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Easy Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Easy Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Recipe - bursting with the most delicious Mexican Flavor of jalapeño, tomatoes, avocados, lime and hot pepper sauce. Perfect Shrimp Cocktail Recipe for Christmas party or Cinco de Mayo. 
Prep Time17 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Holiday Recipe
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Love Keil


  • 1 lb large raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup ripe tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato & clam juice cocktail (Clamato Juice) store-bought or homemade-recipe below
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup freshly sueezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro + more for serving chopped
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 1 large ripe avocado chopped

Clamato Juice Recipe

  • 1 cup tomato juice unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup clam juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Clamato Juice Recipe

  • To make homemade Clamato Juice, combine all ingredietns in a jar. Mix well with spoon. Cover and refrigirate until ready to use.

How to Cook Raw Shrimp

  • To cook raw shrimp, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once water starts boiling add shrimp and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a plate to cool.
  • Reserve 5-7 shrimp for garnish, by placing them on a plate, covering with plastic wrap and placing them inside the fridge until ready for use.
  • Chop the rest of the shrimp into tiny bite-size pieces.

How to Make Shrimp Cocktail

  • In a mixing bowl, wisk until everything is combined - Clamato juice, ketchup, lime juice, cilantro and hot sauce to taste.
  • Into this bowl add cooked chopped shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber, jalapeno & red onion. Gently mix until ingredients are well combined.
  • Cover and chill inside the fridge for about 1-3 hours before serving. Right before serving stir in 1 chopped avocado. Serve inside clear glass. Garnish with reserved cooked shrimp and cilantro. Enjoy!


  • Thaw frozen raw shrimp in a cold water or by placing the bag in the fridge over the night. 
  • Feel free to buy already cooked shrimp for this recipe and thaw them in the cold water.
  • Feel free to purchase store bought Clamato Juice at your local grocery store (I prefer making mine from scratch).
  • If you like celery, add 1/2 cup of finely chopped celery to the Shrimp Cocktail, for that extra kick. 
When YOU make this Easy Shrimp Cocktail Recipe PLEASE take a picture and email it to [email protected] and I will feature it under this recipe.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1540mg | Potassium: 1782mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 3493IU | Vitamin C: 127mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 3mg