Shrimp Cocktail

Sept 16 2019

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail or Coctel de Camarones, is one of my favorite appetizers.  It works well for warm-weather menus as well as any other time as it’s light, healthy and yet filling.


I originally found this recipe from The Defined Dish, but have modified it slightly for our tastes.


I love the flavors of  the shrimp mixed with a tomato-based sauce.  It’s citrusy and a little spicy (you can add more jalapeño and hot sauce if you like it spicier), but most of all it tastes so fresh!


I love it as a starter to any meal.  I also love it as a light lunch.  I especially love it by the spoonful right out of the fridge!

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail


Serves 4-6


1 pound medium-large cooked peeled and deveined shrimp

1/2 cup Ketchup 

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 tbsp fresh orange juice

1 tsp salt

1 tsp hot sauce (Valentina, Cholula, or Crystal)

1/2 cup celery, finely diced

1 cup red onion, finely diced

1 cup cucumber, peeled and diced

1 large and ripe tomato, diced (with the juices)

1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced

1 large hass avocado, cubed

Fresh ground pepper

In a bowl, combine Ketchup, line juice, orange juice, hot sauce, minced garlic, 1 tsp salt.  Whisk to combine and set aside.

Chop about 3/4ths of your pre-cooked shrimp (discard tails) and place the rest of the shrimp in the fridge and reserve for later.  Place chopped shrimp in a large bowl with the celery, red onion, cucumber, tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro. Toss gently to combine.

Add in the ketchup mixture and stir gently to combine.  Add in some fresh black pepper and toss once more to combine.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to chill (it keeps well overnight, too!) .


When about ready to serve, cube the avocado and add it to the mix.  Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

Serve in a small glass dishes, dip whole shrimps in the sauce then dangle them on the sides of the glass for looks.  Garnish with extra cilantro leaf and serve with tortilla chips or crackers. 

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