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This classic Mexican shrimp cocktail is usually served as a starter, but it can also be a quick, refreshing main dish on a busy night.

EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2011; updated November 2022

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Credit: Sonia Bozzo

Recipe Summary

active:
25 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
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What Kind of Shrimp Is Best for Coctel de Camarones?

We use cooked small shrimp, which is around 70-90 count. Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, "70-90 count" means there will be 70 to 90 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. If you get larger shrimp, you may need to dice them into bite-sized pieces. Check out more tips on how to buy the best shrimp.

How to Dice the Vegetables

Prepping all your ingredients is the key step to this recipe. Here are tips on how to dice a cucumber, how to dice an onion and how to dice an avocado.

How To Serve Coctel de Camarones

Add some of your favorite hot sauce for an extra kick. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers. You can eat it immediately or chill it for up to 4 hours if you prefer it colder.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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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.

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

about 1 1/2 cups
260 calories; protein 31.1g; carbohydrates 14.1g; dietary fiber 5.4g; sugars 6.3g; fat 9.6g; saturated fat 1.1g; cholesterol 229.5mg; vitamin a iu 1400.8IU; vitamin c 47.8mg; folate 56.4mcg; calcium 121.1mg; iron 3.5mg; magnesium 29.7mg; potassium 1024.6mg; sodium 658.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

2 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

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