Low FODMAP shrimp cocktail

Low FODMAP shrimp cocktail

This Dutch shrimp cocktail is a real classic! Here in Holland it is probably one of the most served starters for Christmas dinner. It is very simple: lettuce, shrimps and cocktail sauce, but most people love it and it is quick to make.

I had never made a low FODMAP shrimp cocktail with homemade cocktail sauce before, so it was time that I gave that a try. That’s what I did for this recipe! 

I think this shrimp cocktail is an ideal starter for a dinner because it is so easy to make. You can prepare the cocktail sauce beforehand and then preparing the starter only takes 5 minutes. Easy ánd yummy! 

Making low FODMAP cocktail sauce

I thought it was quite difficult to make cocktail sauce from scratch. Before I ate low FODMAP, I always bought it in the store, but it is actually really easy to make.

It tasted exactly how I remember cocktail sauce should taste. You whip 60 ml lactose-free whipping cream until it is half stiff with a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper.

Then you stir in 3 tbsp mayonaise and 2 tbsp ketchup and optionally 1 tbsp whisky. You season this with some pepper, salt and lemon juice and voilà, you have made cocktail sauce. 

I didn’t have any whisky at home, so I left this out. Also without whisky, the cocktail sauce tastes great. So if you serve this dish to kids or want to make it alcohol-free for another reason, you can easily leave the whisky out. 

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Low FODMAP shrimp cocktail

Low FODMAP shrimp cocktail

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  • Author: Karlijn
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 4 1x


Low FODMAP shrimp cocktail! A super simple, but delicious shrimp cocktail. Gluten-free and lactose-free.


  • 75 g (1 cup) iceberg lettuce, in thin slices
  • 200 g (7 oz) Dutch shrimps or cocktail shrimps
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) lactose-free whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp mayonaise
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • Optional: 1 tbsp whisky
  • A splash of lemon juice
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Fresh parsley


  1. Whip the whipping cream with a pinch of salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper until half stiff. Stir the mayonaise, ketchup and optionally whisky through. Taste and season with pepper, salt and a little lemon juice.
  2. Divide the lettuce over 4 glasses and put the shrimps on top.
  3. Scoop the sauce on top of the shrimps. Garnish with some chopped parsley and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Category: Starter
  • Method: Whipping
  • Cuisine: Dutch


  • Serving Size: 1 serving (1/4)
  • Calories: 177
  • Sugar: 2
  • Fat: 14
  • Carbohydrates: 3
  • Protein: 10

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