Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

By Citarella Published: January 3, 2019

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep: 5 minutes
  • Cook: 2 minutes
  • Ready In: 7 minutes

This is seafood cooking 101. Nail this recipe and you’re well on your way to understanding how seafood should really be cooked. – Joe Gurrera, Citarella’s Owner & Original Fishmonger, author of JOE KNOWS FISH.


  • 24 Raw large shrimp (about 16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Cocktail sauce store bought or homemade, for serving (optional)


  1. Fill a medium pot with 1 inch of water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, fill a large bowl halfway with cool water and set aside
  2. Once the water boils, add the shrimp. Cover and cook for 2 minutes
  3. Immediately drain the shrimp and transfer them to the bowl of cool water to stop the cooking process.
  4. Season the shrimp by salting the cool water and stirring the water slightly.
  5. When the shrimp are cool, drain them and serve with cocktail sauce (or if you’re like me, don’t).