Appetizers/ Seafood Recipes

Shrimp Cocktail with Vodka Sauce

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Shrimp Cocktail with Vodka Sauce is made with poached shrimp, served chilled in individual glasses with a spicy vodka cocktail sauce.  A great appetizer, this shrimp cocktail is quick and easy to make and will impress your guests!

 

 

My husband’s favorite thing about going to cocktail parties is that they almost always include a shrimp cocktail appetizer.  A platter of giant, plump shrimp just waiting to be dunked into a powerful cocktail sauce.

But why do we have to wait for an invite to a party to enjoy this fancy appetizer?  You can make this simple and easy shrimp cocktail with vodka sauce at home any time.

Or if you plan an intimate soiree dinner party, this makes the perfect little appetizer to serve!

 

How To Make Shrimp Cocktail: 

Shrimps are simply poached in boiling water for a few minutes, then drained and chilled before serving.

 Shrimps are best served with a mild or spicy cocktail sauce.  This vodka cocktail sauce is made with only 5 ingredients: ketchup, horseradish, vodka, salt and pepper and lemon juice.

 Simple and super easy!

 

Can Shrimp Cocktail with Vodka Sauce Be Made Ahead?

Yes, you can make this shrimp cocktail with vodka sauce one day ahead and chilled  it in your refrigerator in a sealed container.

 

Shrimp Cocktail with Vodka Sauce by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

Cook’s Notes and Tips:

Keep in mind, you don’t even have to cook the shrimp yourself  if you don’t want to.

You can buy precooked shrimp at your local fish market or at Whole Foods.  But most likely, you are buying frozen shrimp.

When you boil the shrimp yourself,  it will taste and smell much better than frozen shrimp.  Also,  it will not be soggy.

We prefer large size shrimps. and I prefer the ones that are already cleaned and ready to go.  They cost a little more, but are well worth in order to save some time by not having to clean and devein them.

When you buy shrimps already peeled and cleaned,  they only need a good rinse in cold water for a few minutes before you poach them.

Here, I purchased the larger ones to please my husband.  I didn’t mind, since he offered to clean them for me. 🙂

 

 

 

This vodka cocktail sauce is spicy, fresh tasting and delicious.

This is an easy vodka sauce for any shrimp cocktail.  A quick stir to blend ketchup, vodka, horseradish, and seasonings and a touch of lemon juice.

The amount of  horseradish to use depends on your taste, and how hot and spicy you like your cocktail sauce to turn out.   You can play with the ingredients and make adjustments to the amount of spices as your taste prefers.

 

How to Serve Shrimp Cocktail: 

If you are planning to serve shrimp cocktail for a large crowd.  Then it’s best to serve it in a large platter, spoon the vodka sauce in to a glass and place it in the center of the platter, or nearby.

Or for a small soiree, you can serve the shrimps in individual glasses, adding a dollop of vodka sauce in each glass and dressing each glass with slices of  lemon or lime, and some fresh chives as garnish.

Best served with a wedge of lemon.

Shrimp Cocktail with Vodka Sauce served in individual glasses will always make a beautiful presentation for a dinner party.

 

 

You may even enjoy our Shrimp Cocktail with Jalapeno Peppers.  It’s a favorite at gatherings too!

Enjoy!!

 

*Follow along below with our directions, or jump down to the bottom of this post for our full recipe card.

Ingredients for Shrimp Cocktail with Vodka Sauce:

  • 24 jumbo shrimp (about 2 pounds)

  • 5 cups boiling water

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 lemon- juiced

  • 3 limes – thinly sliced for garnish

  • fresh chive sprigs, for garnish

  • lemon wedges, for serving

Directions To Make the Shrimps:

Peel and devein the shrimp.  Leave the tails on, but discard the shells.
In a medium size pot filled with water, bring to a boil, and add the lemon juice and salt.

Slowly transfer the shrimp into the boiling water.  Turn off heat, cover and let stand for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until the shrimp are firm and pink.  Drain the shrimp.

Add shrimp into a bowl of ice water filled with ice cubes to cool the shrimp for about 2 minutes.

 

 

Then drain the shrimp again, this time allowing to drain well.

Use 4-ounce serving glasses, or small martini glasses.  Fill each glass with 2 tablespoons or more with vodka-cocktail sauce (see below for recipe).

 

Arrange shrimp around the rim of each glass, alternating with lime slices and shrimp.

 

 

Garnish with 2 sprigs of chives in the center.  Transfer to a serving tray.
Refrigerate, and serve shrimp cocktail chilled on individual plates with a lemon wedge on the side.

 

 

                                                             Serves 6 – with 4 shrimps per glass

 

Ingredients for Vodka Cocktail Sauce:

  • 2 cups of ketchup

  • 2  to 3 Tbsp. Vodka, or more

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. horseradish

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients together.  Taste and adjust the heat by adding more horseradish to your liking.
Refrigerate the sauce until ready to serve.

Here’s a kitchen tip:
If you are short for time and cannot make the Vodka Cocktail Sauce, buy a jar of extra-hot cocktail sauce and mix equal parts with ketchup and blend some Vodka and lemon juice.  Taste the sauce for its pungent, and add more or less to your preference.

Cocktail Sauce Adapted: by Grey Goose Vodka Recipe book

 

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Shrimp Cocktail with Vodka Sauce
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Serves: 6
 
Shrimp Cocktail with Vodka Sauce ~ are poached shrimp, served chilled with a spicy vodka cocktail sauce. Easy, delicious and makes an elegant presentation!
Ingredients
  • 24 jumbo shrimp (about 2 pounds)
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ lemon- juiced
  • 3 limes - thinly sliced for garnish
  • fresh chive sprigs, for garnish
  • lemon wedges, for serving
For the Vodka Cocktail Sauce:
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. Vodka, or more
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. horseradish
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice!
Instructions
  1. Peel and devein the shrimp. Leave the tails on, but discard the shells. Rinse shrimp under cold water in a colander for a few minutes until the shrimp is completely cleaned.
  2. Fill a medium size pot with water, bring to a boil, and add the lemon juice and salt.
  3. Slowly transfer the shrimp into the boiling water. Turn off heat, cover and let stand for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until the shrimp are firm and pink. Drain the shrimp.
  4. Add shrimp into a bowl of ice water filled with ice cubes to cool the shrimp for about 2 minutes.
  5. Then drain the shrimp again, this time allowing to drain well.
Make the Vodka Cocktail Sauce:
  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Taste and adjust the heat by adding more horseradish to your liking.
  2. Refrigerate the sauce until ready to serve.
Prepare the Individual Glasses:
  1. Use 4-ounce serving glasses, or small martini glasses. Fill each glass with 2 tablespoons or more with vodka-cocktail sauce.
  2. Arrange shrimp around the rim of each glass, alternating with lime slices and shrimp.
  3. Garnish with 2 sprigs of chives in the center. Transfer to a serving tray.
  4. Refrigerate, and serve shrimp cocktail chilled on individual plates with a lemon wedge on the side.
  5. Serves 6 - (with 4 shrimps per glass)
Notes
If you are short for time and cannot make the Vodka Cocktail Sauce, buy a jar of extra-hot cocktail sauce and mix equal parts with ketchup and blend some Vodka and lemon juice. Taste the sauce for its pungent, and add more or less to your preference.

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 28, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    My son used to work in a seafood restaurant and we loved to go visit (bother) him and eat our weight in shrimp. These are absolutely beautiful! Love cocktail sauce too – this will be a perfect snack while watching the Oscars 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      March 1, 2014 at 3:56 am

      Thanks Tricia! You too have a wonderful weekend! xxoo

  • Reply
    michaelswoodcraft
    February 28, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Your steamed shrimp look delicious, nothing better than steamed shrimp and cold beer! 🙂

    • Reply
      annaliz
      March 1, 2014 at 3:58 am

      Yes we agree ! and oysters too!

  • Reply
    Brooks Walker
    March 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I align with your husband's preference for the extra-large shrimp. But what intrigues me beyond the gorgeous presentation, is the measure of vodka in the cocktail sauce—it makes perfect sense! Pinning this for sure, and I thank you for the introduction and the lovely comment over at my place.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      March 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks for pinning this one Brook! It is a pleasure to meeting you as well!

  • Reply
    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    March 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    These are gorgeous! You can never have to many shrimp for shrimp cocktail. And for appetizers they are always the first to disappear. This is making me hungry!

  • Reply
    Joanne
    March 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I love that you served these all fancy-like as if you WERE in a restaurant!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      March 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you Joanne, I am trying to jazz them up once in a while, otherwise they are always the same- right?

  • Reply
    Barbara Bakes
    February 26, 2017 at 2:32 am

    What gorgeous shrimp. I have a son who would go crazy for these.

    • Reply
      annaliz
      February 26, 2017 at 2:48 am

      Thank you Barbara! My son loves them too! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 27, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Wonderful shrimp cocktails! I love eating them, just don't like cooking, shelling and deveining them 🙂 It is worth the effort to have really tasty shrimp, though!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      February 27, 2017 at 2:31 am

      So true Sue, thank you for the lovely comment. Have a great week!

  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    December 3, 2019 at 8:00 am

    I would probably enjoy the same parties that your husband does, and for the same reason: I love shrimp cocktail. I had no idea you could make it with vodka! I’ll bet it’s fantastic.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      December 4, 2019 at 3:52 am

      Thank you Jeff! Homemade always tastes best! 🙂

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