Shrimp Cocktail

Looking for a delightful appetizer that packs a flavorful punch? Say hello to my Shrimp Cocktail recipe, where classic seafood dipping sauce gets an exciting twist. With a blend of traditional ingredients and Asian-inspired elements like wasabi and Sriracha, this fusion taste is simply irresistible! Get ready to elevate your seafood experience and impress your guests with this delightful seafood appetizer!

Shrimp cocktail served in a cocktail glass with healthy homemade shrimp cocktail sauce in the middle garnished with fresh parsley.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Shrimp Cocktail recipe is a fantastic appetizer that blends classic flavors with a touch of Asian Fusion. The star of the show is the poached shrimp using my fail proof technique, making it a quick and easy dish to prepare! What makes this recipe truly special is the delightful combination of flavors I arranged for the cocktail sauce, tangy ketchup, zesty garlic, spicy Sriracha, and the subtle heat of wasabi come together perfectly!

It’s a great choice for seafood enthusiasts looking to add a flavorful kick to their appetizer. Just like my other crowd-pleasers, such as Smoked Salmon Carpaccio and Dynamite Seafood Shrimp, this dish excels in both taste and presentation. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply indulging yourself, this is a must-try recipe that will have everyone coming back for more!



  • Ketchup – regular ketchup.
  • Garlic– freshly grated garlic.
  • Wasabi – tube of Wasabi Paste. Can sub with grated horseradish.
  • Lemon – fresh lemons.
  • Worcestershire Sauce Worcestershire Sauce packed in a bottle. Found in grocery stores.
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Sriracha – Asian style chill sauce.
  • Shrimp – large peeled shell with tail-on or off.

Ingredients for homemade shrimp cocktail sauces on counter top.


Step 1 Combine ketchup, sweetener, wasabi paste, grated garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and Sriracha in a bowl.

Homemade shrimp cocktail sauce in a bowl.

Step 2 For pairing with fresh shrimp, bring a large pot of water to a boil, then remove from heat.

Boiling water in a pot.

Step 3 Add shrimp and poach for 60-90 seconds, covered, until the shrimp turn pink and are no longer opaque.

Shrimp boiled in pot.

🍲 Cooking Pro Tip

Avoid Overcooking shrimp; once they turn pink, they’re done. Overcooking harms their texture.

Step 4 Transfer the shrimp to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process, then dry and place them in a serving cup. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Shrimp served on cocktail glass.

🍽️ Serving Note

For an impressive presentation, arrange the cooked shrimp around the Rim of a Cocktail Glass, garnish with Parsley if desired, and serve them chilled with the homemade cocktail sauce.

Paring Recommendations

You can add other party appetizers like Sour Cream and Onion Dip, Cream Cheese Garlic Dip, or some Spinach Artichoke Bites. These options will complement your shrimp cocktail and delight your guests with a variety of flavors!

Shrimp cocktail served in a cocktail glass with healthy homemade shrimp cocktail sauce in the middle garnished with fresh parsley, top down shot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cook shrimp from frozen?

For best results, it's advisable to thaw them first. Quickly defrost the shrimp by running them under warm water, ensuring a more even cook when you poach them. This simple step helps you avoid rubbery or unevenly cooked shrimp.

What to pair this homemade cocktail sauce recipe with?

You can pair this homemade cocktail sauce recipe with a variety of seafood dishes, such as poached shrimp, fresh raw oysters, crab, crab cakes, lobster, and even eggs. It also makes a delightful addition to a burger spread.

Is there a substitute for wasabi paste if I don't have it on hand?

If you don't have wasabi paste, you can replace it with grated horseradish for a similar flavor profile.


Shrimp being dipped into a homemade shrimp cocktail sauce.

Storage Tips

To store leftover, place shrimp and sauce in separate airtight containers. Store the shrimp in the refrigerator, where it will stay fresh for 3-5 days. The cocktail sauce can be kept in the fridge for 14-21 days.

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Shrimp cocktail served in a cocktail glass with healthy homemade shrimp cocktail sauce in the middle garnished with fresh parsley.

Shrimp Cocktail

Elevate your seafood experience with my homemade Cocktail recipe, featuring a delightful twist of Asian-inspired flavors for the perfect pairing with your favorite shrimp dishes. Try my inspired Asian Shrimp Cocktail today!
5 from 9 votes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Worldwide
Keyword: Asian shrimp cocktail, healthy shrimp cocktail, homemade cocktail sauce
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4
Print Recipe
Calories: 10kcal


Cocktail Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Wasabi can sub with horseradish
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha


  • 1 lbs Shrimp
  • 5 Cups Water


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for shrimp cocktail sauce.
  • Grate garlic with a grater or garlic press and add it into a mixing bowl.
    Grated garlic.
  • In the same mixing bowl, mix in ketchup, grated garlic, wasabi paste, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, sweetener and sriracha. Transfer sauce into a serving bowl and in fridge until ready to serve.
    Homemade shrimp cocktail sauce in a bowl.
  • Prepare a bowl of cold water as shown below. Note - if you prefer really cold shrimp cocktail, feel free to add in ice.
    Bowl of ice water.
  • Add 5 cups water to a stove top pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, turn off the heat and add in shrimp. Mix the shrimp around, cook for 60-90 seconds until the shrimp is pink and opaque.
    Shrimp boiled in pot.
  • Transfer cooked shrimp into the bowl with cold water, let it rest for 1 minute and then transfer to a serving vessel of choice. Serve with dipping sauce.


Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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