Caesar Shrimp Cocktails Caesar Shrimp Cocktails

Photography: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Michael Elliott/ | Prop styling: Renée Drexler/Geary House

Dazzle guests with this classic party appetizer that features a Caesar cocktail sauce.

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 45 minutes


Caesar Cocktail Sauce:


In large pot, place reserved shrimp shells, 6 cups water, celery, onion, parsley, bay leaf, salt and peppercorns. Squeeze lemon into liquid and add halves to pot; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook for 20 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve set over clean saucepan; discard solids.

Fill large bowl with ice water. Return poaching liquid to boil. Reduce to medium heat; add shrimp and cook until centres are opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to ice water until cooled, about 3 minutes. Drain.

Caesar Cocktail Sauce: Meanwhile, in large liquid measure, combine tomatoes, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, celery salt and hot sauce; stir to combine. 

Assembly: Spoon generous 1 tbsp of the Caesar Cocktail Sauce into each small glass; top each with 1 shrimp and reserved celery leaves.

Test Kitchen Tip: For that Caesar cocktail look, rim the glasses with celery salt before filling.

Makes 24 servings

Nutritional facts PER SERVING: about

  • Sodium 141 mg
  • Protein 5 g
  • Calories 30
  • Potassium 98 mg
  • Cholesterol 33 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate 2 g


  • Iron 6
  • Folate 2
  • Calcium 2
  • Vitamin A 1
  • Vitamin C 4
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Caesar Shrimp Cocktails