How To Make Mexican Shrimp Cocktails

For a refreshing and delicious seafood starter or summer supper, learn how to make Mexican shrimp cocktails. This simple dish is made up of spicy salsa topped with boiled shrimp, but it’s incredibly satisfying on a hot evening. You can even pile it on top of individual tortilla chips for a unique hors d’oeuvre. Once you learn how to make Mexican shrimp cocktails, you’ll be looking for any every excuse you can get to whip it up!

  • A large pot
  • Salt
  • A colander
  • 1/2 lb. large shrimp
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. diced jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 California avocado
  • Lime wedges (for garnish, optional)
  • 4 Margarita glasses or serving bowls
  1. You can use any kind of shrimp you prefer to make Mexican shrimp cocktails. However, it should be fresh, purchased from a reputable market or fishmonger, and should smell vaguely like the ocean. To cook the shrimp, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the shrimp, and, stirring them occasionally, cook them for about three minutes until they’re pink and just cooked through. Drain the water and let the shrimp cool, then remove the shells, leaving the tails attached if you prefer. Chill the shrimp for at least 15 minutes, until it’s cold.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the tomato salsa to make Mexican shrimp cocktails. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, scallion, garlic, lemon and lime juices, and season the mixture with salt and pepper. You can make the salsa for Mexican shrimp cocktails up to an hour in advance, letting it sit at room temperature. Just before you’re ready to make Mexican shrimp cocktails, dice the avocado and add it to the salsa.
  3. To make Mexican shrimp cocktails, get your Margarita glasses. Spoon equal portions of salsa into four glasses, and arrange an equal portion of shrimp on top of each. Garnish each dish with a lime wedge, and serve it immediately.
  4. You can make Mexican shrimp cocktails with other kinds of seafood to create similar dishes. Add a mixture of calamari, oysters, and scallops to make a campechana seafood cocktail, or use octopus, squid, crab, and shrimp to prepare vuelve a la vida, which translates as “return to life,” and is said to be named for its popularity as a hangover remedy.
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