Potted shrimp


by: Maria Bella

Potted shrimps are a traditional Lancastrian dish made with brown shrimp flavoured with mace. The dish consists of brown shrimp in mace-flavoured butter, which has set in a small pot. Cayenne pepper and nutmeg may also be included. It is traditionally eaten with bread. The butter acts as a preservative.


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serves: 6

1/2 cup (100 g) butter

2 pieces of blade mace

1 large pinch of cayenne pepper

Freshly grated nutmeg

2 1/2 cups (600 ml) peeled, cooked, tiny cocktail or bay shrimp

6 tablespoons Clarified Butter

Nutrition Facts
Potted shrimp

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount per Serving

Calories: 224

  • Total Fat: 19.6 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 11.9 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 183.1 mg
  • Sodium: 577.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 0.9 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
  •     Sugars: 0 g
  • Protein: 11.2 g

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1.  Put the butter, mace, cayenne pepper, and a little grated nutmeg into a pan and let melt very slowly over a gentle heat, so that the butter becomes infused by the spices.

2.  Add the peeled shrimp and stir for a couple of minutes until they have heated through, but don't let the mixture boil.

3.  Remove the mace, then divide the shrimp and butter among six small ramekins. Level the tops. Cover and leave them to set in the refrigerator.

4.  Spoon a thin layer of clarified butter over the surface, then let set once more. Serve with plenty of brown toast or crusty brown bread.

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