A shrimp ring is a classic favorite at many parties or other gatherings. What could be better than a perfect circle of arranged pink chilled shrimp, with a cup of red cocktail dipping sauce in the center? Shrimp rings are a common sight at many of my family’s holiday celebrations, and for good reason. They’re delicious, fat free, low in calories and carbs, and high in protein.
Aldi sells a frozen shrimp ring for most of the year as an everyday Regular Buy. It has plenty of small shrimp and a decent cocktail sauce, and in my local store it costs around $7.
However, if you want to up your shrimp ring game, Aldi also sometimes sells a frozen shrimp ring with larger shrimp. That’s what I’m looking at today.
Specially Selected Premium Cocktail Shrimp cost $8.99 for 16 ounces (12 ounces of shrimp, 4 ounces of sauce) at the time of publication. This is about $2 more than the everyday shrimp ring Aldi sells. The tradeoff is that you’re paying more for fewer but bigger shrimp.
These shrimp are cooked in the shell, with the tails left on. They’re ready to eat and only need to be thawed and served. They’re Best Aquaculture Practices certified, and the shrimp were farm raised and are a product of India.
The cocktail sauce contains water, tomato paste, sugar, horseradish, fructose syrup, vinegar, salt, modified starch, soybean oil, spices, color, xanthan gum, granulated onion, and natural and artificial flavor.
If you’re watching out for allergens, naturally, this contains shrimp (crustacean shellfish). It also contains soy.
There are four servings per container, with about 20-22 shrimp per container. One serving (about six shrimp) has 100 calories, no fat, 110 mg of cholesterol (36% DV), 440 mg of sodium (19% DV), 8 grams of total carbohydrates (3% DV), and 18 grams of protein.
You can thaw the shrimp ring overnight or do a quick thaw method.
To thaw overnight, place the shrimp ring on a leakproof dish and thaw in the refrigerator. (Do not thaw on the counter or at room temperature.)
To thaw quickly, remove the plastic dome and sauce cup. Place the sealed sauce cup and sealed platter of shrimp under running cold water for 10-15 minutes or until thawed.
Store the thawed shrimp and sauce in the refrigerator and use within 24 hours.
These shrimp were fantastic. They’re large and plump with lots of tender meat. The cocktail sauce is good, too. In fact, I think the sauce in this shrimp ring is better than the sauce that comes in the everyday Regular Buy frozen shrimp ring Aldi sells for less money. There was plenty of sauce in this premium shrimp ring, too. In fact, when all the shrimp were gone, the sauce cup was still almost half full, so this is a good option if you’re serving it to people who really like to dip their shrimp. The only downside to this shrimp ring might be that it’s not the cheapest one Aldi sells, but it’s a good one.
Specially Selected Premium Cocktail Shrimp come in a ring with a generously sized cup of cocktail sauce for dipping. These shrimp are excellent. They’re large and tender, and they’re perfect for serving at any kind of special gathering or occasion.