Shrimp Cocktail

Who doesn’t love a classic shrimp cocktail featuring poached shrimp dipped in spicy cocktail sauce? The dish has both bite from the pungent horseradish and a subtle sweetness from the ketchup. At one point, shrimp cocktail was one of the most popular dishes to serve before the main meal. Now, you probably won’t find it on most restaurant menus. Instead of going straight for the tradition recipe, turn to Food & Wine’s guide to find dozens of ways to reinvent it. We’ve wrapped the shrimp in bacon, swapped out the sauce for international versions and added even more seafood. We’re expecting another comeback soon.

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Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

For this excellent appetizer, jumbo shrimp are marinated in chile-garlic oil, then wrapped with bacon and grilled. They're served with a house-made cocktail sauce that's spiked with a horseradish. Slideshow: More Shrimp Recipes

Shrimp and Squid Cocktails with Avocado and Tomato

The Spanish name for this seafood salad is vuelva a la vida, which means "return to life." The reason: This cold, refreshing, vitamin-C-rich starter is a reputed hangover cure. It's especially popular in Nicaragua and in coastal towns in Mexico. Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips

Shrimp Cocktail with Marie Rose Sauce

The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe • Vancouver Chef and Food Network Canada star Anthony Sedlak spikes the '70s throwback Marie Rose sauce (mayonnaise and a touch of ketchup) with brandy and horseradish. It's fantastic with shrimp cocktail as well as fried seafood like battered cod.    More Delicious Shrimp Dishes  

Shrimp Cocktail with Singapore Hot Sauce

Susan Feniger likes to quickly simmer raw shrimp in broth or sauté them with garlic and ginger, but you can certainly use precooked shrimp to save time. This sweet-and-spicy sauce was inspired by the ones Feniger sampled at street stalls throughout Singapore.