Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

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Learn how to make this Mexican shrimp cocktail or Coctel de Camarón at home, ideal for the Lenten season but delicious on any day of the year, especially on hot days. A gluten-free and low-fat recipe.

Mexican shrimp cocktail in a glass with saltines at the side

This Mexican Shrimp Cocktail is one of those refreshing, yummy dishes that you can find in almost all seafood restaurants in Mexico. But is so easy to make that many families prepare it at home.

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What is Mexican Shrimp Cocktail?

Also known as coctel de camarón, it’s a delightful combination of shrimp, lemon juice, vegetables, and tomato sauce that is served cold.

Some variations are made with tomato juices like V8 or clamato and paired with hot sauces. Some are very liquid, and others are thicker.

Some have vegetables like cucumber and celery; others are simpler by serving the shrimp in the tomato sauce.

My recipe is the one made by one of my cousins, it does not contain any juice, and the sauce is made with a combination of ketchup and fresh vegetables, a true delight.

serrano pepper, cilantro, tomatoes, lime juice, onion, salt shaker and ketchup on a wooden table.

The lime juice’s acidity creates a perfect balance with the ketchup’s sweetness, and together they create a fresh and sweet and sour sauce.

It can be as spicy as you like. Many people add a combination of hot spices to the sauce. We like to put serrano pepper in it.

If your family is not a fan of spicy foods, you can add a little jalapeno pepper for flavor or bell pepper to add texture without the heat.

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About Shrimp

The type of shrimp for the cocktail is of your particular taste, giant, medium, or small.

In this recipe, we will use the cocktail shrimp that is small and is already precooked and clean, but no matter what size you buy, the most important thing is that you get home with the freshest you can find.

three types of shrimp on top of a rectangular plate

Some of you may ask, “can I use frozen shrimp?” My answer will always be the same, of course, you can! Just try to defrost them just before preparing them by following the instructions on the package.

In the previous photo, you will see that the first one is the small cocktail shrimp; the middle one is frozen, clean, and precooked; while the latter is frozen and clean but raw.

If you can buy the deveined shrimp; if not, you will have to clean it first. Let’s make it!

Mexican shrimp cocktail in a glass topped with avocado and a slice of pepper. Coctel de Camarón

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

6 portions

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb cocktail shrimp (approx 750 gm)
  • 1 cup of Ketchup
  • 2/3 cup lime juice (300 ml)
  • 5 roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • Cilantro, a large handful, chopped
  • 1 serrano chile finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Equipment

Process

Make the sauce.

Chop finely tomatoes, onion, serrano pepper and cilantro.

chopped onion, cilantro, peppers and tomatoes

Mix the ketchup, salt, and lemon juice. Add the vegetables, stir well, cover, and place in the refrigerator.

Prepare the shrimp.

Pour water into a medium bowl, add a teaspoon of salt, stir and heat until boiling.

Add the shrimp and cook for about a minute. * Please do not overcook them because they will get tough. As soon as they shrink a bit, become rounder and take on more vibrant color, take them out of the water.

cooked shrimp on top of a tomato sauce.

Drain, rinse with cold water immediately to stop cooking and pour over the prepared sauce.

Serve immediately with crackers and avocado slices. For a gluten-free option, serve with toast instead of crackers.

Important Notes

If you are using raw shrimp, the cooking time will be a little longer; however, remember that shrimp cook very quickly and change from grayish to pale pink in seconds or minutes. In this case, about 3 minutes.

If you want it spicier, add another serrano pepper. If you want it a little less spicy, use a jalapeño pepper instead of the serrano pepper.

You can make a variation by adding finely chopped cucumber, celery, or jicama.

Buen Provecho!

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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Learn how to prepare Mexican Shrimp Cocktail at home. This is a delightful combination of shrimp, lemon juice, vegetables, and tomato sauce that is served cold. A gluten-free and low-fat recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6 portions
Calories: 218kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb cocktail shrimp approx 750 gm
  • 1 cup of Ketchup
  • 2/3 cup lime juice 300 ml
  • 5 roma tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 small white onion finely chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • Cilantro a large handful, chopped
  • 1 serrano chile finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Utensilios

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Medium bowl
  • Small pot
  • Cups or bowls for serving

Instructions

Make the sauce.

  • Chop finely tomatoes, onion, serrano pepper and cilantro.
  • Mix the ketchup, salt, and lemon juice. Add the vegetables, stir well, cover, and place in the refrigerator.

Prepare the shrimp.

  • Pour water into a medium bowl, add a teaspoon of salt, stir and heat until boiling.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for about a minute. * Please do not overcook them because they will get tough. As soon as they shrink a bit, become rounder and take on more vibrant color, take them out of the water.
  • Drain, rinse with cold water immediately to stop cooking and pour over the prepared sauce.
  • Serve immediately with crackers and avocado slices. For a gluten-free option, serve with toast instead of crackers.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 286mg95%
Sodium 1638mg71%
Potassium 563mg16%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 708IU14%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 188mg19%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Fish & Seafood
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Lactose
Keyword: how to make Mexican shrimp cocktail, lenten recipes, Recipes for lent, recipes with shrimp
Author: Silvia

Notes

If you are using raw shrimp, the cooking time will be a little longer; however, remember that shrimp cook very quickly and change from grayish to pale pink in seconds or minutes. In this case, about 3 minutes.
If you want it spicier, add another serrano pepper. If you want it a little less spicy, use a jalapeño pepper instead of the serrano pepper.
You can make a variation by adding finely chopped cucumber, celery, or jicama.

This shrimp cocktail recipe has been updated on February 24, 2021. This is the original photo taken in March 2013.

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Dear Silvia, thank you for your easy recipe. This shrimp cocktail seems to be delicious. 
Could you give me another option for change the Ketchup? We will do this Mexican shrimp cocktail next weekend.

Cinthia Valencia

Uff esto se ve una delicia sin duda. Este Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe está perfecto para hacerlo un fin de semana. Lo voy a intentar, muchas gracias

Sofía

Me encanta este coctel de camarón mexicano o shrimp cocktail me parece perfecto para disfrutar durante la cuaresma y el aguacate tiene que darle el toque perfecto

Sandra Brito

Love this shrimp cocktail, The cuban recipe is a bit different but I guess the mexican version will gain my heart! ❤️❤️

Paula Zelaya

OMG this looks so good Silvia! With an avocado 🥑 it would taste amazing. Love shrimp cocktail, it’s one of my favorite foods.

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