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Bloody Mary Shrimp appetizer


In keeping with the bridal shower theme of “cocktails and cupcakes” the wine barrel in the entry was decked out with seltzer bottles, cocktail shakers, flowers arranged in silver mint julep cups, and ice buckets, and of course, cupcakes.

Today’s recipe was the most popular of the appetizers served at Megan’s Bridal Shower.

spoon appetizer

I’ve been making this appetizer for years in various incarnations. If I remember correctly, it came from Gourmet Magazine some 10 years ago.

You can buy Chinese soup spoons at Asian markets, on Amazon, or at Cost Plus World Market.  They are not only perfect for this recipe but great for all sorts of appetizers and little dessert tastes.

 bloody mary shrimp spoons

Bloody Mary Shrimp Spoons


  • 1 pound medium shrimp in the shell, deveined
  • 4 large (outer) celery ribs, diced
  • 6 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons bottled horseradish, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Chinese soup spoons
  • Diced avocado or cilantro sprigs, for garnish
  • Arugula or mixed greens

Shrimp: Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add shrimp, then remove from heat and let stand in water until cooked through about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and cool to room temperature, then peel. Cut shrimp into pieces just a bit larger than the diced celery.

shrimp, celery and onion

Place in a medium bowl and add the celery and green onion.

Sauce: In another bowl, whisk together the ketchup, vodka, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco. Add the salt and pepper, to taste.

Assemble: Just before serving, stir the sauce into the shrimp mixture.

add sauce

mix together

Spoon into each Chinese soup spoon and arrange spoons on a platter that is lined with greens. Garnish with diced avocado or cilantro sprigs, if desired.

spoon appetizer

Makes about 70 shrimp spoons

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1 vjaapaz { 02.10.15 at 9:50 AM }

So yummy!

2 Marissa { 02.10.15 at 10:04 AM }

This looks incredible! Can you make this for our wedding brunch!?

3 Linda Hopkins { 02.10.15 at 10:06 AM }

Oooh, yes! Perfect for the brunch! I gotta get me some more spoons! xoxo

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