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.

Chef John
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

268 calories; 11.7 g total fat; 174 mg cholesterol; 690 mg sodium. 22.8 g carbohydrates; 22.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2016
Hi Chef John, Great recipe I'm a Mexican Chef well done and you are a GREAT Chef , Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2016
Hi Chef John, Great recipe I'm a Mexican Chef well done and you are a GREAT Chef , Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2016
Hi Chef John, Great recipe I'm a Mexican Chef well done and you are a GREAT Chef , Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2018
This is perfect to bring to any party/gathering and I love that I can pretty much make it the night before (waiting to add the avocado right before serving). I used juice from half an orange in addition to the lime juice and it was perfect. This will be one of my staples from now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2017
Absolutely delicious Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2018
Made as instructed best cocktail I have had! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2017
Do yourself a huge favor and make this shrimp appetizer! It is wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2018
This was pretty good! I think I may have added too much cucumber BC it tasted a little watered down. And next time I ll add more avocado! I mean ya can t go wrong w more avocado!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2019
This has become a staple in our house made this several times and will make it again when our daughter's family visits from Vermont this Easter weekend. So good and very filling this is an entre not an appetizer. Serve with flour and corn tortillas I prefer corn tortillas!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2019
Oh. My. GAWD!!! This was delicious. I didn’t think there would be anyway I would love this style of shrimp cocktail better than the other kind I had been eating all of my life but boy, was I wrong! I couldn’t find any clam juice anywhere, so I had to use Clamato. It was spicy so I omitted the cayenne pepper, and I added a little garlic salt that had parsley in it in addition to the parsley (because we are garlic lovers). Everything else I followed to a T. I made a huge bowl of it, thinking it would last but it was gone in 24 hours with just 3 of us eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! This is easily my favorite recipe I have found in years. Not to mention that aside from the ketchup, it is a pretty darn healthy meal (and snack) for anytime of the day. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2018
This was the best shrimp cocktail ever! Served with warm naan bread and called it dinner. Perfect for summer! Read More
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