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Coctel de Camarones (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail)

A much-loved Mexican version of shrimp cocktail that includes tons of fresh veggies.

Course Starters
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword shrimp cocktail
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chilling time 30 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Marta Rivera

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail off
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tajín classic seasoning
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 large red onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 medium jalapeño, minced
  • 2 medium avocados, diced
  • 2 medium limes, juiced
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican hot sauce optional
  • 2 12 ounce bottles Clamato juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

To Serve

  • tortilla chips
  • saltine crackers

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F and lightly oil a sheet pan with vegetable oil.

  2. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer on the sheet pan and sprinkle Tajín over them. Give the shrimp a quick toss to coat them and roast them for 8 minutes, or until pink and curled.

    After the cooking time has elapsed, remove them from the oven and allow them to come to room temperature on the counter.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced celery, cucumber, the minced red onion, garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, avocado, and lime juice. and add that to your bowl, as well.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the ketchup, horseradish, hot sauce (if you're using it), and Clamato juice.

  5. Gently fold the cool shrimp into the bowl of veggies, then add the tomato sauce. Season the mixture with the salt.

    Refrigerate the cocktail for 30 minutes before serving, or until ice cold.

  6. Serve your Coctel de Camarones with Home Fried Tortilla Chips or saltine crackers.

Recipe Notes

Keep the shrimp cocktail refrigerated for up to one day.

The acid from the lime juice and tomatoes will continue to cook the shrimp and they will grow tougher the longer they sit.