Shrimp Cocktail with Marie Rose Seafood Sauce is a wonderful refreshing appetizer suitable for any occasion. It is a wonderful tasting recipe and easy too!
This is an easy dish to make, and is always popular, particularly over the holiday season such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can make ahead and keep refrigerated, and it's really easy to assemble.
I love the combination of the juicy shrimp against the crispy iceberg lettuce. This is such a refreshing salad, and when you serve it as a starter or appetizer, it's not so filling that your diners will be too full for the main course.
Is Shrimp Cocktail a vintage recipe?
This Shrimp Cocktail with Marie Rose Seafood Sauce was a very traditional dish, often served at celebration meals as a starter, going back in the 1970's. In those days, shrimp was a real treat as it was often very expensive. So you would often have this served in a small, shallow champagne type class, with the lettuce on the bottom and a small sprinkling of shrimp on the top, followed by a dollop of the marie rose sauce. The serving size would usually be about 4 or 5 spoonfuls and it was finished!
For this recipe, I've been more generous with the serving sizes, but of course, feel free to adjust according to how you are serving these. For example, if you were catering for a buffet party, you could serve mini versions in small glasses so it's easy for everyone to try some, or if you were having a dinner party, perhaps you could serve this in ice cream type serving bowls. Whatever you decide, it will be delicious!
If you wanted to make ahead, you can prepare everything and arrange the salad in the serving bowls and then simply add the sauce just before serving. Cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until you wish to serve and it's that easy!
So let's get right down to how we make this lovely recipe! Please enjoy!
20 x cooked King Shrimp/prawns, peeled and deveined
1/4 Iceberg Lettuce, shredded finely
1 Tomato, diced small or sliced.
Cayenne pepper, to serve
1 - 2 Tablespoons chopped Cilantro / Coriander or flat leaf parsley- Optional for sprinkling on top.
½ lemon, juice only
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
5 tbsp Tomato ketchup
3 drops Tabasco sauce
2 tsp brandy or medium sherry
½ tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tbsp double/heavy cream
4 tbsp mayonnaise
1. In a bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients together and refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.
2. To assemble the cocktails, arrange 2/3 of the lettuce in the bottom of the serving bowls. Then sprinkle some of the diced tomato.
3. Add the shrimp to each of the bowls, then top with the sauce. Sprinkle the tops with a little cayenne pepper.Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
4. Serve with a lemon wedge and a chunk of warm bread.
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- 20 x cooked King Shrimp / prawns, peeled and deveined
- 1/4 Iceberg Lettuce, shredded finely
- 1 Tomato, diced small or sliced
- Cayenne pepper, to serve
- 1 -2 tbsp chopped Cilantro / Coriander or flat leaf parsley- Optional for sprinkling on top.
- ½ lemon, juice only
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 5 tbsp Tomato ketchup
- 3 drops Tabasco sauce
- 2 tsp brandy or medium sherry
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- pinch salt
- 1 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1 tbsp double / heavy cream
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise
- In a bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients together and refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.
- To assemble the cocktails, arrange 2/3 of the lettuce in the bottom of the serving bowls. Then sprinkle some of the diced tomato.
- Add the shrimp to each of the bowls, then top with the sauce. Sprinkle the tops with a little cayenne pepper.Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Serve with a lemon wedge and a chunk of warm bread
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 521mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g