Coctel de Camarones

Coctel de Camarones

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2011

This classic Mexican shrimp cocktail is usually served as a starter, but makes a quick, refreshing main dish on a busy night. Add some of your favorite hot sauce for extra kick. You can eat it immediately or chill it for up to 4 hours if you prefer it colder. Serve with: Warm corn tortillas or cheese quesadillas and your favorite hot sauce.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound cooked small shrimp (70-90 per pound; see Tip), tails removed (about 1½ cups)
  • 1½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1½ cups diced English cucumber
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1½ cups spicy or regular V8 juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges for serving


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  1. Combine shrimp, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, avocado, V8 juice, lime juice, pepper, salt and cilantro in a large bowl. Serve at room temperature or chilled, with lime wedges.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  • Tip: Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to get the size you want, order by the count per pound. Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as the Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America—it's more likely to be sustainably caught.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 260 calories; 10 g fat(1 g sat); 5 g fiber; 14 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 56 mcg folate; 230 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,401 IU vitamin A; 48 mg vitamin C; 121 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 658 mg sodium; 1,025 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (80% daily value), Vitamin A (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 4

August 28, 2014
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By: m.a.buhr
Easy and Tasty Used frozen shrimp. Bought low-sodium, spicy V8, which I didn't even know existed. It wasn't very spicy, so you may want to add some more hot sauce. Very refreshing and light. Pros: easy, tasty, pretty Cons: none
April 30, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Been looking for Mexican Shrimp Cocktail. This sound like one, but I don't like V8 juice to much celery taste and sodium. What could use instead of V8 juice. Maybe Tomato juice or Boody Mary mix maybe better. I'll let you know Great recipe
April 19, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
One of my favorite Mexican dishes Great recipe. I like my coctel a bit thick so I added some plain tomato sauce to thicken it up. Also, leave the flavor as is (no spice/heat however you call it). That way you can have some hot sauces for people to add to their portion as they please. Pros: Quick, easy, fresh, easy to adjust Cons: ...
May 09, 2011
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By: Erin McCormick
Light, refreshing and beautiful! This was a big hit at a Mexican fiesta I had. It's quick and easy to make, and looks very pretty. I would definitely recommend the spicy V8 juice, since I used the regular and the sauce could have used an extra kick. Since I really like Mexican spices, next time I'll try adding some cayenne, Mexican chili powder and other spices. Great for a summer BBQ or potluck! Pros: Easy to make, quick, refreshing, nice presentation. Cons: Not overwhelmingly Mexican in flavor.
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