Potted Shrimp

Jason: 3.5 stars
Nicole: 3.5 stars
Elliott: Thumbs Down


  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 7 tbs unsalted butter


For this dish it calls for 1 lb of shrimp.  You can either cook and chop up shrimp, or do as we did and buy a pound of the cocktail, bay shrimp or shrimp meat variety.  We picked up some previously frozen at Market of Choice in Eugene.

Making the Recipe

This was a really easy recipe to make, and we used the one that Mimi Sheraton gives in the book “1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die”.  We mixed the spices in with the previously cooked shrimp meat and slowly melted half of the butter with the shrimp in a skillet.  After packing the mixture into four ramekins, we melted the rest of the butter and poured it on top.  We wrapped the ramekins with plastic wrap and placed in the fridge for a few hours.

Nicole made a nice side salad and some toasted bread.  We then turned a ramekin upside down to remove the potted shrimp and served it.

Americans try potted shrimp



I thought that this was a nice appetizer.  I like shrimp and this dish had a nice creamy flavor, as it should,given it was shrimp potted in butter.  The cayenne gave the dish a nice heat.  For appetizers I think I still would prefer shrimp cocktail, but this was fun to make and try.


Shrimp is one of my favorites, so this was a dish I anticipated enjoying.  I was turned off a bit at the amount of butter, while butter does make just about everything better I’m not sure about the shrimp meat.  At first I was skeptical about the nutmeg, but due to not having mace this was our best bet without heading back to the store.  I haven’t used nutmeg outside of baking really, but I was impressed with the flavor. Along with the cayenne, it had a couple different levels of heat.  I could’ve done without the hardened butter but overall I agree, a nice appetizer and likely better served closer to room temp than right out of the refrigerator.

Will Kids Like It?

Elliott normally does like shrimp, but he didn’t care for this dish.  I think it was mainly because of the cayenne, he tends to refuse anything “spicy.”  Miles didn’t seem to mind it.  I wonder when Miles will start to develop his dislike for anything.