Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce (and Ten More Shrimp Recipes for the Holidays)

This Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce will be a hit at a holiday party!

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We are officially in the season of Tempting Holiday Food.  I'm working hard to bring you a few food choices that are delicious but won't sabotage the diet or raise your blood sugar, and this Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce is something I promise will be a hit for a holiday party. 

The recipe uses thawed frozen cooked shrimp, which saves the work of cooking them, and the Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce takes about five minutes to make.  In fact, the hardest part of this recipe might be remembering to thaw the shrimp overnight in the fridge, but I do recommend doing that so they'll be icy cold when you serve them.  

Thaw shrimp in the refrigerator.  Just before you're going to serve them, put the thawed shrimp into a colander and let them drain while you mix the sauce. 

I use Heinz Reduced-Sugar Ketchup for the sauce, since regular ketchup has a lot of sugar.  This ketchup has a small amount of Splenda, so if you don't want to use that I'd look for a no-sugar-added ketchup at a natural foods store.

Finely chop about 1/4 cup of green onions, using mostly the green parts.

Whisk together the mayo (or light mayo) and ketchup.

Then stir in the lime juice, Sriracha Sauce, and green onions and the sauce is ready!

If the shrimp still seem wet, I would put them between two layers of paper towels and press to absorb the extra moisture.  Serve right away.  You can serve a platter of shrimp with a bowl of sauce for people to dip them, or make individual portions like I did.  Enjoy!

Easy Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce
(Makes a generous amount of sauce for one pound of shrimp; I used 31-40 count size.  Recipe created by Kalyn, the idea of pairing Sriracha with Shrimp came from Sriracha Shrimp Cocktail at White on Rice Couple.)

1 lb. frozen cooked shrimp, thawed overnight in the fridge (I used 31-40 count shrimp from Costco.)
1/2 cup mayo or light mayo
2 T ketchup, preferably reduced-sugar ketchup
1 T fresh squeezed lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
1 T Sriracha Sauce (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion

Thaw the shrimp in the refrigerator overnight.  Just before you want to serve them, put shrimp into a colander and let them drain well.  Finely chop the green onion.

In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the mayo and ketchup.  Stir in the lime juice, Sriracha sauce to taste, and finely chopped green onions to make the sauce.  (If you're not that familiar with Sriracha, I'd start with a couple of teaspoons and taste it before you add the full tablespoon.  This will get a little hotter if it sits in the fridge, so keep that in mind.)

If the shrimp are not as dry as you'd like them, put them between a double layer of paper towels and press down with the towel to absorb the extra moisture.  

Serve the shrimp while they are still cold.  You can serve a platter of shrimp with the sauce on the side, or make individual shrimp cocktails.  Remember to provide some kind of dish to put the piece of shell from the tail.

You probably won't have any leftovers, but leftover shrimp or sauce could certain be refrigerated for a day or two.

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South Beach Suggestions:
If you're making this for the South Beach Diet or another low-glycemic eating plan, it's important to use reduced-sugar ketchup, as regular ketchup has a lot of added sugar.  Mayo is a limited food for South Beach, but you're not eating a lot of it here.  With low-sugar ketchup, and assuming a moderate amount of sauce, I would eat this for any phase of South Beach. 

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

Ten More Diet-Friendly Ideas with Shrimp for the Holidays:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)

Shrimp Salad Cabbage Cups ~ Kalyn's Kitchen 

Sriracha Shrimp Cocktail ~ White on Rice Couple

Shrimp Cocktail with Low Sugar Cocktail Sauce ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Shrimp with Meyer Lemon Dipping Sauce ~ The Perfect Pantry

Easy Garlic and Lemon Shrimp ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Shrimp Martini Appetizer with Tomato, Olives, and Jalapeno Pepper ~ Cookin' Canuck

Shrimp with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail ~ Simply Recipes

Quick and Easy Spicy Broiled Shrimp ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

James Beard's Broiled Shrimp Appetizer ~ Undercover Caterer

(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. Oh I love shrimp and love Siracha! Can't wait to try this recipe. I am so curious about the recipes in the links too... Have a feeling I'll be adding many to my "try soon" collection! Thanks!

  2. Thanks Kristen! I love shrimp for a healthy food that still manages to feel special.

  3. I think it's really not a party without shrimp, and I love this simple, yet kicked up, sauce. Thanks for including one of my shrimp-and-dip recipes.

  4. There's nothing like shrimp cocktail for holiday entertaining - so easy! Love the idea of sriracha cocktail sauce to spice things up.

  5. Thanks Jeanette, I think everything is better with Sriracha!

  6. Such a great idea Kalyn! I am making this for Christmas :)

  7. I hope you enjoy it! I have more sauce so I need to thaw out some more shrimp!

  8. Shrimp and sriracha seem like a natural combination--I can't wait to try it. And thank you for linking to my recipe!

  9. Glad you like it, and my pleasure featuring your recipe!

  10. Kaylyn -
    Love the sound of the sauce, and can't wait to try it.

    Have you by any chance tried Ina Garten's suggestion of ROASTING shrimp rather than boiling? I've become a HUGE fan!

  11. Matt, hope you enjoy the sauce. This recipe was made with pre-cooked shrimp but if you enter "roasted shrimp" into the search box I do have several favorite recipes for roasted shrimp.

  12. I'm sorry if you've already addressed this question, but how far in advance could I make the sauce? I'm trying to get as much party prep done ahead of time as possible!

  13. Stacy, mine was still good after a day in the fridge, but I wouldn't make it much farther ahead than that.


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