The Dude’s Shrimp Cocktail

Rye Bread Wedge? Interesting...

<First Published in CAMPUS Magazine, June 2009>

I don’t know about you, but I love a good shrimp cocktail. It could just be Jumbo Prawns in a cocktail sauce, or an elaborate affair with avocado and a whole assortment of other ingredients. Either way, it’s one of those things that brings a super-sized smile to my face. A great shrimp cocktail is a refined indulgence, best eaten when you want to be cool – both gustatorily and mentally.

A recipe I use incorporates many different elements, and is meant to be layered. I’ve eschewed the use of jumbo shrimp in favor of those beautiful little shrimps.  Since I live in Cairo, getting fresh seafood is not really an option, so I go for the frozen prepackaged (and cleaned) shrimp found at your local Hypermarket. The quantities can be scaled to your taste, the recipe serves one.

The recipe follows after the jump:

The Dude’s Shrimp Cocktail:

1 – Base Layer:

  • ½ Avocado, Diced
  • 1 TBSP Sour Cream
  • 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Mayonnaise
  • Salt, Pepper, Olive oil

Yep, you guessed it. Mix all ingredients together, and spoon into the bottom of the glass. If you have extra, then just spoon it over the top as well.

2 – Middle Layer:

  • 1 Small Diced Tomato
  • ½ Tsp lemon Juice
  • ½ Tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce

Combine all the ingredients together, and spoon it over the base layer.

3 – Top Layer:

  • ½ Cup Mini Shrimp
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Boil the shrimp in some water for 2-3 minutes. Strain and season with Salt and pepper. Set aside to cool. Spoon on top of the Avocado Layer

4 – Top off the whole affair with a dollop of Sour Cream or any leftover Avocado. Garnish with a basil leaf, and serve with a toasted crouton of Rye Bread.

Eat it and Weep.


About Wesam E Masoud
Chef Patron of @chefsmarketmasr, Host of @CBCSofra's #matbakh101. I have one degree in Medicine & 3rd degree burns from cooking.

One Response to The Dude’s Shrimp Cocktail

  1. Sayed Kawawi says:

    Looks expensive…to prepare.

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