One-Bite Shrimp Cocktail Shots

Shrimp Cocktail Shots. Simple but stunning shots of flavor.

Shrimp Cocktail Shots

Shrimp Cocktail Shots – Minimum fuss. Maximum WOW!

This may just be the most dramatic looking shrimp cocktail ever. And yet, so easy!

Buy medium sized shrimp, and make your presentation so that each guest only eats ONE shrimp. Whether you’re making this for a special birthday dinner, or as a super bowl recipe, or the in-laws are coming over, or any other festive event – I promise your guests will think you are the next Martha Stewart – they are incredibly easy and they look so pretty on a party platter!

I saw something similar served once at a fancy wedding reception, and wanted to try my own version. The trick is to set the shrimp on top of a little shot glass and fill the glass with a little drink to “chase” the shrimp. I like V-8 juice mixed with a little cocktail sauce. I used some votive candle holders that I had left over from my daughters’ weddings a few years ago, and they worked perfectly. The bonus: this is one of those dishes that will make you seem like a fabulous chef who has slaved for hours, but in reality this is one of the easiest appetizers I have ever made! Only six ingredients and about 20 minutes to make!

ONE-BITE SHRIMP COCKTAILS with Zesty Vegetable Juice Shot

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 flat leaf parsley
1 cup V-8 vegetable juice

Cook the shrimp any way you like. (I brushed the shrimp with a little oil and grilled 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 parsley; 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.

— posted by Donna




  1. […] Shrimp Shooters: In the collage below I’ve included several ideas of how you can serve shrimp in shooters. Some of the dishes show cocktail sauce in the glass but others show a combination of shrimp and another food such as in the fourth and fifth photos of Bloody Mary with Shrimp and Shrimp with Gazpacho. You can really wow your guests with Shrimp Satay Skewer Shooters that feature cooked shrimp (photo 8). The last two images show a unique way to serve the shrimp with a cracker on top of the glass … in this case it is a tortilla from the recipe, One-Bite Shrimp Cocktails with Zesty Vegetable Juice Shot. […]

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