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.
Shrimp Diablo with Spicy Cocktail Sauce!
For the Shrimp Marinade
- 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
For the Cocktail Sauce
- 2 cups Ketchup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Prepared Horse Radish
- The juice of 1 Lemon
- 2 pinches Kosher Salt
- 1/2 teaspoons Black Pepper
For the Cocktail Sauce
Mix ketchup, horse radish, lemon juice, salt and pepper, put in refrigerator overnight or for a few hours
For the Shrimp
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
Recipe NotesThis is a great party dish or one for a quite night at home. Eat it by itself or with a salad.