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Marinated Cocktail Shrimp


This is an easy and excellent way to spice up cooked shrimp you buy at the seafood counter or freezer.

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  • 1 lb frozen tail-on cooked shrimp (about 30-38 or bigger)
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt, to taste (such as Johnny's or Lawry's)
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried ancho chile powder or 1/4 teaspoon other chili powder, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon seafood cocktail sauce
  • seafood cocktail sauce, your favorite kind, for dipping


Servings 8
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 15mins


Step 1

Place the frozen shrimp in a colander in the sink, and run hot water over them while stirring occasionally until they separate and begin to thaw, about 1 minute.

Set aside to drain for another 5 minutes or so until they're thawed yet still chilled in the middles, then place them in a large bowl.

To the bowl add the sherry, lime juice, seasoning salt, black pepper, ancho powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cocktail sauce, and stir well to coat; set aside for another 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.

You can put them in a container in the fridge for later, if need be, or into a container for taking to a picnic or potluck.

Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce for dipping.

Note: you can, of course, use the marinade on thawed cooked shrimp - just toss them well in the marinade and let sit for at least 10 minutes.


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