Sharing potted shrimp

Sharing potted shrimp

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Prep: 5 mins Plus chilling


Serves 4
Potting shellfish in a cayenne and mace-flavoured butter is a surprisingly simple fish starter that's great as part of a sharing platter

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal529
  • fat52g
  • saturates33g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein14g
  • salt2.1g
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  • 250g pack unsalted butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 280g cooked and peeled small brown shrimp
  • ¼ tsp ground mace
  • 2 good pinches cayenne pepper
  • juice ½ lemon



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  1. Melt the butter with the bay leaf in a pan or in a bowl in the microwave for 1 min. Add the shrimps, mace, a good pinch of cayenne pepper, the lemon juice and some seasoning. Mix everything together well.

  2. Tip the mixture into a shallow soufflé or gratin dish, or a jar, put the bay leaf on top and sprinkle with a pinch extra cayenne. Chill for at least 2 hrs, or up to 3 days before serving.

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Comments (7)

dreamweaver's picture

Amazing on hot toast! I used it as one of three starters on Christmas day and lasts long after. Careful to ensure all shrimp don't sink to the bottom and well mixed in :)

badoky's picture

this is a great,. site for cooking.. thanks for posting this recipe, i love it, its great,. looking at it makes me drool already,. cant wait to try this, if only i have the ingredients..\

sallymoonbeam's picture

I bought my brown shrimps at Sainsbury's (two packs for £6.00) and this is a really good recipe! My husband loves potted shrimps - a memory from earlier days - and this does not disappoint.

steveelaine's picture

hi you can get them from DONALDSON`S in kings lynn norfolk

steveelaine's picture

hi you can get them from DONALDSON`S in kings lynn norfolk

rozat33's picture

Where can I buy packs of shrimp ?

rachykay's picture

Used this recipe as part of a seafood sharing platter on Christmas Day! Went down a storm!

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