Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail
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Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Do you remember the shrimp cocktail? This is a decidedly vintage recipe since it was very popular in the 70s and 80s, a seafood appetizer suitable for all occasions.

Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail

I remember as a child when I went to weddings, the delicious shrimp cocktail served in champagne glasses or in glass bowls was the starter.

I didn’t like going to weddings, I was so bored because my parents didn’t let me play with the other children who were running around the tables, because they said we could bother the adults.

I remember that the poor waiters had to sidestep the children, who were running, screaming, and pushing each other,  and I also remember the fear of watching the waiters trying not to drop the dishes.

Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail

In spite of everything, I enjoyed the appetizer time. I savored these prawns swimming in a pink sauce, all laid out on a bed of romaine lettuce leaves.

By now, if you’ve seen previous recipes, you know that I prefer fresh shrimps, but you can also use frozen ones very well.

Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: antipasto italiano, cocktail di gamberi, vintage food
Servings: 4


  • 600 g of fresh shrimps or frozen (1.3 lb)
  • 200 g of mayonnaise 7 oz
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcester sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon of brandy
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4 roman lettuce leaves


  • Rinse the prawns under running water, remove the shells by being careful not to break the body.
  • With the help of a toothpick remove the black thread that is in the back of the shrimp (the intestine).
  • In a saucepan, put water to boil and cook the prawns for a few seconds.
  • Drain them and let them cool.
  • In a bowl put the mayonnaise and mix it together with the ketchup, the Worchester sauce, and the cognac (or brandy). Mix carefully so that the sauce (which will have a pink color) is well mixed.
  • Add the prawns to the pink sauce (if they are small, leave them whole, if they are large prawns, cut them into small pieces) and mix well.
  • Cut the lettuce leaves into julienne strips.
  • At this point all the ingredients are ready, you just have to make the cocktail.
  • Take some glasses, lay a layer of lettuce in the bottom, and add 2-3 tablespoons (depending on the size of the glass) of shrimp in a pink sauce.
  • Decorate as you wish, I have decorated with a sprinkling of paprika


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