Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

Juicy, succulent shrimp are ready in under the time it takes you to peel a plate’s worth. Once cooled, pair them with spicy cocktail sauce for a retro appetizer. Be prepared to win cocktail party fun fact of the night if you tell your guests you cooked shrimp in the microwave.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.


Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.

To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

7 mins

Cook Time

3 mins

Free Time

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For the Shrimp

  • 8oz (225g ) raw shrimp, shells removed and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (about half a lemon)
  • teaspoon salt

For the Sauce

  • ½ cup (130g) chili sauce or ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish, prepared or cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon tabasco sauce, optional


  1. Place the shrimp in the Anyday dish and season with the lemon zest and salt. Cover with lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes, or until the shrimp is pink and fully cooked, being careful not to overcook.
  3. Transfer the shrimp to a flat tray or plate and place in the fridge until completely cool.
  4. Mix the sauce ingredients until smooth, adjusting seasoning and spice to your taste.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Use some chipotle sauce instead of tabasco for a smoky alternative.
  • Enjoy with fresh celery or endive leaves for a retro appetizer.
  • Use pre-made cocktail sauce if you prefer.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.