Need a quick keto appetizer? this low carb rendition packs all the bold flavor of classic cocktail sauce without the unwanted sugar.
Shrimp Cocktail is probably one of the most classic appetizers of the 60’s and 70’s. It was said to have started in Great Britain and the first Recipe was created by restaurant critic and cook Fanny Cradock. Though shrimp Cocktail is an incredibly simple dish proper preparation of the shrimp is key. Under cooked shrimp can have a slimy unpleasant mouth feel and over cooked shrimp can be hard to peel and have a rubbery texture.
Cocktail Sauce itself can be as simple as two ingredients, ketchup and horseradish but adding some additional ingredients can provide a much more flavorful sauce.
The amount of horseradish used is completely up to you. If you want to shed a tear feel free to add a few extra tablespoons and if you’re really brave you can even add extra Tabasco. If you want the sauce to me milder I would recommend omitting the hot sauce and even cutting the amount of horseradish in half. I grow fresh horseradish in my garden and love the intense spic but be warned when you grate fresh horseradish you’ll need to open a window and have any kids leave the room. You will be sobbing uncontrollably as if you had just watched the end of Old Yeller. after harvesting fresh horseradish peel the roots and store anything that you don’t intend to use in a week in the freezer. you can grate the root while frozen using a microplane and i think it helps with the eye irritation.Prepared horseradish can be found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store and tends to be milder.
When buying shrimp there are many different varieties. To me it’s hard to beat gulf shrimp but Carolina also has some fantastic shellfish. When buying shrimp you’ll see different classifications of size like jumbo, large or medium. This can be very misleading, look for numbers like 21/25 or 16/20. This refers to the number of shrimp it takes to weight out to a pound. Always remember the bigger the number, the smaller the shrimp. You may also see numbers like U-10 or U-15, this just means that it’s a specific number of shrimp per pound. I recommend 16/20 for shrimp cocktail because it’s not to big and not to small. If you want to really be fancy grab yourself some U-10 shrimp and your guests will be very impressed but your wallet may be mad at you. 21/25 is as small as I would recommend for shrimp cocktail anything smaller than that I would only use for salads and stir fry.
Keto Cocktail Sauce
- Whisk ingredients together and chill in fridge.
- Note* sometimes cocktail sauce will congeal after a few days in the fridge, just add a tablespoon of water and an extra dash of ketchup and whisk again and it will return to its original texture.