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How to Make a Shrimp Cocktail

Follow my easy, step-by-step tutorial to create succulent, flavorful poached shrimp & you won’t be tempted by ready-made trays ever again!

✅ It cooks in just 10     mins!  ✅ Super flavorful ✅ Easy to prepare     in advance

why you'll love this recipe!


– sprigs of thyme – bay leaves – lemon – chipotle tabasco – deveined shell-on    jumbo shrimp

Mix the Ingredients

In a large saucepan, combine thyme, bay leaves, salt & peppercorns in 3 cups of water.


Squeeze Lemon

Cut the lemon in half & squeeze the juice into the pot of water with aromatics. Throw in the lemon halves into the water as well.


Boil the Mixture

Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then turn off the heat & let it sit for 8-10 mins to infuse the water with aromatics.


Add the Shrimps

Remove the lemon halves, stir in the Tabasco & add the shrimps into the infused water.



Turn the heat to medium & simmer the mixture for 5-8 mins. Do NOT boil the water, or the shrimps will overcook & get rubbery.


Remove the Shell

Once the shrimps are chilled, remove the shells & arrange on a platter, preferably over crushed ice.


Make Cocktail Sauce

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl & refrigerate until ready to serve.