Sharing potted shrimp

Potting shellfish in a cayenne and mace-flavoured butter is a surprisingly simple fish starter that’s great as part of a sharing platter

  • Prep:5 mins
    Plus chilling
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 529
  • fat 52g
  • saturates 33g
  • carbs 1g
  • sugars 1g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 14g
  • salt 2.1g


  • 250g pack unsalted butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 280g cooked and peeled small brown shrimps
  • ¼ tsp ground mace
  • 2 good pinches cayenne pepper
  • juice ½ lemon


  1. Melt the butter with the bay leaf in a pan or in a bowl in the microwave for 1 min. Add the shrimps, mace, a good pinch of cayenne pepper, the lemon juice and some seasoning. Mix everything together well.

  2. Tip the mixture into a shallow soufflé or gratin dish, or a jar, put the bay leaf on top and sprinkle with a pinch extra cayenne. Chill for at least 2 hrs, or up to 3 days before serving.

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