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Potted Shrimp Recipe

Potted Shrimp Recipe
What is Potted Shrimp?

Potted shrimp is a classic British dish that involves cooking shrimp in spiced clarified butter and then sealing them in a pot. It results in a rich and flavorful spread that can be served on toast or crackers.

This recipe makes approximately 4 servings, but it can be easily adjusted based on your needs. It's a rich dish, so a little goes a long way.
Here's a simple potted shrimp recipe:

Potted Shrimp Recipe:

  • 1 pound (450g) small brown shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup (225g) clarified butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


Prepare the Shrimp:

Ensure the shrimp are peeled and deveined.

Clarify the Butter:

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Skim off the foam and milk solids from the top. The clear liquid remaining is clarified butter.

Cook the Shrimp:
  • Add the shrimp to the clarified butter in a saucepan.
  • Cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes until the shrimp turn pink.

Add Spices:
  • Stir in the mace, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add the lemon zest and juice. Mix well.

  • Spoon the shrimp and butter mixture into small pots or ramekins.
  • Allow it to cool slightly before refrigerating for at least a few hours or until set.
  • Serve the potted shrimp on toasted bread or crackers.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.
  • Quality of Shrimp: Use fresh, high-quality shrimp for the best flavor.
  • Clarifying Butter: Clarifying the butter is essential to prevent the spread from becoming greasy.
  • Adjusting Spice: Adjust the amount of spices and lemon to suit your taste preferences.
  • Presentation: Consider serving in small, individual pots for an elegant touch.
  • Storage: Store the potted shrimp in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Enjoy your delicious homemade potted shrimp!

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