Mexican-Style Shrimp Cocktail


You can pretty much get Mexican food like tacos and burritos in just about any corner of the country these days. However, Mexican Shrimp Cocktails don't seem to have caught on elsewhere as they have in the Bay Area. Here's my version--you can adapt your own recipe using the listed ingredients and amounts as a rough guide.

4 servings


  • 1 cup clam juice

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 ¼ cups peeled, seeded, diced ripe tomatoes

  • 1 cup diced English cucumber

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • ½ cup finely diced red onion

  • 2 tablespoons seeded and diced jalapeno peppers

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish

  • Mexican-style hot sauce, to taste

  • 1 large Hass avocado, cubed


  1. Place clam juice and oregano in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and stir just until shrimp turn pink and are not quite cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Reserve liquid. Let shrimp cool to room temperature.

  2. Place chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, red onion, and jalapenos is a mixing bowl. Add ketchup, cooking liquid from the shrimp, lime juice, cilantro, and hot sauce. Gently mix until ingredients are well blended.

  3. Chop shrimp into bite-size pieces, leaving a few whole for garnishes. Stir chopped pieces into the vegetable mixture. Wrap mixing bowl with plastic wrap. Place reserved shrimp in a bowl; wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate shrimp cocktail and reserved shrimp until thoroughly chilled, 2 to 3 hours.

  4. If mixture seems a bit thick, add a little tomato juice or pickle juice. Stir in avocado cubes. Serve, if possible, in clear glass bowls. Top with reserved whole shrimp and some cilantro leaves.

Chef's Note:

You can substitute 1 1/4 cups quartered small cherry tomatoes for the diced tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
12g Fat
23g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 174mg 58%
Sodium 690mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 37mg 184%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 962mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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