Shrimp Cocktail Shots Recipe

Shrimp Cocktail Shots

New Year’s Eve is my one last chance to do a Calorie Splurge before the new year begins. And, we celebrate with food and family aplenty at the Kelly Casita.

I want to share with you, our much appreciated blog readers, one of my very favorite festive holiday appetizers. And YES, I do love appetizers, as evidenced by our fabulous new book, 200 Appetizers, just published by Gibbs Smith.

Today I am posting an app that has a stunning look but is so easy to make: Shrimp Cocktail Shots. I put cocktail sauce mix in a small shot glass and then set a shrimp on a crispy tortilla round on to of the shot glass. These are stunning on a platter, and are sure to dazzle.

Feliz Ano Nuevo a Todos! Happy New Year to All!

— posted by Donna


NOTE: You will need 12 small shot glasses or other small glasses to serve this dish the same way it looks in the photo. If you don’t have any of these sized glasses, just serve the top part on a platter without the vegetable juice shot.

12 peeled, uncooked medium sized shrimp
4 corn tortillas
Canola oil for frying
2/3 cup purchased cocktail sauce, divided
1/2 cup minced cilantro
1 cup V-8 vegetable juice

Cook the shrimp any way you like. (I like to brush the shrimp with a little oil and grill them on a very hot grill pan.)

Cutting wonton circles
Cutting tortilla circles

Heat oil in a small skillet to medium high heat. Cut tortillas with a round cookie cutter that is slightly bigger than the circle of the top of your shot glasses. Cook tortilla circles in oil for about 20 seconds on each side, until lightly crispy but not hard. Press cooked circles with paper towels to remove excess oil. Let cool.

Frying wonton circles
Frying tortilla circles

Mix together 1/3 cup of cocktail sauce and the V-8 juice. Pour a little liquid into each glass so that there is about 1/2 inch in each.

Spread cocktail sauce on wonton circles
Spread cocktail sauce on tortilla circles

Spread on top of each tortilla circle in the following order: 1/2 tablespoon of remaining cocktail sauce; a little cilantro; one shrimp.

Topping the wonton circles
Topping the tortilla circles

Place topped tortilla circle on top of each filled glass and serve so that guests will pick up and eat tortilla and shrimp and then drink the liquid in the glass.

Other bloggers fabulous takes on Shrimp Cocktail:

Asian Shrimp Cocktail, The Perfect Pantry
Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Jalapeno Cocktail Sauce, Cookin’ Canuck
Cool and Spicy Shrimp Cocktail, Sippity Sup

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  1. Betsy says

    I made these and they are yummy! I would make one change tho (for simplicity). I would use little rice crackers instead of making up the little tortillas. They weren’t difficult, but while entertaining lots of guests, I didn’t want to be frying (messy).


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