Shrimp cocktail recipe for the holidays
Shrimp cocktail recipe for the holidays

Making Restaurant-Style Shrimp Cocktail

If you’re anywhere near my age, you’ll remember going to restaurants and supper clubs with your parents, where one of the most elegant appetizers you could order was the shrimp cocktail.

There’s honestly nothing quite like a crisp, chilled shrimp with a zesty cocktail sauce, especially during the holiday season. I wanted to share one of my favorite seafood recipes with you, and make it possible for you to bring another festive dish into your home for the holidays.

If you prefer to cook along with a video, check out this step by step tutorial showing my Perfect Shrimp Cocktail…


Crab cake nicely plated
Crab cake nicely plated

Making Gourmet Crab Cakes at Home

Today, I’m sharing one of the most popular and well-known seafood dishes that belongs on every holiday dinner table: Gourmet Crab Cakes! Even just saying it, you might already be getting hungry, and forming a mental picture in your head. Getting comfortable preparing a gourmet crab cake recipe is a must for any seafood-loving home chef.

There are many crab cake recipes out there. But, I believe it’s best to keep it simple. So, I’m sharing the recipe I’ve used that has treated me–and thousands of my restaurant customers–very well over the past 30+ years.

The recipe is straightforward, and…


Shrimp Scampi, a classic seafood dish
Shrimp Scampi, a classic seafood dish

What is Shrimp Scampi?

Did you know that when you make a “Scampi,” it just means adding a lemon herb butter sauce? Normally, when people hear “Shrimp Scampi,” they automatically think of shrimp over pasta. Well, that is not always the case!

Something else that may interest you about Shrimp Scampi is the history behind its name. Scampi are small lobster-like crustaceans. So, “Shrimp Scampi” is actually a somewhat funny, nonsensical name for this dish, but it has stuck throughout history.

A New York Times cooking article talks about its history: “Italian cooks in the United States swapped shrimp for scampi, but kept both…

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