This is one of those ridiculously easy recipes that’s just as fun to serve as it is to eat. I love a good Bloody Mary and I love shrimp, so these Bloody Mary Shrimp are the best of both worlds. I keep my recipe pretty simple, with a kick of horseradish and hot sauce, but you can adjust this recipe to your own personal tastes.
bloody mary shrimp recipe
- 1 lb. large cooked shrimp, shelled and deveined, with the tails removed
- 1 cup thinly sliced or small diced celery
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced (save about 1 tablespoon for serving)
- 3/4 cup V8 Juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons horseradish (don’t drain)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/4 cup vodka (totally optional)
- lemon wedges for serving
Special serving pieces, such as Chinese soup spoons or shot glasses – you can use glass or plastic, whichever you prefer.
In a large bowl, whisk together everything except the shrimp and lemon wedges. Toss the shrimp in and mix well again.
Spoon 1 shrimp and some of the bloody mary mix into each serving piece, until all of the shrimp and mixture is used. Sprinkle with reserved sliced scallions and fresh lemon juice immediately before serving. You can refrigerate these for a few hours before serving. but don’t add the scallions and lemon juice until right before you serve them.
Makes about 35 servings.
The style of serving these is really key, as you want each serving to include a shrimp plus the bloody mary mix, which is why Chinese soup spoons and shot glasses work perfectly. This way, you and your guests can slurp them down easily.
I’ve served these with and without the vodka and they’re just as good either way, it really just depends on your taste and the occasion you’re serving them at.
You know I always tell you not to be afraid to play with your food, so play it up with these. The scallions, horseradish and hot sauce can all be adjusted or removed entirely if you’re just not a fan of one or all of them.
As a gardening side note, check out my post on how to grow and make your own horseradish, in case you’re interested.
Tell me this doesn’t make an impressive presentation…
Chilled, spicy and delicious, I think this will become one of your favorite go-to appetizers. It’s easy and always a hit at every event I serve them at.