This Shrimp Cocktail recipe is so easy to make, full of flavor & results in juicy, tender, perfectly plump shrimp every single time! Serve them in martini glasses or as a shrimp platter with a creamy remoulade sauce for a delicious duo that everyone loves!Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.
Prepare Shrimp: Remove shells from shrimp, leaving tails intact and devein. Set shells aside (do not discard!) Place shrimp in a large non-reactive mixing bowl and add 1 teaspoon of the salt along with all of the baking soda. Toss to evenly coat. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes- 1 hour.
Meanwhile, make the Poaching Liquid: In a medium pot combine – water, beer, celery, onion, garlic, ginger, parsley, lemon juice, remaining 2 tablespoons of salt and reserved shrimp shells. Bring contents to a simmer over high heat. Immediately reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes. Strain liquid through a fine-mesh colander and discard solids. Immediately return broth back to pot and adjust heat to medium. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set out two large zip-closure bags. Set aside.
Poach the shrimp: Add the shrimp to the poaching liquid (do NOT rinse them prior). Poach until shrimp are just cooked through, stirring occasionally. Depending on size of shrimp, this will take anywhere from 1-5 minutes, depending on the size. TIP: Shrimp are perfectly cooked when they form a "C" shape and are pink in color with some bright red accents. If shrimp are still translucent, they're not done cooking.Tips: If you have a thermometer, you want your poaching liquid to stay between 170-180 degrees F.
Shock the shrimp: Use a slotted spoon to transfer shrimp to Ziploc bags, dividing them in between the two as to not overcrowd bags. Immediately seal bags, removing as much air as possible, and submerge bags in the ice water (use a plate to weigh bag down if necessary). Transfer bowl to the refrigerator and allow to chill for at least 30 minutes.
Serve shrimp cocktail with remoulade sauce and lemon wedges.
Shrimp: I recommend you use at least jumbo shrimp (16/20s) for this recipe. However, you can use any shrimp you would like. Be sure to keep a careful eye if you using small shrimp as they cook fast!!
Beer: I used Shock Top because I like the slight citrus flavor. However, you should use any beer you LIKE to drink! Or, you can substitute a dry white wine!
Remoulade: You can use whatever sauce you like! I personally love this homemade remoulade, but regular cocktail sauce is great too!