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A local restaurant has this on the menu. We usually share it as an appetizer, but sometimes I order it for my meal. It's very tasty! Recipe looks easy - I will make this as an appetizer for one of our upcoming taco dinner nights.


Want to shake things up? Make a saucy Coctel de Camarones, the classic Mexican shrimp cocktail with shrimp, hot sauce, celery, onion, cucumber, avocado, and ketchup

 

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

 

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PREP TIME20 mins
COOK TIME15 mins
TOTAL TIME35 mins
SERVINGS4 to 6 servings
 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, raw or cooked

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 cup chopped red onion

  • 1 cup peeled, diced cucumber

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery

  • 1 jalapeno, minced

  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped OR 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 to 4 tablespoons hot sauce, such Crystal or Tabasco, to taste

  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks

 

Method

  1. Peel, devein, and cook the raw shrimp (if using):

    If you have pre-cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp you can skip to the next step. If you are working with raw shrimp, peel and devein them

     

    If you have a little extra time and want your shrimp to be extra good, put the shells in 6 cups of cool salted water, bring to a boil, then strain the shell stock into a separate pot and cook the shrimp in that liquid.

    If you want to skip that step, just bring a medium pot salted water to a boil (a Tbsp salt for 2 quarts of water), add the shrimp, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until just cooked through. Reserve a cup of the cooking water and chill it.

     
  2. Cut half of the cooked shrimp into chunks:

    Cut half of the shrimp into large chunks, leaving the other half whole (for a more attractive presentation).

     
  3. Toss the shrimp with other ingredients, chill:

    Put the chopped shrimp in a bowl with the chopped onions, cucumber, celery, jalapeño, tomatoes, ketchup, cilantro, lime juice, and hot sauce. Gently stir to combine. Chill.

     
  4. Add some cooled shrimp cooking water:

    Once the cooking water has cooled at least to room temperature, add a little at a time to the shrimp cocktail, until the shrimp cocktail is the consistency you want (use clam stock or lightly salted water—a third of a teaspoon of salt dissolved into a cup of water—if you are starting with already cooked and peeled shrimp).

     
  5. Stir in the salt, hot sauce, avocado:

    To serve, add salt and more hot sauce to taste and gently mix in the chopped avocados. Dip the whole shrimp in the cocktail and arrange them on top.

    Serve in parfait glasses or in small bowls with tortilla chips on the side.


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@Chi-town girl   You always share the tastiest looking food and drink recipes.  Thank you!

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@SloopJohnB I agree but    ....too much work !  LOL

 

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This looks and sounds phenomenal.  However, I agree with @fthunt .

I am afraid that this has way too many steps for me to make it at home.

Hopefully some enterprising company will sell it frozen and a quick defrost would be straight up my alley!  Beef stew is as complicated as I ever get!!

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@SloopJohnB wrote:

@Chi-town girl   You always share the tastiest looking food and drink recipes.  Thank you!


Thank you @SloopJohnB  ☺️ 


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Would be well worth the effort for me!

 

thanks @Chi-town girl 

 

copied and saved!!!

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@Chi-town girl 

 

This looks AMAZING!!!

 

I could make this my dinner too!!!

 

Thank you for sharing!

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@ChiliPepper @RespectLife - you can use cooked frozen shrimp as a shortcut. 

I don't consider chopping veggies as a bad thing or a waste of time, but I guess sone would rather eat processed foods and use the 'saved' time to post snark on the forums 😉


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@Chi-town girl 

 

I usually make things like this when I'm home on the weekend.

 

I usually chop veggies for several different recipes at a time so it's no big deal to me.

 

Onions, garlic, celery, peppers... Use them all the time in all kinds of dishes.

 

One or two onions could be for a soup, a dip, a stir fry. It won't go to waste.

 

Again, thanks for posting this, it's different & exciting!

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@Chi-town girl 

@ChiliPepper 

 

Darn, I wish I had shrimp!   LOL

 

I would love this for a light lunch at work.