Want to wow your party guests without spending hours in the kitchen? Then turn to a party classic, shrimp cocktail: elevate the shellfish dish with a trio of flavorful dipping sauces that are so addictive, your guests will want to double-dip.

The dish may sound involved, but thanks to a few pantry staples — think barbecue sauce, coconut milk, garlic chili paste, and the like — pulling off this elegant hors d'oeuvre is easier than you think. Keep reading for the shrimp cocktail recipe.

Poached Shrimp with Cocktail, BBQ, and Peanut Dipping Sauces

Poached Shrimp with Cocktail, BBQ, and Peanut Dipping Sauces

Shrimp Cocktail With Dipping Sauces

Ingredients

For poached shrimp:
24 large- or jumbo-size shrimp, deveined, tails still on
Salt

For cocktail sauce:
1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon freshly grated or prepared horseradish
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper, to taste

For Thai peanut sauce:
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 teaspoons garlic chili paste
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste

For pineapple barbecue sauce:
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup crushed pineapple
1 teaspoon honey

Directions

  1. Poach the shrimp: Fill a large pot or Dutch oven with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat down to medium. Drop the shrimp in the boiling water and season with salt. Let simmer for three minutes. Remove the shrimp from the boiling water, strain, and plunge immediately in a ice-water bath. Drain, cover, and chill shrimp for up to four hours before serving.
  2. Make the cocktail sauce: In a blender or a small food processor, blend ketchup, vinegar, and horseradish. Add fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Make the Thai peanut sauce: Clean out the blender or food processor and combine coconut milk, peanut butter, and garlic chili paste until well-combined. Add fresh lime. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Make the pineapple barbecue sauce: Clean out the blender or food processor and mix barbecue sauce, crushed pineapple, and honey until well-combined. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Spoon dipping sauces into small ramekins, topping each with a poached shrimp for garnish.

Serves 8 as an appetizer.