Roasted Shrimp Cocktail // Your favorite party appetizer gets a new cooking technique. Try roasting your shrimp extra flavor. Dip into a spicy cocktail sauce.
When I think of shrimp cocktail, I immediately think of my grandmother. Every summer, my mom makes my Nonnie a meal of just chilled seafood – shrimp cocktail, crab cocktail, crab fingers, and lobster tail. With some Jersey corn (sometimes corn pudding) and tomatoes, it is her favorite.
I also worked at a restaurant that served a similar special in August. People went CRAZY for it. I never understood the appeal, I spent a good portion of my life not eating seafood. I totally missed out. When I did start to eat it, I kicked myself that I missed so many amazing meals.
My oldest son really enjoys shrimp, but doesn’t like it cold. (I get it, I don’t really like anything cold myself.) I used to make shrimp this way years ago, and sort of forgot about it until he asked me to make him some shrimp – but hot shrimp.
I love shrimp cocktail, and using Ina Garten’s roasting technique makes us both happy. He likes to eat them when the shrimp comes out of the oven and I need a vehicle for dipping into the best cocktail sauce known to man.
My grandmother is well-known for her cocktail sauce. She used to make buckets of it for all of the parties that she went to each summer. (She had a group of friends that got together every week in the summer months for 40+ years and she never showed up without some shrimp and cocktail sauce.) When I was finding the “recipe” for making this shrimp, I realized that Ina and my grandmother make the same sauce.
You are probably thinking that she got it from Ina, but I can assure you that her recipe has been taped inside her pantry door longer than I’ve been alive. Her secret has always been to use Heinz Chili Sauce.
Tips for the best Shrimp Cocktail //
- U12 to U15 are my favorite for shrimp cocktail. They are really big and look so pretty on a platter.
- You can make these ahead of time, keep in the fridge until serving.
- When you buy your shrimp look for E-Z peels or pay to have them peeled and deveined.
- You can also buy frozen jumbo shrimp, just be sure to buy ones with tails. I think that you need the tail for shrimp cocktail.
My personal favorite to accompany shrimp cocktail – an icy cold beer.