Minty Crispy Shrimp w/Minty Basil Cilantro Tomato Cocktail Sauce

July  3, 2012
2 Ratings
  • Serves 2-4
Author Notes

This is a seriously cool bar snack that goes great with super ice cold beer or a refreshing gin fizz (such as my minty orangey soda with gin added!). I actually...ahem!..."borrowed" the basic premise from chef Michael Symon. However, this is my own riff on his idea. Happy eating and Bon Appetit!!! —gr8chefmb

Test Kitchen Notes

The crispy shrimp were excellent -- we ate the entire plate in one sitting. But the cocktail sauce is the real, original star here. It's nicely balanced, with all of the ingredients playing well together, but it's still subtle enough to let the mint shine through. It's a perfect complement to shrimp -- but we want to eat it on everything else, too. —Food52

What You'll Need
  • Minty Basil Cilantro Tomato Cocktail Sauce
  • 1 half of a small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1-2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons citrus zest (can be all lemon, lime or orange or a combination of all three)
  • 3 tablespoons citrus juice (can be all lemon, lime or orange or a combination of all three)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups catsup
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoons pepper sauce (optional)
  • Crispy Shrimp
  • peanut, canola or vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 2 pounds peeled shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups
    1 tablespoon all purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup ginger ale
  • 3/4 cup seltzer water
  • 2-3 citrus fruits [may be mix of lemon, lime and navel orange], ends trimmed (plus extra lemon and/or limes, quartered for garnish]
  • fresh chopped cilantro, mint and or basil for garnish
  1. Minty Basil Cilantro Tomato Cocktail Sauce
  2. Place onion, garlic, horseradish, cilantro, mint, basil and olive oil in food processor or blender; pulse 4-5 times to chop ingredients. Process until fairly smooth after adding zest, juice, honey and catsup. Pour into a serving bowl and season with salt and pepper. If desired, cocktail sauce can be spiced up with pepper sauce to taste. [This step can be done up to 2 days in advance; store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Recipe may be doubled or tripled, but prepare in several batches.]
  1. Crispy Shrimp
  2. Place a Dutch oven on the stove over medium heat and add enough oil to come up 3 inches on the sides. Heat oil to 350 degrees F on a deep frying thermometer.
  3. Place shrimp in a large bowl and toss with coriander, mint, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup of flour to coat.
  4. In another large bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, ginger ale and seltzer water to form a batter. Add floured shrimp to batter and toss to coat.
  5. Use a spider or slotted spoon to transfer shrimp to hot oil and cook shrimp until crispy and golden brown, approximately 2 minutes, carefully stirring to ensure shrimp don't clump together. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel-lined baking sheet; season with salt.
  6. Use a mandolin or sharp knife to thinly slice citrus fruit. Toss sliced fruit with remaining cornstarch and flour. Add fruit to hot oil and fry for 1 minute; drain on paper towel. Mound shrimp and fruit on serving platter, sprinkle with fresh chopped herbs and serve with cocktail sauce. [Recipe may be doubled or tripled, but fry in batches, allowing oil to come back up to temperature, adding more oil as necessary.]
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2 Reviews

ChowBella76 July 25, 2012
The cocktail sauce is addicting. I tested this recipe out over the weekend. I loved the batter for the shrimp, in fact it would be great for chicken too.
savorthis July 19, 2012
Ginger ale! What an interesting alternative and I just love battered citrus. Definitely want to try this.