Shrimp with Spicy Cocktail Sauce

Yes, yes, of course I understand that our oceans and the creatures in it are loaded with plastic particles that we are ingesting.

I covered the negative impact of those plastic particles on our immunity and our health here: Are humans becoming plastic?

But, beyond the plastics that are destroying our health, I do really LOVE a cool, refreshing, shrimp cocktail.

Sometimes… you just gotta look past all the crazy crap we are doing to the environment, and to ourselves, and give yourself freedom to enjoy life and all it has to offer while you are still here.

For me, that includes shrimp cocktail!

It’s totally delicious and very easy to prepare.

Shrimp literally cooks in mere minutes so you won’t be spending your time slaving over a hot stove.

Purchase raw wild, medium to large shrimp (20-25 pieces per pound).

You can either buy them peeled and deveined, or you can peel and devein them yourself

That all depends on whatever works best with your schedule and budget.

Raw shrimp that are unprocessed (not cleaned) will be your best financial bet, but you’ll have to do a little more work.

You can easily clean shrimp by slicing along the top and then either running them in cold water, or pulling out the vein with your fingers.

Once the shrimp are cleaned, all you need to do is throw them into a pot with salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes. It’s that easy.

While the shrimp is cooking, prepare the cocktail sauce.

Most of the ingredients you probably already have in your refrigerator. Ketchup, lemon, Worcestershire sauce or fish sauce, and horseradish are the main ingredients.

If you don’t have horseradish, you can use grated ginger.

It’ll give the cocktail sauce that pungent spicy kick it needs.

So, whether you are having a social gathering with plastic-filled friends or simply making this dish for yourself and your family, I hope you enjoy it!

Shrimp with Spicy Cocktail Sauce
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Recipe type: appetizer
Cuisine: food is medicine
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 pound wild shrimp (20-25 pieces of shrimp)
  • 1 tbsp. Sea salt
  • ¾ cup of ketchup
  • 2-3 tbsp. prepared horseradish
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce or fish sauce
  • Dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  1. Bring 2 quarts of water, plus 1 heaping tbsp. sea salt, to a boil
  2. Add shrimp and cook 3-4 minutes or until they turn bright pink
  3. Remove shrimp from boiling water and chill inside the refrigerator or in an ice bath
  4. In a mixing bowl, add ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and sea salt.
  5. Combine sauce ingredients and then chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to dunk your shrimp!