Go Back Email Link
+ servings
Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Original Italian Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

This is a decidedly vintage recipe since it was very popular in the 70s and 80s, a seafood appetizer suitable for all occasions.
No ratings yet
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Additional Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Antipasti
Cuisine Italian
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 shrimps 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 shrimps 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 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.
  • 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


Keyword Cocktail Gamberi
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!