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Cóctel de Camarones (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail)

Cóctel de Camarones – this delicious Mexican shrimp cocktail is packed full of flavor! The cold and spicy seafood, crisp cucumber and creamy avocado combo is insanely delicious yet easy to make!

Large glass filled with coctel de camarones

This Mexican appetizer is especially refreshing on a hot day.

Or, serve in fancy glasses on a special occasion like Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking for authentic cóctel de camarones you’re in the right place!

It’s so incredibly easy to make since the only thing you need to do is chop ingredients.

As with all recipes, everyone has their own special way of doing things a little differently.

This recipe is pretty basic, but I think it’s the best! All of the ingredients can be adjusted to your taste (more or less spicy, sweet, sour, etc)

I’ve also included some other ingredients you may like to add.

Saltine cracker with Mexican shrimp cocktail on top

Cóctel de camarón ingredients

  • Shrimp – you can use any size you want. I like to use small ones or chop up big ones so there are pieces of shrimp in every bite.

They need to be cooked, peeled, shelled and deveined. You can also buy precooked shrimp already prepared.

  • Onion – white is preferred but yellow/Spanish onion or red will do as well
  • Jalapeños or serrano peppers – use serrano if you want some spice!
  • Cucumber – I peel mine since the skin can be bitter sometime, but you don’t have to
  • Tomatoes – Roma tomatoes are preferred, but whatever’s available will work
  • Cilantro – use more or less to taste
  • Clamato juice – it’s like tomato juice but with a briny tang. You could also use V8 juice
  • Ketchup – this thickens it up, but also adds some sweetness so add to taste
  • Avocados – they should be nice and ripe
  • Limes – I use 2 limes in the cocktail and serve extra on the side
  • Hot sauce – use your favorite. We like Valentina, Tapatío and Cholula. Let people add their own if some people don’t like it spicy.

Produce and ingredients for coctel de camarones

Other ingredients:

  • Orange soda – some people say shrimp cocktail with orange soda is their secret ingredient. They will fight you on whether Orange Crush or Orange Fanta is the best.

I’ve tried adding it before and it’s personally too sweet for me. If that’s how you roll then go for it! Or you could use the juice of a fresh orange to jazz things up.

  • Celery – adds a nice crunch
  • Garlic – great flavor

If you have other ingredients you like to add to yours, please comment below!

Chopped ingredients for coctel de camarones in a prep bowl

How to make cóctel de camarones

Prepare the shrimp if they’re not already prepared.

Chop all the vegetables and add to bowl, except for the avocado.

Add the liquids – Clamato, ketchup, lime juice, etc – and stir everything together.

Large glass bowl of coctel de camaron

Taste and adjust ingredients to your liking, then gently stir in the avocado. You don’t want the avocado to dissolve.

Cover and refrigerate until chilled. The flavors will develop and blend together.

Serve with saltine crackers, tortilla chips, or my personal favorite – tostadas!

For other Mexican fiesta favorites be sure to check out my Mexican corn in a cup, ice cold agua de jamaica and picadillo recipe for easy tacos!

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Two glasses filled with coctel de camarones

Large glass filled with coctel de camarones

Cóctel de Camarones (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail)

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cóctel de Camarones (Mexican shrimp cocktail) and cold and spicy with crisp cucumber, creamy avocado. Insanely delicious yet easy to make! Serve with crackers or tostadas.


  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups clamato juice
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • Saltine crackers, tostadas or tortilla chips, for serving


  1. In a large pot of water, boil shrimp for 4 minutes, or according to package instructions. Drain and plunge in cold water to stop cooking process. Peel, remove tail and devein, if not already done.
  2. In a large bowl mix together shrimp, onion, jalapenos, cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro, clamato juice, ketchup, lime juice. Season to taste with hot sauce, salt and pepper. Gently fold in avocados.
  3. Cover and chill until cold and flavors are blended. Serve with crackers or chips, extra hot sauce and limes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 1415mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 8gSugar: 15gProtein: 26g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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Friday 12th of August 2022

Horseradish, for a little kick


Wednesday 3rd of August 2022

Going to store to get ingredients. Really hunger for this. Looks soooo good.

Betty H.

Thursday 10th of March 2022

This was my first time making cóctel. I am glad I chose your recipe since it was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it. My hubby kissed me thanking me for this great treat. From now on, I will be making it at home since he liked it better than any he has tried before. It brought memories of when I was younger and ate this in my home town of Tijuana!

Jeff the Chef @ Make It Like a Man!

Thursday 11th of February 2021

This looks completely refreshing!

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