Faux Shrimp Cocktail


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Continuing with the appetizer theme for the weekend, I wanted to share one of my favorite veggie appetizers. You use the seasoning for a crab boil two season cauliflower and dip and cocktail sauce and it’s really kind of fool you into thinking that you’re having shrimp cocktail!  Super low in calories too!



  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry crab boil seasoning (such as Zatarain’s or Old Bay)
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 2 yellow onions, quartered
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 3 lemons, halved crosswise
  • 2 1-pound heads of cauliflower, cored, trimmed into 2″ florets
  • Cocktail sauce


  1. Preparation
  2. Combine crab boil, salt, onions, garlic, and 6 quarts water in a large pot. Squeeze juice from lemons into pot and add lemon halves. Set pot over high heat and bring liquid to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes to let flavors meld. Using a slotted spoon, remove onions, garlic, and lemons from broth; discard. Return liquid to a rolling boil.
  3. Add cauliflower; turn off heat, cover pot tightly, and let stand until cauliflower is crisp-tender, 5–10 minutes. Drain; spread out cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet and let cool completely.
  4. Arrange room-temperature or chilled cauliflower on a platter with cocktail sauce for dipping.
  5. DO AHEAD: Cauliflower can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

Additional notes

Nutritional information One serving contains: Calories (kcal) 29.2 %Calories from Fat 0.0 Fat (g) 0.0 Saturated Fat (g) 0.0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 5.9 Dietary Fiber (g) 2.5 Total Sugars (g) 2.3 Net Carbs (g) 3.4 Protein (g) 2.2 Sodium (mg) 34.1

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