I have already mentioned what a great cook my husband is. He is usually the one I go to when I make a mistake and my dish needs fixing. I don’t even mind his sarcasm because he makes me a better cook. But this recipe is all his! It’s become a family and friends favorite. We serve this all the time for parties and everyone always wants the recipe. And we like it spicy so we aren’t afraid to add a little kick to the sauce.First find your best helper! Whenever we are in the kitchen, my son is always willing to help. And he is such a great helper!
It’s best to do the cocktail sauce first. You can make this the day before and let it sit in the refrigerator or just make it a few hours before you want to serve it. It’s simple….. ketchup, horse radish, lemon juice, salt and pepper!
Then peel and devein the shrimp. We use about 4 pounds of 13-15 count shrimp. We never eat it all at once but it tastes even better as left-overs. At the same time you will need to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
You will add a spicy hot pepper olive oil, Old Bay cajun spice and a package of crushed red pepper to the shrimp. My husband makes the olive oil by using extra virgin olive oil and crushed red pepper. We use it for a lot of things. Mix this all together.
Your shrimp should look like this. A beautiful bright orange color. You will immediately put the shrimp in a bowl and put in the freezer to cool down. Keep in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. If you are making a shrimp cocktail, you want the shrimp to be cold.
- 4 pounds 13-15 count Shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Hot Pepper Olive Oil, enough to coat the shrimp
- 1/4 cup Old Bay Cajun Spice
- 1 package Crushed Red Pepper (we use the leftover pizza packages of red pepper)
- 2 cups Ketchup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Prepared Horse Radish
- The juice of 1 Lemon
- 2 pinches Kosher Salt
- 1/2 teaspoons Black Pepper
- Mix ketchup, horse radish, lemon juice, salt and pepper, put in refrigerator overnight or for a few hours
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Peel and devein the shrimp, pat dry with paper towel
- Put shrimp in large mixing bowl
- Coat with Hot pepper olive oil
- Add cajun spice and crushed red pepper -- mix together
- Place coated shrimp on cookie sheet or pan
- Put in oven for 15-20 minutes or until shrimp is bright orange color
- Place in large bowl and put in freezer for 10-15 minutes
- Serve cold
This is a great party dish or one for a quite night at home. Eat it by itself or with a salad.