Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail

Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Do you remember the Italian 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

Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 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


  1. Rinse the shrimps under running water, remove the shells by being careful not to break the body.
  2. With the help of a toothpick remove the black thread that is in the back of the shrimp (the intestine).
  3. In a saucepan, put water to boil and cook the shrimps for a few seconds.
  4. Drain them and let them cool.
  5. 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.
  6. Add the shrimps to the pink sauce (if they are small, leave them whole, if they are large prawns, cut them into small pieces) and mix well.
  7. Cut the lettuce leaves into julienne strips.
  8. At this point all the ingredients are ready, you just have to make the cocktail.
  9. 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.
  10. Decorate as you wish, I have decorated with a sprinkling of paprika



Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 504Total Fat 38gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 31gCholesterol 304mgSodium 595mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 37g
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