PEEL AND EAT SHRIMP & SPICY COCKTAIL SAUCE
Prep Time35 minutes mins
Total Time30 minutes mins
- 1 1/2 lbs shell-on large shrimp deveined (32 of 21 to 25 count shrimp)
- FOR THE BASIC BRINE
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups ice
- BRINE EXTRAS
- lemon slice
- lemon zest of
- black peppercorns
- crushed garlic (-OR- I’ve used part garlic salt for the salt mixture no
- more than a couple tbsp)
- crushed red pepper flakes
- fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried coriander
- FOR THE COCKTAIL SAUCE
- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 cup prepared chili sauce
- 4 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 grinds fresh black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon kosher salt
- hot sauce optional
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 dash Old Bay Seasoning
Mix ingredients for your brine, be sure that all the salt and sugar are completely
dissolved before adding shrimp or other spices (very important!) Place shrimp into a
bowl with brine, add whatever extra you choose, and refrigerate for 20 to 25 minutes.
Don’t go any longer or they will start to become a bit too salty.
While shrimp are brining, place tomatoes, chili sauce, horseradish, sugar, pepper, and
salt in food processor and blend until smooth.
Refrigerate cocktail sauce until ready to serve.
Place a baking sheet covered with foil on broiler pan under oven broiler and preheat for
(My boiler is small and awkward. When making larger batches of this, I’ve put the
shrimp onto the top shelf of my oven on its highest setting).
Remove shrimp from brine and drain thoroughly.
Rinse the shrimp under cold water to remove the brine and dry on paper towelsimportant step, do not skip it!
In a large bowl, toss shrimp with olive oil, (I use a mister to coat them evenly) and
sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning, if desired.
Place shrimp onto the heated sheet pan and return to broiler immediately.
After 2 minutes, check your shrimp.
They should be truning slightly pink and the meat should be separating from where
they were deveined.
Turn the shrimp with a pair of tongs.
Return the shrimp to broiler for 1 minute.
Transfer shrimp to a cool bowl or cookie sheet and refrigerate immediately.
Once shrimp have chilled, serve with cocktail sauce.
These shrimp are great served warm right from the oven too.
I usually can’t wait until they chill before I eat them!