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Zesty Potted Shrimp Recipe from Zacry's 

The chefs at Zacry’s in Watergate Bay share their modern take on a British classic.

Zacry’s Restaurant overlooks the beach at Watergate Bay, with a view of warm golden sands and a sparkling horizon. Just like its location, its menu is tied to the sea, with a breadth of delectable seafood dishes and traditional seaside favourites. 

One of its most popular dishes is a fresh twist on a British classic: potted shrimp. Succulent brown shrimps are infused in clarified butter, spices and lemon zest, then placed on a soft, home-made crumpet. 


For the crumpets:
  • 500ml semi-skimmed milk 
  • 10g dried yeast 
  • 10g caster sugar 
  • 3g bicarbonate of soda 5g table salt 
  • 300g strong flour 
  • 50ml sunflower oil  
For the potted shrimp:
  • 250g peeled brown shrimp 
  • 300g salted butter  
  • 1tsp ground mace 
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 lemon 
  • 50g chives, finely chopped 
  • Salt to taste  



  1. Dissolve the sugar and yeast in tepid milk. Allow to froth for approximately 20 minutes.  
  2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt together into a bowl. 
  3. Pour the milk over the flour and whisk together until smooth, and the mix resembles double cream. 
  4. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and allow to prove for 45 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface. 
  5. Grease 4x 8/10cm rings with the oil and place into a medium-hot greased frying pan. 
  6. Stir the mix and pour into the rings, to a depth of 10mm. 
  7. Cook the crumpets for 5 minutes until holes start to appear on the top.  
  8. Turn the crumpets and cook for a further 1 minute to colour and set the tops. 


Potted Shrimp

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat.  
  2. When melted, pour off the clarified butter and discard the milk remaining at the bottom. 
  3. Clean the pan and pour the clarified butter back in.  
  4. Add the spices and finely grated zest of half the lemon to the butter. Allow it to infuse for 10 minutes before adding the shrimp. 
  5. Check for seasoning, adding salt and lemon juice as necessary.  


Preparing your own potted shrimp and crumpets is surprisingly easy, and makes a wonderful brunch, starter or savoury layer to your afternoon tea. 

Alternatively, reserve a table at Zacry’s, in their beautiful new location, right on the sea wall at Watergate Bay. Eating shrimp by the sea: is there a better way to spend a long, laid-back afternoon? 

We’re partnering with Watergate Bay to offer you two nights at Watergate Bay Hotel, dinner at Zacry’s, a surf lesson and a £1000 Seasalt gift card. Here’s how to enter our Cornwall summer competition. 

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