WW Recipe of the Day: Chunky Shrimp Cocktail Sauce (0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
Shrimp cocktail is an all-time favorite of mine dating back to when I was a kid and it was a special Christmas Eve treat.
Still my go-to date night or party treat, it’s not surprising that I have a shrimp cocktail sauce recipe or two in my files.
In addition to being tasty, shrimp cocktail is healthy and low in calories. Three ounces of plain cooked shrimp has just *0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
And most bottled cocktail sauces have about *3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints in a generous 1/4 cup serving.
By making your own cocktail sauce with less sugar, you can decrease the points even more.
Is it any wonder shrimp cocktail has become my go-to appetizer of choice on Weight Watchers?
I’ve gathered several of my favorite shrimp cocktail sauce recipes here for easy access, as well as a tip or two on preparing the shrimp. Enjoy!
More About Shrimp
Shrimp come in several sizes from tiny to colossal and are labeled by the number of shrimp per pound. The best size for cocktails are medium (16 to 25 shrimp per pound).
You can buy frozen raw shrimp either in the shell but not deveined or shelled and deveined. Most frozen cooked shrimp come already shelled and deveined, making them a quick easy option.
Frozen raw shrimp are better when thawed before cooking. Most brands include preferred directions for thawing right on the package so be sure to follow them for best results.
How to Make Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp cocktail is nothing more than cooked shrimp accompanied by a tangy cocktail sauce. So all you need to do to make shrimp cocktail is cook the shrimp and make (or buy) a sauce.
Most of the time to keep things quick and easy, I just thaw and drain already cooked peeled shrimp when making shrimp cocktail, so all I need to do is arrange them on a platter and make a simple cocktail sauce.
If you prefer to cook them yourself, here’s what you need to know.
Boiling is the most popular way to cook shrimp for cocktail.
How to Shell & De-Vein Shrimp
You can shell and de-vein them either before or after you cook them, it’s totally up to you.
To peel them, start at the large end and peel away the thin shell.
To de-vein them, make a a shallow cut down the center back (outer curved side) with a small sharp knife and pull out the dark vein.
Rinse away any remaining bits of the vein under cool water.
Here’s a helpful video from Epicurious which shows how to peel and de-vein the shrimp:
How to Boil Shrimp
To boil the shrimp, allow 1 quart of water per pound of shrimp, and 2 tablespoons of salt for unshelled shrimp and 1 tablespoon for shelled.
Bring the salt and water to a boil in a pot, then add the shrimp, cover the pot and simmer just until the shrimp turn pink. This should take about 3 to 5 minutes depending on the size of your shrimp.
Drain and if still in the shell, shell and de-vein them, leaving the tails on.
Chill them thoroughly.
While the shrimp chill, you can make your cocktail sauce any way you like it – it smooth or chunky, spicy, mild, traditional or with the ingredients required to turn it into a Mexican shrimp cocktail.
If you don’t know how to make shrimp cocktail sauce, I’ve got several great homemade cocktail sauce recipes here for you to chose from.
When you are ready to serve, arrange your shrimp attractively on a platter and serve with your favorite sauce and lots of cocktail napkins.
According to my calculations, each 1/4-cup serving of this chunky shrimp cocktail sauce has 21 calories, *0 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints. Enjoy!
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Chunky Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with onions, undrained
- 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- Place all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Serve with chilled shrimp.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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