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Coctel De Camarones (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail)

Coctel de Camarones or Mexican Shrimp Cocktail is a refreshing, cold dish bursting with flavor and texture. Crunchy vegetables, creamy avocado, and tender shrimp swim in the most delicious blend of vegetables, tomato juice, citrus, and spices.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 182kcal
Author Diana Reis


  • 1 Pound Frozen Cooked Shrimp salad/bay shrimp or medium shrimp
  • ½ Cucumber peeled and diced
  • 2 Avocados diced
  • ½ Red Onion diced
  • ¼ Cup Cilantro diced

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Juice

  • 4 Cups Vegetable Juice V8 or Clamato
  • 6 Tablespoons Lime Juice 3 Limes
  • 1 Carrot peeled
  • 1 Stalk Celery
  • ¼ Red Onion small chunk
  • ¼ Jalapeno seeded
  • ½ Cucumber peeled
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • ¼ Cup Cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce Mexican Style
  • 3 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper


  • Make the cocktail sauce/juice by blending vegetable juice, fresh lime juice, cilantro, carrot, red onion, celery, cucumber, jalapeno, hot sauce, oregano, chili powder, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper until completely smooth.
  • Defrost frozen cooked shrimp by placing in a bowl colander under running water for 5 minutes. Drain the defrosted shrimp and pat dry.
  • In a large bowl, combine shrimp, diced avocado, red onion, cucumber, and cilantro with a cup of cocktail sauce. Reserve the remaining cocktail sauce for assembling your shooters or cocktail glasses. (If you are going to serve this as a dip with chips, you can combine all of the sauce with the chunky ingredients, chill, and serve.)

Shooter and Cocktail Glass Assembly

  • Set up a station for assembling shooters or individual cocktail glasses. Line up your glasses, next to a bowl with hot sauce, a bowl with chili salt, the shrimp and vegetables, and the cocktail juice in a pourable container.
  • Rim the shot glasses or cocktail cups by dipping the glasses in Mexican hot sauce and chili salt.
  • Add the marinated Mexican shrimp cocktail to the glasses, then pour extra Mexican cocktail sauce over the top.
  • Serve as shooters or in larger glasses for individual servings. Add a few wedges of lime and saltine crackers for the perfect summer dish.


How do you prepare frozen cooked shrimp?
Most types of cooked shrimp come fully ready to eat. They need to be defrosted properly to be healthy and maintain a good texture. They can be placed in the refrigerator for an hour and then placed into a colander and rinsed. They can also be quick defrosted by placing in a colander and running cool water over them for about 5 minutes. 
How long does Coctel De Camarones (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail) last?
The whole cocktail mixture can be kept refrigerated for 1-2 days. After that, the acids in the cocktail sauce soften the texture of the shrimp. However, the juice can be made up to a week in advance. You can make the juice well ahead of serving and just add the shrimp and avocado a half an hour before serving. 
Expert Tips
  • Serve Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Safely.
  • It is important to start with Mexican shrimp cocktail that has been well chilled. It should reach the refrigerator temperature which needs to be under 42°.
  • If you are serving shooters, do not put all of the cups out at one time. Instead, make them up as you go or place premade shot glasses into the refrigerator and refill the serving area as needed. 
  • When doing a large serving you can put your serving bowl down into a pan of ice to keep salsa cold, or you can put out a small amount at a time and put out a new bowl when needed.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1581mg | Potassium: 655mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2536IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 2mg