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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2011




Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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 Facts

260 calories; protein 31.1g 62% DV; carbohydrates 14.1g 5% DV; dietary fiber 5.4g 21% DV; sugars 6.3g; fat 9.6g 15% DV; saturated fat 1.1g 6% DV; cholesterol 229.5mg 77% DV; vitamin a iu 1400.8IU 28% DV; vitamin c 47.8mg 80% DV; folate 56.4mcg 14% DV; calcium 121.1mg 12% DV; iron 3.5mg 19% DV; magnesium 29.7mg 11% DV; potassium 1024.6mg 29% DV; sodium 658.2mg 26% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 8% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
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:... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More