An ice bowl is a spectacular way to display and serve shrimp or any cold seafood for a cocktail party! Here I will show you the step by step instructions s so you can create one yourself!
After I shared my Beach Ball Themed cocktail party I had some questions about how I made the ice bowl for my shrimp cocktail. I have found this is the best way to make an ice bowl to serve cold shrimp without much effort for a party.
Make the bowl:
Begin by finding a large bowl and one that is smaller that will nest inside the other. I thought these were the ones I would use, but at the last minute I replaced the small bowl. You will not want to use glass bowls, as there is always the potential for them to break. If you have stainless steel bowls, those would be ideal!
You will set the smaller bowl inside the larger one, put duct tape across the top to hold it down and keep it from floating and then pour your cold water into the larger bowl. You may put room temperature water inside the smaller bowl to help keep it from floating. Don’t put too much water in the inner bowl so that it rises up when it freezes and comes over the edge of the smaller bowl.
You may add lemon slices like I did, just slip them down inside the water along the sides of the larger bowl. Some methods suggest adding ice cubes to the water but they would not fit between my bowls.
Place bowls in the freezer.
Here it is when I took the bowls with the ice out of the freezer.
After allowing the bowls to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, the center bowl came out cleanly.
Invert the bowl on a platter or baking sheet. Leave for a few minutes until the bowl slides gently off of the ice. Don’t use hot water trying to unmold your ice, or you crack it. Your ice bowl is not going to melt significantly in this amount of time.
Your ice bowl:
You have an ice bowl! Gently turn over your bowl and you are ready to fill it and serve!
If you don’t have enough seafood to fill your bowl, you can still add some ice, cubes or crushed to the bottom of the bowl as a nest for your shellfish. You may choose to serve up your shellfish right on a platter like this and show off your bowl. I knew my party would go late and I didn’t want to worry about any melting, so I rested my bowl down in a large serving bowl. I needn’t have worried, it hardly melted at all throughout the evening.
Serve up the shrimp cocktail:
Serve up this classic appetizer with some lemon wedges and a bowl of cocktail sauce for a cocktail party favorite that all of your guests will enjoy! Try this for your next party!