Roasted Shrimp Tasting Spoons with Two Sauces

I just love little bites.  Little bites, small plates, tasting plates, anything that is not of major proportion.  This is the way we should always eat in my opinion!  One of the reasons I dislike eating out is because of the amount of food they give you for a serving-its like they encourage us to gorge and get fat!  Its my opinion, one serving is enough to feed two if not 3 comfortably.

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Appetizer style eating really is so appealing and is becoming a whole lot more popular lately.  You can eat a little of this or that and not feel super stuffed.  I love a lot of variety but I don’t love how much you get when you want to try more than one thing.   So, the places that are popping up that are offering the small plates are places I am a whole lot more interested in going to.
Which brings me to this post.  Have you seen the new tableware at Pier 1?  They have this new (well, new to me anyway) collection called the “tasting collection”.  When I first saw it on their website I went crazy.  I knew I wanted some of these cute little dishes.  Unfortunately I can’t afford to buy them in the sets but fortunately they do offer some of them individually!  I bought myself 3 of these cute little tasting spoons and a couple each of some other minis that you will see pop up on my blog here in the next few weeks.
The first thing I decided I was going to do was roast some shrimp and offer them up with a couple of different sauces.  One being a traditional cocktail sauce and the other a thousand island sauce.  Oh how cute these are!  I sometimes wish I could be a weekend hostess for fancy parties held at my fancy home and serve these fancy little bites.
I made this while Grumpy was off hunting and had something else ready for him to eat when he got home.  He had recently told me he was tired of shrimp (who gets tired of shrimp?!).  I didn’t mind when he told me he was tired of pork chops because I never cared much to make them anyway.  That is why you don’t see many pork chop recipes around here any more.  I really don’t care to have that happen with shrimp because I tend to like it!  This was perfect for a little meal and I had a small salad to compliment.  The spice from the pepper and the sweet from the ketchup in the horseradish sauce as well as the 1000 Island sauce really made it yummy!

Roasted Shrimp Tasting Spoons with Two Sauces

printable recipe

1 lb medium raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place shrimp in ceramic roasting dish and toss with salt, pepper and lemon juice and bake until shrimp is no longer pink.

Thousand Island Dressing (Grumpy’s favorite!)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper

Stir ingredients together until blended.  Store in refrigerator.

Cocktail Sauce
2 Tablespoons grated horseradish
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
6 tablespoons ketchup
Fresh lemon juice

Stir ingredients together until blended.  Store in refrigerator.  


  1. says

    I totally agree–small portions, less calories–and that means you can eat more, right? 😉
    The thing that blows me away with restaurant sized portions is that I can eat maybe 1/4 of it and by that same time my husband is usually done with the whole thing!

  2. says

    What a great way to serve shrimp at a party. Makes it easier to visualize how much you're eating – and I love the idea of roasting the shrimp – must more flavorful than just cooking it in water.

  3. says

    What gorgeous pictures! I love appy style servings because you can try different dishes without overdoing it. And you're right about the portions when eating out…there's always so much!

  4. says

    I never tire of shrimp either! These look like something out a magazine – so irresistible! I love Pier 1 but try to stay out of there for my bank account's sake.

  5. Anonymous says

    I too went crazy when I saw all the new tasting dishes. I was able to buy a dozen of each type at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Their price is inexpensive & if you use their coupon on each you can afford to buy alot. Now I need more recipes so I can use the tasting spoons more.

  6. says

    The sauces sound delicious and I love this idea for serving shrimp just for any family dinner. The kids love when we serve food in a different way. Thanks so much for sharing.

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