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Grilled Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Welcome to your new favorite way to eat shrimp cocktail! Beautifully grilled shrimp flavored with garlic and butter are the perfect pair to a tangy, zippy homemade cocktail sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Appetizer, Grilling, Shrimp, Shrimp Cocktail
Servings: 8 snack-sized
Calories: 128kcal


  • Wooden Skewers


For the cocktail sauce:

  • cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon horseradish
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

For the grilled shrimp:

  • 1 pound raw shrimp thawed
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoon butter melted and slightly cool
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Fresh Parsley for serving


For the cocktail sauce:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice and salt. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the grilled shrimp:

  • Preheat a grill to 350 – 400 degrees. Place wooden skewers in water to soak for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse thawed shrimp under cold water. Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tail for easy handling, and rinse again. Spread shrimp out onto a baking sheet and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Remove dowels from water and place 4 – 6 shrimp on each skewer (depending on the skewer size) and return to baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle shrimp on both sides with salt and pepper before brushing with butter and sprinkling with minced garlic.
  • Place seasoned shrimp on preheated grill and cook for ~2 minutes before flipping and cooking for another 2 minutes. Shrimp are cooked through when they are light pink, and the tails have curled toward the head.
  • Remove from grill (making sure to turn off gas, if using a propane grill!) and place on serving tray. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedge and prepared cocktail sauce.


Cocktail sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance. If wanting to serve the shrimp cocktail cold, shrimp can be grilled up to a day in advance and refrigerated until ready to serve.
Leftover shrimp cocktail can be stored for up to two days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 1590mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg