I'm making food for an afternoon cocktail party (20 people) and was thinking to do shrimp cocktail. I'm planning to make the cocktail sauce myself but a friend suggested just buying a bag of Trader Joe's pre-cooked shrimp and thawing it in cold water or in the fridge... Does anybody have any experience with doing this? How is the taste/texture?
I've never made shrimp cocktail before and I understand that the traditional method is to boil raw shrimp and then put them in an ice water bath to chill/stop cooking. But since I'm cooking so much other stuff for the party, the idea of cleaning a bunch of raw shrimp (which I have never done before!) is a bit intimidating. Also I wasn't sure how much in advance you can buy/clean and cook the shrimp, so the idea of using frozen pre-cooked ones appeals because I can just thaw them the night before (right?)