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Feb 17, 2011 11:12 AM

Eating Shrimp Cocktail in an Acceptable Manner

You are eating shrimp cocktail at an upscale steahouse. The shrimp are large and tasty. Think Morton's, Capital Grill, Smith and Wolenskys, etc. You take a shrimp off the platter, glass, dish, whatever and begin to eat. Is it okay to take each shrimp with your hand and take three or so bites or should you take a shrimp from the platter and cut it up with your knife and eat the portions with your fork. Or is acceptable to use either method? What say you, Hounds?

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  1. I say - eat it how you like to!

    I suppose it does depend on your dining companions - ie - fork with work colleagues, fingers with family.
    (I don't think other diners or staff would care to notice how you were eating your shrimp)

    For my taste, I would choose a knife and for with shrimp cocktail, because I do enjoy eating certain foods better with utensils.
    I don't want shrimpy smelly fingers, and I enjoy the taste/texture sensation of the shrimp when it is cut neatly, a sopposed to a big chomp of it.

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    1. re: NellyNel

      With family.....hands.....hand to mouth

      With friends or business concerns........serving utensils.....once on plate hands or utensils......but I would lean towards the latter myself.

    2. I would pick up the shrimp. It has a handle, right? Must be there for a reason. I pick up oysters, also, 'cause they're served on their own little plate.

      1. OMG--1st are you male or female? It matters...but never take the shrimp from the serving dish to another will look ridiculous if anyone is watching. (incase your a girl) just eat it with your fingers and make sure you triple dip it (mindful of the horseradish, you don wanna blow just a taste on the first dip.haha) . Oh and if the shrimp are really big and may want to ...oh never mind I forgot what I was sayin... just eat the damn thang already...and if your not payin get another one..However if your a guy...shut up and try not to look stupid. peace out

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        1. I personally think it would be ridiculous to take a knife and fork to shrimp cocktail, but you should eat your shrimp cocktail in a way that's most enjoyable to YOU. For me the best part of having monster shrimp cocktail is the experience of biting into the thick juicy flesh, which would be completely lost if you pre-cut it with knife and fork. It bums me out that people are so often sensitive about the 'proper' way of eating things. You paid for the food, and the only proper way to eat IMO is the way you want to.

          The ONLY thing I ask is, please remember there's also meat in the shelled tail area of the shrimp! It bugs the crap out of me when I see people leave huge chunks of uneaten meat on shrimp cocktail...those shrimp died for a reason people, at least eat all the meat!

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          1. re: joonjoon

            I personally think it would be ridiculous to take a knife and fork to shrimp cocktail

            Especially if they use "shrimpy" shrimp !!!

            1. re: monku

              superlative adjective.....nice.

                1. re: monku

                  that's an oxymoron......tiny shrimp would be more appropriate.....small, small

            2. re: joonjoon

              "please remember there's also meat in the shelled tail area of the shrimp! "

              This is exactly the reason I eat shrimp cocktail with knife and fork. I use the fork to anchor, and insert the knife tip inside the tail and "flick" it to split the tail off, so I can eat the WHOLE shrimp.

              Then, at that point, I've already got my knife and fork in hand, so I might as well use them: to cut the shrimp in half, dip a piece, eat, repeat.

              I'm just not interested in using my fingers to pry off the last bit of shell. Not at a nice dinner, anyway.

              1. re: lhooq

                "I'm just not interested in using my fingers to pry off the last bit of shell"

                I've never had to do this with shrimp. Pinch the top and bottom of the shell until it cracks and the tail meat should slide out cleanly with the last bite.

                1. re: DarkRose

                  or gently bite down at the very end and the meat will disengage from the shell

                  1. re: DarkRose

                    My strategy is to bite down on the last tail joint to release the meat. Comes right out with your last bite this way.

                    I serve shrimp cocktail now after COMPLETELY removing the shell for this i can use the tail shell for making shrimp stock, and don't have to get pissed off at people for not eating the tail meat. :D

                  2. re: lhooq

                    I see no reason not to eat the tails as well, I enjoy the crunch...

                    1. re: lhooq

                      Well crap, I do. We're seafood-starved in the southwest and the best little bite is the section before the tail. I will not pass that by no matter what. I can do it fairly tidily, if you don't like what I'm doing please look elsewhere. It;s not like i'm licking my plate.

                  3. A shrimp cocktail is finger food. Eat it with your fingers. You'll look like Costanza if you use a knife and fork.


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                    1. re: Davwud

                      But who cares if I look like Costanza?!
                      If I truly enjoy eating my shrimps with a k & F - - what's it to you guys???

                      1. re: NellyNel

                        They' re crazy of course......:0)

                        1. re: fourunder

                          Actually, Fourunder - I just got it!


                        2. re: NellyNel

                          If I saw you eating a shrimp cocktail with a knife and fork I'd get a good laugh out of it.

                          As far as your question about who cares, as long as you don't it really doesn't matter. You're the only one who should so if you're comfortable with it, do it.


                          1. re: NellyNel

                            If that's what you want to do, go for it! I thought the OP was just shy about eating shrimp cocktails with a k&f. If you like it, go for it.

                          2. re: Davwud

                            Or Jake & Elroy a la Blues Brothers!!!