Spicy Thai-Inspired Shrimp Cocktail

Conventional shrimp cocktail makes an easy appetizer for a dinner party – just mix up your cocktail sauce, arrange the shrimp and you’re good to go, but the old standby cocktail sauce doesn’t necessarily complement every meal. This is a Thai-inspired variation that has made a big hit each time I’ve served it, and it makes a nice prelude to any Asian-style entree.

Spicy Thai-Inspired Shrimp Cocktail

Spicy Thai-Inspired Shrimp Cocktail

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

An Asian-style twist on conventional shrimp cocktail with fresh lime and cilantro is a refreshing change.


  • 1 lb cooked peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Thai chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges


Combine the ketchup, horseradish, Thai chili sauce, lime juice, fish sauce, sambal and chopped cilantro in a bowl. Transfer to a serving bowl and chill for at least 20 minutes. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the shrimp, arrange them on a platter around the cocktail sauce and serve immediately.