Elizabeth Karmel's Grilled Shrimp with Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce

  • This easy recipe for Grilled Shrimp Cocktail With Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce is a great way to get in the swing of using direct and indirect heat on the grill.

    This easy recipe for Grilled Shrimp Cocktail With Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce is a great way to get in the swing of using direct and indirect heat on the grill. Courtesy of Elizabeth Karmel

 
Updated 5/27/2022 9:53 AM

Grilled Shrimp With Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce

I prefer grilling shell-on shrimp and peeling them once they have cooled. If you prefer grilling peeled and deveined shrimp, take them off the grill when they are pink and slightly undercooked or they will be tough.

 

Grilling Method: Direct/Medium-High Heat

1-2 pounds large shrimp, in shell about 25

2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat the grill according to instructions.

Place shrimp in a non-reactive bowl. Mix with olive oil until well-coated. Place shrimp on the cooking grate directly over the heat deflector plate with the lid down. Grill until pink and almost cooked through, about 4-6 minutes, turning once halfway through the cooking time.

Remove from grill and place on a tray. You can serve the shrimp hot with the cocktail sauce or let them cool and serve them cold. Serve with the shell on or peeled.

If cold is your preference, let the shrimp cool completely by topping with ice. Once they are cool, drain the excess water and refrigerate covered for 4-5 hours or up to 24 hours. Peel the shrimp and serve with chilled cocktail sauce.

Note: if you are grilling peeled and de-veined shrimp, they will take about 2 minutes less.

Serves 6

Elizabeth Karamel

Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce

1 cup ketchup

1 cup Heinz Chili sauce

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2 small lemons, juiced (3 tablespoons)

Zest of both lemons

1 small lime, juiced (½ tablespoon)

2 heaping tablespoons prepared white horseradish (or more to taste)

2 teaspoons pureed chipotle in adobo (or more to taste)*

2 tablespoons (1 ounce) vodka

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

Celery salt for rimming serving dish**

Make the cocktail sauce. In a non-reactive bowl, mix ketchup, chili sauce, lemon juice, zest, lime juice, horseradish, pureed chipotle, vodka, Worcestershire and garlic salt until well combined.

Taste and adjust seasonings. If you like a lot of horseradish, and chipotle, you may want to add more. Set aside. The sauce can be made and refrigerated in a glass mason jar up to one week in advance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Serve sauce with the shrimp either in a large bowl for a crowd or in individual servings of 5 shrimp each.

Serves 6

Tips: *Chipotles come canned in adobo sauce. The easiest way to use them is to puree the whole can and store the mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use a small amount to add a sweet, smoky heat to everything from this cocktail sauce to mayo, soups and stews.

**Rim dish with celery salt before serving. To rim dish, distribute a generous tablespoon of celery salt on a flat plate. Rub a cut lemon around the rim of your serving dish to moisten. While the rim is still wet, dip it in the celery salt and it will adhere.

Elizabeth Karmel

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