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Shrimp Cocktail
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6 servings
6 servings
  • 2 pounds shrimp
  • 3 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 each bay leaves
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 2 each lemons
  • 8 cups ice
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
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  1. In a large pot, combine the shrimp, 4 cups cold water, salt, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaves and celery seeds. Cook this mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the water registers 170 degrees and the shrimp are just barely beginning to turn pink, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and add ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice, along with all of the lemon peels. Cover the pot and let the shrimp mixture rest until the shrimp are completely pink and firm, about 5-7 minutes. While the shrimp finishes cooking, set aside 8 cups of ice next to the pot. When the shrimp are bright pink, stir the ice into the pot and let the shrimp cool completely, about 5 minutes. Remove the cool shrimp from the pot and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Whisk together the cocktail sauce ingredients and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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