Classic Mexican-Style Shrimp Cocktail


Immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors of Mexico with our Classic Mexican-Style Shrimp Cocktail. This refreshing appetizer combines succulent poached shrimp with a zesty tomato-based sauce, infused with fresh lime juice, cilantro, and a hint of chili. Served chilled, it's not only a feast for the taste buds but also a colorful addition to any meal or gathering.

Classic Mexican-Style Shrimp Cocktail

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 cup

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 180 kcal
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Sodium: 300 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • Large shrimp (400 g / 14 oz), peeled and deveined
  • Tomato juice (240 ml / 8 fl oz)
  • Ketchup (60 ml / 2 fl oz)
  • Fresh lime juice (30 ml / 1 fl oz)
  • Cucumber (100 g / 3.5 oz), diced
  • Avocado (100 g / 3.5 oz), diced
  • Red onion (50 g / 1.75 oz), finely chopped
  • Fresh cilantro (15 g / 0.5 oz), chopped
  • Jalapeño pepper (10 g / 0.35 oz), minced (optional)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Cook Shrimp: Boil the shrimp in salted water until pink and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. Chill in ice water, then drain.
  2. Sauce Mixture: In a bowl, mix tomato juice, ketchup, and lime juice.
  3. Combine Ingredients: Add the cooked shrimp, cucumber, avocado, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeño (if using) to the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Chill: Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to allow flavors to meld.
  5. Serve: Garnish with extra cilantro and lime wedges.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Shrimp Quality: Use fresh or properly thawed frozen shrimp for the best texture.
  • Flavor Enhancement: Let the cocktail chill for a few hours for a deeper flavor.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve in cocktail glasses for an elegant presentation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use pre-cooked shrimp?

Yes, but fresh shrimp tend to have a better texture.

How long can I store this shrimp cocktail?

Keep refrigerated and consume within 2 days.

Can I make it spicier?

Yes, add more jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce.