Shrimp Remoulade

Christmas Eve never got officially underway in our family until my mother arrived with her Shrimp Remoulade. I think everyone wished we could have it on other holidays as well, but it was understood, if unspoken, we'd only have it Christmas Eve. Mother served the remoulade in a particularly hideous plastic clam shell. It was huge. God it was a frightful thing......can't imagine where she got it. Anyway, when Mother got older and cooking anything at all got beyond her (it happens) I took over the responsibility. And although the clam shell was passed on to me, it mysteriously disappeared.

I don't make the remoulade as often as I used to which is strange because my boys especially love it. This year though, they are going to be surprised: we are going to a friend's home for Christmas Eve and the hostess is going to make it. Mother's recipe was included in a family cookbook I did a couple years ago and she has a copy.

Because I made the remoulade for a cocktail party last week, I took photos as I went along (The blogger's ongoing obsession with photos!) so I could eventually post it. It's always a big hit and while I suppose you could eat it right away, it really needs to sit in the fridge for 24 hours so the flavors can meld. We never serve it with crackers, just some pretty party picks placed nearby.

Mother's Shrimp Remoulade


3 pounds cooked shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 1/4 cups salad oil

1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons red hot pepper sauce
2 chopped hard boiled eggs, chopped fine
1 cup celery, small dice
1/4 cup parsley, minced
2 tablespoons scallions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon green pepper, small dice


Combine oil, vinegar, mustard, salt, paprika and hot pepper sauce in a bowl. Whisk briskly and then add remaining ingredients.

Add shrimp. Mix well. 

Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir often. We never served this with crackers, just had some pretty toothpicks alongside.


  1. I love shrimp!!!What a delicious recipe...the flavors are fantastic!Have a great weekend!

  2. I adore Remoulade sauce. And shrimp, of course. I propose that you find a pretty, porcelain clam shell to replace the hideous one. Then you can pass it on to your boys. I loved the story!

  3. Sounds good to me! My sister recently found our late grandmother's recipe for "Sailor Duff"- a steamed English cake, served with a simple sauce on top.. I'm going to make it for our gathering this year as a surprise for my brother- hasn't been made in 30 years!

  4. Sounds so good Barbara. Love the remoulade sauce.

  5. great dish he he and looks delish

  6. Barbara, this really sounds delicious. The sauce, especially, has my mouth watering.

  7. WOW ! I love remoulade and usually have it with fried Oysters...but this is unbelievable Barbara...! Can't wait to try it...looks so delicious !

  8. Erica: Yep- this is a really good recipe.

    TKW: I can't tell you how awful it was. Looks so much better in my square bowl!

    BD: Let me know how the Sailor Duff turns out- don't you love the old recipes? Your brother will love it!

    Elra: Me too!

    Rebecca: Glad you appreciate the bowl!

    Mary: It's a tasty appetizer.

    Nat: Thanks!

  9. Your story about the clam bowl is so funny - you could have kept it and passed it onto future generations! I'm a big fan of shrimp and this recipe looks truly irresistable. I love using family recipes that mean a lot to others - it's more special than just something from a cookbook so thanks for sharing!

  10. Hi Barbara,

    I loved the story of your Mother and the clam dish and how you have taken over the cooking now.
    The recipe sounds delicious and anything with shrimp is yummy.

    Have a great weekend

  11. You know what - I have also "lost" a few weird things my Mom has given me. haha! I love the idea of shrimp served cold - it is sooo hot in Sydney now and I like make ahead dishes - thank you for sharing your family recipe.

  12. What a delicious and full of flavor shrimp dish!!!

  13. Haha, the clam shell sounds very interesting :). This recipe looks great though.

  14. I'm sorry to hear the giant clam has "disappeared"...I would have liked to see it! ;) This recipe sounds fantastic, a really perfect addition to a festive Christmas Eve (or any holiday!) spread.

  15. this looks so good, i've never tried anything like it! hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!

  16. I think you have us all curious about the clam shell. So if is hiding in your garage, I think you'd better drag it out and take a picture for us.
    Thanks for sharing your family recipe it looks delicious.

  17. I absolutely love remoulade (I love anything mayo like and creamy) and I love shrimp so I know I'd adore this dish :)

  18. That looks very tasty and enjoyable! Yummy!



  19. Vanessa: And that bowl would probably have lasted several generations too!

    Carolyn:Mother is gone now, but she really did get to the point where she wasn't able to cook anything complicated.

    Trissa: It is actually an appetizer but it would make a great leftover lunch.

    Leslie: It really is!

    Anita: It was truly horrible looking.

    Faith: You bloggers are making me feel sorry I didn't take a photo before I made it disappear!

    Teresa: It's good. We had a nice holiday. Thanks!

    Mimi: Sorry, but it really is gone. Let's hope there isn't someone out there still using it!

    Lorraine: I do too and this recipe is yummy!

    Rosa: Thanks!

  20. This is a great party idea for the silly season. I love a good shrimp dish.

  21. I love this dish it is one of my favorites and your mother's recipe sounds divine. I am definitely adding this to my recipe binder.

  22. Oh I've never had this dish before but it sounds amazing!

  23. Yum! I love shrimp too. Funny how that clam shell disappeared ;)And I can definitely relate to the photo taking - sometimes when we eat my daughter asks" Mum, aren't you going to take a photo first?" Oh dear.

  24. Cakelaw: After seeing the traffic yesterday, I have to agree- it is the silly season.

    Bunny: Good! And for some reason men especially like this dish. But then they usually like shrimp anything!

    Simply Life: It's delicious!

    Shaz: Blogger photo taking is a normal course of events in this house. Oh dear is right!!

  25. I've never had anything like this before. I'd love to try. You are such a talented cook, I know this has got to be good. Hope you are having a fab weekend *kisses* HH

  26. I love everything with shrimp, I'd love to eat it all for my dinner! :) Looks really great!

  27. I love recipes with story and a history behind them. This sounds and looks delicious! What a great dish.

    And I would totally have loved to see that hideous clamshell dish. Haha.

  28. I've never tried a dish like this but look forward to eat. I hope you and yours enjoyed Thanksgiving!

  29. HH: I'm not nearly the cook my mother was! Having fun with my daugher this weekend!

    Chocolaty: I do too!

    Joanne: It was appalling!

    El: We had a great Thanksgiving, thanks!

  30. I enjoyed the story! What a great family recipe to pass onto your boys (maybe, with a new platter or bowl to serve it on :-) )

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  31. Hmm.. I have never had Shrimp Remoulade before but I think this would be perfect for our Christmas Eve Smorgasbord! It sounds delicious!

  32. Looks wonderful although I was hoping to see the clam!

  33. Velva: Pleased you liked the story and I agree about passing on family recipes...it's so important not to forget some of the tastiest dishes!

    Cheri: Perfect time to serve it.

    Foodie: Sorry, that dish is GONE. But I'm sure you can picture it. ;)

  34. I'm loving the flavors here with the paprika and Dijon mustard, such a delicious dish! Thanks for sharing this special family recipe!

  35. Oh my, I was looking for a new Christmas Eve recipe for shrimp..... I will give this a try!
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving me such a sweet comment!
    I love to visit your blog and read everything, recipes are like a glimpse into our lives at that moment, aren't they? I read cook books like novels, sad but true.....
    They seem to hold that fascination for me.
    Margaret B

  36. Yum, looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  37. I have pictures of that clam dish in my mind :) What a wonderful recipe, though! I'm going to save a copy and perhaps make it for our Christmas Day.

  38. We all love shrimp - this looks delicious!

  39. Barbara, omgosh! I am inlove with this. It looks sooo appetizing. Omg, I'm not even kidding you, I just want to make this in the middle of this night (well early in the morning). What a nice way to prepare shrimp. I love shrimp!

  40. Rebecca: You're welcome!

    Margaret: I feel the same way about reading blogs!

    Tricia: Thanks!

    Savoring: It's as bad as you are imagining!

    Lecia: I do too. Thanks!

    A & A: What a nice comment! So pleased this recipe appeals to you.

  41. Yum! That looks totally tasty! Perfect with a nice glass of wine.

  42. Barbara, I love the story of the clam shell! I'm laughing too about the blogger's obsession--Dan now asks me before he eats anything new if it's for eating or photographing!

    This recipe looks amazing. I love Shrimp Remoulade, but amazingly I've never made it--I never had a good recipe. Hmmm...no excuse now!

    Thanks for posting this.

  43. Love shrimp! This looks perfect for the holidays!

  44. Oh this looks divine! Our family is such huge fans of shrimp and I must say that I have never had Shrimp Remoulade. I can't wait to give it a try. Thank you for the recipe sweet friend!

    Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!!

    Love and hugs,

  45. Natashya: Absolutely right!

    Kate: We're all alike with our photo-taking! Are we becoming bores?

    Jessica: Thanks!

    Karyn: My family loves it- so will yours!

  46. I am a total shrimp lover...I would love to try and make this (and cross my fingers that it's not too spicy!)

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  47. This looks so tasty. Thank you for stopping by my blog - I really appreciated your comment. I shall be back to your blog - it's lovely. Lucie x

  48. I'm the same way with my Osso Buco recipe. I only make it on New Year's Eve and feel like I shouldn't make it any time else during the year...would spoil the tradition.
    I have a great Shrimp Remoulade recipe that I haven't made for a couple of years. It's more of a salad recipe. Will have to make it very soon. Thanks for the reminder. It's my fav.

  49. I can't eat it because it's shrimp...but I love that the hideous dish magically disapearred...

  50. I've heard of remoulade, but never knew what it was. Thanks for sharing your delicious shrimp recipe!

  51. I like shrimps...and the way that you prepare this dish sounds and looks absolutely delicious...the sauce is to die for :-)

  52. that sounds completely drool-worthy. Something about the holidays just really makes me think about mothers cooking.

  53. Phoenix: Try it. It's not spicy at all.

    Lucie: Thank you!

    Lea Ann: I think of this as an appetizer- although I know people have this for dinner.

    Duck: I figured you'd love the disappearing dish. Perhaps it's on Ladybug Island!

    Palidor: You're welcome.

    Julianna: I agree- it is delicious.

    Shannon: Me too!

  54. Sounds delicious! Love the ingredients in that mixture. Just imagine the flavour up with shrimps. mmm...mm....

  55. Barbara, this sounds incredible! What a terrific appetizer for any occasion. Thanks for sharing your Mom's recipe...

  56. That is such a great story about the plastic clamshell...wonder whatever happened to it:) The recipe also sounds delicious and I really relate to the obsession of photographing food. I know a dish is really good; however, if I forget to take a photo until it's half gone!



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