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Shrimp Cocktail Recipe (VIDEO)

Impress your guests with a homemade Shrimp Cocktail. Learn how to make the best oven-baked shrimp and zesty cocktail sauce. This is so much better than a store-bought shrimp ring.

Just like our Shrimp Ceviche appetizer or Pico De Gallo, this roasted shrimp and cocktail sauce tastes even better the next day after the flavors meld so this is an excellent make-ahead recipe. Watch the video tutorial below and see how easy this is.

Shrimp cocktail recipe with zesty cocktail sauce served on a platter with lemon wedges

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This recipe was adapted from Ina Garten’s Roasted Shrimp Cocktail from one of my favorite cookbooks, Back to Basics.

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe:

Shrimp Cocktail is an appetizer with cooked large shrimp or prawns served with a tomato-based zesty cocktail dipping sauce. It is often packaged in supermarkets as a “shrimp ring” and typically sold refrigerated or frozen. This homemade shrimp cocktail takes minutes to prepare and the flavor is so much better. Roasted shrimp are more flavorful than the boiled shrimp sold in supermarkets and you can’t beat a homemade cocktail sauce.

Shrimp Cocktail is impressive enough to serve at your New Years Party, for game-day, or when you need to satisfy that fierce craving for shrimp (remember it keeps well in the fridge).

Shrimp dipped into shrimp cocktail sauce recipe

What is the Best Shrimp for Shrimp Cocktail?

The extra-large shrimp (16-20 count per pound) look best in a shrimp cocktail ring. It also works great with the large shrimp (18-25 count per pound). We recommend 2 lbs of shrimp to feed a crowd. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp that is:

  • Raw (uncooked)
  • Fresh or frozen and thawed (most shrimp are sold frozen)
  • Headless (head-on shrimp can get mushy)
  • Wild-caught (if available)
  • Tail-on (for easier serving)
  • “EZ peel” or Already peeled and deveined (saves time)
  • 100% shrimp without added ingredients

Close up of peeled and deveined baked shrimp with tail on

How to Bake Shrimp in the Oven:

Baked shrimp is so fast, easy and hands-off life our Baked Honey Cajun Shrimp or our popular Cheesy Stuffed Shrimp. You don’t have to flip the shrimp and they turn out perfect every time. There’s something about roasting shrimp that amplifies their sweetness. If you prefer boiled, check out our easy boiled shrimp tutorial.

  1. Rinse and thoroughly pat dry shrimp paper towels and place them on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
  3. Toss together, arrange in a single layer and bake at 450˚F.

How to bake shrimp on a baking sheet in the oven

Shrimp Baking Chart:

It’s important not to overbake shrimp or they will watery. Take them out when they turn pink and are just cooked through. For even baking, ensure that your shrimp are fully thawed and patted dry. Also, bake in a fully pre-heated oven at 450˚F so they bake up quickly and don’t juice out.

  • Large 21 to 25 ct shrimp, bake 6-7 min
  • Extra-large 16-20 ct shrimp, bake or 8-10 min
  • Jumbo 11-15 ct shrimp (or U-15), bake 10-11 min

Perfectly baked shrimp on serving platter with shrimp cocktail sauce

How to Make Shrimp Cocktail Sauce:

Shrimp cocktail sauce is easier than you think. Once you try homemade, you won’t want the store-bought sauce again! It’s really just a matter of combining ingredients: ketchup, a mild chili sauce, prepared horseradish (sold in the refrigerator section of the grocery store), fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and a dash of hot sauce.

Add the horseradish sauce and hot sauce to taste depending on how much of a spicy kick you like. Just keep in mind the sauce does mellow out after refrigeration so I always make it slightly spicier than I think I need.

Shrimp cocktail sauce process shots with ketchup, chili sauce, horseradish, lemon juice and hot sauce ingredients for shrimp cocktail sauce stirred together

Our Best Shrimp Appetizers:

These shrimp appetizers are always the first to disappear at parties and always get rave reviews. For more appetizer inspiration, explore all of our Appetizer Recipes here.

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Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 22 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Shrimp cocktail with baked shrimp and homemade shrimp cocktail sauce on platter with lemon wedges
Impress your guests with this homemade Shrimp Cocktail Recipe. Learn how to make the best oven-baked shrimp and zesty cocktail sauce in just 15 minutes. This is so much better than a store-bought shrimp ring.
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $ varies by shrimp size
Keyword: shrimp cocktail
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer, Sauce
Calories: 143 kcal
Servings: 10 people as an appetizer


Baked Shrimp Ingredients:

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Ingredients:


  1. Thaw shrimp according to package instructions, then rinse under cold water and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels. Place shrimp on a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle on 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Stir to combine then arrange shrimp in a single layer.

  2. Bake at 450˚F for 8-10 min or until shrimp turn pink and are just cooked through.* As soon as they come out of the oven, test a shrimp for doneness then transfer all shrimp to a serving platter. If they stay on the hot baking sheet, they can get overcooked.

  3. Combine all of the Cocktail Sauce ingredients, adding horseradish and hot sauce to taste (Add more if you love cocktail sauce with a spicy kick and less if you prefer a mild sauce). Cover and refrigerate sauce and shrimp for at least an hour or overnight. Serve chilled.

Recipe Notes

*If using smaller 18-25 count shrimp, roast 6–7 min

Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Cocktail Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 229mg76%
Sodium 1143mg50%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 154IU3%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 142mg14%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Karen Byus
    March 5, 2020

    I Love Shrimp. I love all your recipes. I especially like the nutrition facts, but never a serving size. This information on all your recipes would be really helpful to everyone. Thanks 😊 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 6, 2020

      Thanks for the great feedback, Karen. I hope you love all the recipes that you try. Reply

  • Anne Watson
    February 2, 2020

    Making this for Super Bowl Sunday-absolutely delicious!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 3, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Anne! Thank you for that wonderful review! Reply

  • Nicole
    January 28, 2020

    I made this for New Years Eve and it was the biggest hit. I will never buy it from the store again. In fact going to make this for this Sunday’s Superbowl Thank you so much. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2020

      Isn’t the flavor amazing! Thank you for that wonderful review, Nicole! Reply

  • Joseph
    January 27, 2020

    just a small tip after sauce is to your taste and just before serving squeeze fresh lemon juice on top do not mix in so when shrimp is dipped the lemon juice on top adds a slice lemon bite before the sweeter sauce crosses palate Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 27, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Rose Brittain
    January 23, 2020

    The best shrimp cocktail I’ve ever tasted. Easy to make and sooooo delicious. Thanks. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 23, 2020

      Hi Rose!! Sounds like you found a new favorite! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • Nana
    January 18, 2020

    Hello! I’ve trying your recipes and I love them all. Ty Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2020

      That’s so great! Thank you for sharing that with me, Nana! Reply

  • Yasmin
    December 30, 2019

    love food so i will surely try many of them i also love to cook different food. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 30, 2019

      I hope you enjoy our recipes, Yasmin! Reply

  • Steve Wilcox
    December 28, 2019

    Love your video recipes. The shrimp was great. HOWEVER your lemon tip not so great. I went to try it with my wife and company sitting there and it just exploded out the ending drenching them in lemon juice and lemon seeds. Needless to say they weren’t impressed with the trick. LOL Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 28, 2019

      Oh no! I haven’t had that happen before, Steve! Reply

  • Rachael Yerkes
    December 28, 2019

    perfect for new years eve! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 28, 2019

      It sure is! The flavor is amazing! Reply

  • Krissy Allori
    December 27, 2019

    Yum! This shrimp is so good! I made it for our family gathering and they gobbled it up. Reply

    • Natasha
      December 27, 2019

      You were quick to make it! I’m so happy your family loved the shrimp cocktail recipe. Thanks for sharing that with me! Reply

    • Patricia
      January 1, 2020

      Made this today for my family and wow what a big difference! I even had a small shrimp ring (so we could compare) next to the platter of these shrimp. My husband said you could taste the ocean and the sweetness. It was so easy to prepare. Thank you, we’ll definitely forgo the shrimp ring instead for this! Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 2, 2020

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Patricia! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

        • Victoria
          January 4, 2020

          Too bad we have to see toe nail fungus ads while reading your instructions! Lol. I will try the shrimp cocktail this week for sure. Where is link for the lemon squeezer? Thank you! Reply

          • Natashas Kitchen
            January 5, 2020

            Hi Victoria, We haveour favorite lemon juicer here for you

  • Susan
    December 27, 2019

    Hi Natasha
    Your recipes are awesome!!!
    Thank you for sharing…
    I love your bubbly
    personality… as well.

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2019

      You’re so nice! Thank you, Susan! Reply

  • Katie
    December 27, 2019

    This is always a hit with my family around the holidays! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Katie! Reply

  • Shrimp fan
    December 27, 2019

    Hi Natasha,

    I find it hard to peel shrimp and leave the tail on. Any tips on how to do this? And/or is it ok to just take the tail off?

    George Reply

    • Natasha
      December 27, 2019

      Hi George, it is easier to just remove the tail and you can absolutely do it. The tail is left on for presentation purposes and it serves as a nice handle if you want to serve the shrimp as a finger food/appetizer but you can take the tails off. I pinch the last little section before the tail as I’m removing the shells to keep the tails from coming off. Reply

      • George
        December 27, 2019

        Thanks, Natasha, and excellent video and explanation about why roasting is better than boiling/poaching. Reply

        • Natasha
          December 27, 2019

          You are very welcome! It’s also really easy. I hope you love the shrimp cocktail recipe. Reply

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