Sure, I can provide you with a recipe for a Mexican Shrimp Cocktail. This delightful dish, also known as “Coctel de Camarones,” is a popular appetizer in Mexico, featuring a tasty combination of fresh shrimp, zesty tomato sauce, crisp vegetables, and a hint of spice. It’s perfect for a summer day or as a festive starter for any occasion.
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe
- 1 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup tomato juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1 medium avocado, diced
- 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Hot sauce (like Tabasco) to taste
- Tortilla chips or saltine crackers, for serving
Prepare the Shrimp: If the shrimp are not already cooked, boil them in salted water until they turn pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes. Then, drain and let them cool.
Mix the Sauce: In a large bowl, mix together the ketchup, tomato juice, and lime juice. This forms the base of your cocktail sauce.
Add the Flavors: Stir in the chopped cilantro, red onion, diced cucumber, and jalapeño (if using). Mix well to combine.
Combine with Shrimp: Add the cooked shrimp to the sauce mixture and toss gently to coat. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce to your liking.
Chill: Refrigerate the shrimp cocktail for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Add Avocado: Just before serving, gently fold in the diced avocado.
Serve: Serve the shrimp cocktail in individual glasses or a large bowl. It can be garnished with extra cilantro or lime wedges if desired. Accompany with tortilla chips or saltine crackers on the side.
Enjoy this refreshing and flavorful Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, a perfect appetizer that is sure to be a hit with your guests!