Quick Appetizers: Spicy Lemon Shrimp

Quick Spicy Lemon Shrimp

Shrimp cocktail is a classic appetizer. This version adds loads of flavor, using lemon, Dijon mustard, garlic, and red pepper for an extra edge. It’s sure to be a hit, whether you’re serving guests at a party, or your own crew on TV night at home.
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Seafood


  • 50 medium shrimp peeled and deveined.
  • 2 lemons juice & zest
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes


  • Add the shrimp to a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a simmering boil at a medium setting. Cook for about 5 minutes – until they are just pink.
  • While they cook, add the lemon zest and juice to a bowl, along with the mustard and crushed garlic. Mix together.
  • Add the red onion, and stir.
  • Now, add the olive oil in a steady drizzle, whisking constantly as you do.
  • When the shrimp are ready, drain them quickly, and add them to the dressing while they are still warm so the flavors blend well.
  • Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  • To serve, you can pat them dry if you like, or leave them a little moist, and thread them through toothpicks to form rounds.
  • Arrange on a tray and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
Keyword Lemons
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