Spicy Gazpacho Shrimp Cocktail

by R.B. Quinn and Min Merrell

For a fantastic spicy gazpacho, shrimp cocktail get the big 4-pound bag of raw deveined shrimp with tails intact at Costco. Beautiful shrimp are a quick thaw away and just minutes from fully cooked status on a grill, in a sauté pan, or in a pot of spiced up boiling water.

Here’s the Cheater Chef trick for adding a little ocean-fresh flavor to frozen shrimp — drop as many shrimp as you’d like in a big bowl of cold water with two tablespoons of kosher or sea salt added per quart of water. Let the shrimp thaw and brine for a couple of hours. Or, brine thawed raw shrimp for an hour before cooking. After a little brine, they’ll taste a bit more like you’re enjoying a fresh breeze off the coast. 

Beyond saltines and nose-tingling cocktail sauce, Spicy Gazpacho Shrimp Cocktail is a keeper for warm weather entertaining whether you’re at the beach or not. The shrimp are bathed in a spicy tomato broth among chunks of creamy avocado and crisp cucumber. Serve it as a terrific first course before the steaks come off the grill or as a classy light lunch with the gals. 

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