too.

Spiced Shrimp Cocktail

1 (12 oz) can or bottle of beer
2 TBS Old Bay seasoning
2 TBS butter
1 TBS dried parsley
1 lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined and tail left on
cocktail sauce and lemon wedges for serving

In a large sauce pan , mix beer, Old Bay, butter and parsley. Heat on medium high until boiling. Add shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until pink. Drain and chill. Serve with sauce and lemon wedges.

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HoneyB December 29, 2009 at 8:28 am

Looks and sounds good to me! I love shrimp about anyway you can get it! I'm not sure about the cocktail part…but I would like to think your right! 😉

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Mom on the Run December 29, 2009 at 9:41 am

We served shrimp cocktail at Christmas and it was the first thing to go.

I love the idea of spicing it up.

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The Japanese Redneck December 29, 2009 at 10:10 am

LOL, Lisa. Guess I never thought about it that much. But, now that you ask, I guess it's because they use to always be served hanging on the rim of a cocktail glass with the sauce in the glass.

Yours look great.

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Jhonny walker December 29, 2009 at 11:56 am

Hey Lisa,

I guess I agree with Ramona..but like the fact that you opened up so many possibilities…much more exciting than the obvious!!

Love it..always!!

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That Girl December 29, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I feel like Japanese Redneck might be right on this…either that or it has to do with the "cocktail sauce" it's served with…did that exist first?

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Patsyk December 29, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I love that you gave the shrimp a beer and you had a cocktail while eating them! Sounds like a perfect interpretation to me!

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Donna-FFW December 29, 2009 at 6:47 pm

My hubby makes them almost the same way, delicious!!

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Dawn December 29, 2009 at 7:13 pm

It was served with cocktails I'm sure.
Happy New Year girl!

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Lea Ann December 29, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I love Shrimp Cocktail. I agree, one should always have a cocktail while eating shrimp cocktail, but I thought it was named that because it's served in a cocktail glass, with the shrimp hanging from the side. Usually a big martini glass.

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Amber December 29, 2009 at 11:09 pm

I kind of think the tail of the shrimp is the cocktail part. But I like your version of drinking a cocktail while eating them. I have never tried Old Bay seasoning. Now I must.
The children are too cute with their big smiles. You are so blessed.
Happy New Year and welcome 2010.

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Amber December 29, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Also, 3 of the candy recipes are there. They just came out in black on gray so you can not tell. Highlight, copy and paste if you are interested, they were all good.

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Adam December 30, 2009 at 9:26 am

Happy New Year (soon)! I agree with shrimp cocktail, it's just like a fancy, easy way to celebrate. I need to make this… and bloody marys 🙂

And funny story… I had a patient today that I haven't met before (the other doc is on vacation) and she goes…

"So where from NY or NJ are you from?"

And I never ever brought that up before she said it. I guess we do in fact have accents 🙂

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Allie December 31, 2009 at 11:56 am

Glad to see we aren't the only ones who add seafood to our Christmas meal! Looks tasty and you're making my mouth water.

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Mireya January 4, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I will definitely have to try this shrimp – the only kind I've ever had for shrimp cocktail is store bought already cooked kind!

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Chef Fresco January 7, 2010 at 9:49 pm

We never get holiday shrimp! But I would definitely support the tradition! Looks great.

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme January 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I just love a good shrimp cocktail. Especially when the shrimp are cooked just perfectly and the cocktail sauce is good and cold but spicy. Yum!

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