Rustic Shrimp Cocktail


Rustic shrimp cocktail sauce

Rustic cocktail sauce

I love shrimp. And, shrimp cocktail is one of the best appetizers you can serve. It’s luxe, but super easy to make; it’s showy, elegant, and delicious.

Rustic Shrimp Cocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Tania Van Pelt


  • 1 ½ pounds wild-caught peeled deveined shrimp, tail segment intact
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Worcestershire
  • Horseradish Bubbies brand is our favorite
  • Hot sauce
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Heat the oven or toaster oven to 500°F.
  2. Put 1 pint tomatoes in a roasting pan; toss with olive oil, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Boil, roast, or grill the shrimp. If using the oven, put the shrimp in a roasting pan with the tomatoes.
  4. Roast, turning the shrimp once, until they’re pink all over, 10-15 minutes.
  5. If grilling, brush grill with oil, and grill shrimp on high heat, turning once, grill until pink all over, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. If boiling the shrimp, add aromatics (whole peppercorns, coriander, dill, bay leaves, lemon halves, salt, pepper) in a large saucepan, bring to a boil over high heat and cook for 5 minutes. Add the shrimp to the boiling water, stir, cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 8-10 minutes, or until shrimp are just cooked through. Drain shrimp in a colander, discard the liquid, and allow to cool.
  7. Mash the tomatoes in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire, horseradish and hot sauce. Season to taste with more horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. If you prefer a smoother consistency, use a blender or processor to blend the cocktail sauce.
  8. Serve shrimp on a plate or glass with the warm cocktail sauce with lemon slices.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Mark Bittman of The New York Times