Garlicky Marinated Shrimp with Jalepeno Cocktail Sauce

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I’m not sure what to say about this dish, other than imploring you to make it right now.

The Tall Boy and I made this for New Year’s Eve, and inahled it all within 15 minutes liked it so much we knew we had to add it to the menu for last Friday’s Cotton Bowl.

Even though I was thrown into a deep depressive state and moped around the house the rest of the weekend slightly bummed about the game, this shrimp got rave reviews, which cheered me up some.

This is so quick and easy to prepare, but with enough flavor and color to convince your party guests into thinking you spent hours in the kitchen.  Don’t be scared to try the jalepenos in the dipping sauce.  You can reduce the heat by removing the seeds and membrane.  But if you like things a little spicer, by all means, include some of the seeds.

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Garlicky Marinated Shrimp with Jalepeno Cocktail Sauce
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Recipe type: appetizer
For the shrimp:
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, boiled and peeled
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • ½ teaspoon salt
For the dipping sauce:
  • 1 12-ounce jar chili sauce
  • 2 jalepenos, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
For the shrmp:
  1. In a large ziploc bag, combine all ingredients. Seal bag, and refrigerate for at least four hours or up to two days.
For the sauce:
  1. In a small bowl, combine ingredients; cover and chill up to three days.


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  1. Oooh, this look fabulous! Great game-day appetizer!

  2. Will have to try this! Shrimp, garlic and jalapenos are a great combo.

  3. I am very sad that the Cats lost that day….. But I am very glad that you posted this recipe!!! Looks sooo super yummy!

  4. they look fantastic! such a simple and great idea

  5. What kind of chili sauce do you use?

  6. What kind of chili sauce do you use?

    • For this recipe, I just used good old Great Value brand! You can find it right by the ketchup. I’ve tried it with name brand as well, and there is no noticeable difference. =)

  7. Ashley,
    I’ve been snooping around your Facebook page and clicked onto this blog. Great photography. This recipe looks as delicious as it is pretty! So nice to find your blog. P.S. I found you through Amy @ Fearless Homemaker. Love her blog too!

  8. Wow, this looks wonderful. One to try for sure.

  9. 3Diamonds says:

    I have tried this recipe and it is great. Its so easy! I made it for a Girls Nite Out and it was a big hit.


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