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Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (Coctel de Camarones estilo Mexicano)

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1 hr 45 mins
Vadim Rachok
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Indulge in the mouthwatering blend of juicy chopped tomatoes and succulent shrimp with a zesty kick of jalapenos and hot pepper sauce. This refreshing Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe is perfect for summertime and is elevated by a splash of clam juice. The flavors complement each other perfectly, resulting in a dish that is bursting with 5-star flavor.

This Mexican Shrimp Cocktail is a symphony of vibrant flavors, combining the freshness of tomatoes, the succulence of shrimp, and the bold kick of jalapenos and hot pepper sauce. The infusion of lime juice and clam juice elevates it to a refreshing and sophisticated dish, perfect for warm summertime gatherings. The balance of textures and the medley of ingredients create a culinary masterpiece that promises to be a hit on any occasion.

how to make Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

How to Make Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

This shrimp cocktail recipe is an exquisite blend of succulent and spicy flavors that’s sure to elevate any party to the next level. Follow the step-by-step instructions given below to create this top-rated recipe and get ready to impress your guests with an unforgettable taste experience.

  1. Start by combining lime juice, onion, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Let the mixture rest for at least 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the shrimp, vegetables (except avocado), and the lime-onion mixture.
  2. Combine the shrimp with tomato and clam juice, pepper sauce, ketchup, cilantro, avocados, and onions. Chill for an hour before serving.

Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

What to Serve With Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Coctel de Camarones is a fresh dish that pairs well with salads and smoky meats. Try it with zesty grilled corn or spicy chorizo hash for a perfectly balanced flavor.

Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe

How to Store Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp cocktail is most delicious the same day it’s made, but cooked shrimp will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Store in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic for best results.

To freeze Mexican shrimp cocktails, portion out small servings and place them in plastic bags. Minimize exposure by placing the bags in an airtight container. Thaw and gently reheat the shrimp on the stovetop.


A fantastic appetizer recipe that makes a wonderful snack or addition to any main meal at any gathering and fits almost any dietary plan (except vegan, of course). This recipe is particularly great for those aiming to lose weight and monitor calorie intake. It provides everything for quality satiation and maintaining a beautiful figure, as well as nourishing your skin. High-quality and easily digestible protein from shrimp helps preserve muscle mass and satisfy hunger without extra calories. The healthy fats from avocado calm the nervous system and help you feel energetic and satisfied for hours. I can even recommend this appetizer as a full dinner option for weight loss because it effectively satisfies and nourishes the body, preventing you from going to bed hungry (which is crucial for weight loss).

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Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (Coctel de Camarones estilo Mexicano)
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
I love making this delicious shrimp cocktail for my family, especially during hot summer days. Being a Mexican family, we always add Mexican hot sauce and serve it with saltine crackers on the side. To make the perfect cocktail, it's important to start with well-chilled shrimp, ketchup, and tomato juice cocktail. After chilling for only one hour in the fridge, it will be ready to serve. If you want to give it a bit more kick, you can add more hot sauce and avocado slices to taste. Enjoy!
the best step by step Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail recipe
Prep Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
Ingredients you will need
⅓ cup Spanish onion, chopped
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 pound chilled cooked medium shrimp - peeled, deveined, and tails removed
2 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
1 cucumber, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 ½ cups chilled tomato and clam juice cocktail (such as Clamato®)
1 cup chilled ketchup (such as Heinz®)
1 bunch fresh cilantro - stems discarded and leaves chopped
2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (such as Valentina®)
2 avocados - peeled, pitted, and chopped
Let’s start !

1 Collect all the necessary ingredients.


2 Mix chopped onion with lime juice and let it sit for 10 minutes.


3 Meanwhile, combine shrimp, diced Roma tomatoes, cucumber, celery, and diced jalapeno in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, and toss until well combined.


4 Combine tomato and clam juice cocktail, ketchup, cilantro, and hot pepper sauce in a separate bowl. Add to the shrimp mixture and stir well.


5 Gently fold in diced avocados and stir in the onion mixture. Cover and chill for at least an hour.


6 Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4 Calories: 410
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g21%
Saturated Fat 3g13%
Cholesterol 221mg74%
Sodium 2626mg114%
Total Carbohydrate 42g15%
Dietary Fiber 9g33%
Total Sugars 21g 
Protein 29g 
Vitamin C 49mg244%
Calcium 114mg9%
Iron 6mg31%
Potassium 1349mg29%

* 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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For an extra layer of complexity, consider marinating the shrimp in the lime-onion mixture for an extended period, even overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and infuse the shrimp thoroughly, enhancing their taste and tenderness. The result is a Mexican Shrimp Cocktail that reaches new heights of deliciousness. Don't rush the marination process—let time be your ally in achieving culinary perfection!

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