Weeknight Shrimp Cocktail Recipe: Perfect for Summer and Whole30!
Shrimp cocktail is one of those dishes that many people associate with nice restaurants or special occasions but Christi Flaherty's recipe is so quick and easy that you can make it at home any night of the week! Among other things, Christi is a Whole30 Certified Coach and she's tailored this recipe to meet Whole30, or any healthy eating, standards (just make sure you use Whole30 Approved ketchup).
1/4 cup sea salt
2 small lemons (halved)
8 garlic cloves (smashed)
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. mustard seed
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. if dried thyme)
2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
2 lbs. frozen peeled and deveined shrimp
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup of your favorite ketchup
2 Tbsp. horseradish (or to taste)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Bring a 1 gallon pot of water to a boil. Squeeze in the juice of the lemons then carefully drop in the rinds. Add 1/4 cup of sea salt, garlic, herbs and spices to the water.
When the water is boiling rapidly, add the frozen shrimp. Turn the burner off and stir to make sure none of the shrimp stick together.
Once the shrimp are curled into a “C” and are very pink, remove with a mesh strainer or slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water. Let stand in ice water for 2-3 minutes then drain into a colander. Place in fridge while you make the side dishes. If you are making boiled potatoes, use the same water you boiled the shrimp in to make them extra flavorful.
For the Cocktail Sauce
Combine the ingredients and stir well. Taste and add more horseradish or lemon if necessary to get it just the way you like it.
Serving Ideas: For dinner, just serve a big pile of shrimp with cocktail sauce alongside your chosen sides. For a large party, serve the shrimp with the cocktail sauce on a platter. To make it festive for a dinner party, add the cocktail sauce to martini glasses and hang the shrimp around the sides.
This can also be totally made ahead of time. Simply poach the shrimp then chill until ready to serve up to 3 days later. The cocktail sauce will last for at least 7 days.
If you're following a Whole30 plan, make sure your ketchup is Whole30 approved or check out Christi's recipe to make your ownWhole30 Ketchup.
Christi Flaherty is a a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist and a Certified Whole30 Coach. She's been cooking her entire life and worked as a private chef in both Napa Valley and Texas before shifting her focus to combining her culinary expertise with science-based nutrition. Today her Healthy Happy Kitchen Virtual Cooking School is helping people across the country create healthy, flavorful meals. If you want to learn more, head over to her website Healthy Happy Real, and be sure to follow her on Instagram (@healthyhappyrealcf).