I make tons of Shrimp Cocktail. Why? Because people love it. I love it. If you put a tray of shrimp out, regardless of the quality or flavor, it will be gone. People. Love. Shrimp. Cocktail. But I take issue with this. Water logged, flavorless excuses for shrimp are not how this seafood should be served. Shrimp Cocktail should be meaty, dry, and slightly briny. It should have tons of flavor all on its own. It should not be wet and without flavor like those horrid shrimp rings at the grocery store- those just hurt my soul.
It’s very easy to take Shrimp Cocktail to a whole other level, so why not do it? All it takes is good quality shrimp and one of these two recipes:
The most delicious Shrimp Cocktail recipe, in my opinion, is Alton Brown’s The Shrimp Cocktail. It’s truly fabulous, but it is a lot of work.
A very close second and one that will have both your tastebuds and your guests wanting more, is Ina’s Garten’s Roasted Shrimp Cocktail. It couldn’t be easier- just follow the recipe below and serve up with a great cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.