Spicy Seafood Cocktail - Carolina Country

Spicy Seafood Cocktail With NC wild-caught shrimp

3.8/5 rating (4 votes)
Spicy Seafood Cocktail

This is one of those recipes where exactness isn’t important — use all of one seafood or whatever combo you like. Go with your favorite vegetables and what’s in season. Whether a light snack, brunch, lunch or supper, this cocktail will cool you off on a hot summer day.


Spicy sauce

  • 2 quarts favorite Bloody Mary mix* or V8
  • 1 bunch green or red onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch radishes, roughly chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1–2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 4 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • Zest of 1 lemon, lime, orange and juice of ½ each (Cut the remaining halves into wedges for guests’ cocktails.)
  • Cracked black pepper

Seafood mixture

  • 2 pounds North Carolina wild-caught shrimp
  • 1 pound bay scallops
  • 6 small lobster tails, chopped
  • 2 firm avocados, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro


  • ½ pound lump crabmeat
  • Cilantro


  1. Combine and chill the spicy sauce ingredients.

  2. A few minutes before serving, add about four pounds of cooked shellfish of your choice (or use our suggestions above) and gently stir in the avocados and cilantro.

  3. Sprinkle with crabmeat and more cilantro.

*We used NC’s Bruce Julian Bloody Mary Mix.

Browned Butter Crackers

A seafood/cracker match made in heaven

Seasoned with a touch of Old Bay, these Savory Bay Crackers keep perfect company with the Seafood Cocktail.

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Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at WendysHomeEconomics.com.

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