Coctel de Camrones (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail)

Also known as “Ceviche” or “Coctel de Camarones”, it’s refreshing and authentic!  With chunks of shrimp, cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocados; serve this in a large Margarita glass, on a hot summer day, with your favorite tortilla chips or saltine crackers.

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1 1/2 lbs. cooked shrimp, peeled (good quality)
1 small SWEET Onion, finely diced (Purple onion may be used)
1 medium Tomato, diced
1 small Cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 – 2 jalapenos, finely diced
1 bunch Cilantro, cleaned and finely chopped
1 ripe Avocado, peeled and diced

Cocktail Sauce:
1 1/2 cup Clamato juice
1/4 – 1/2 cup Tomato ketchup, to taste
1/4 – 1/2 cup Horseradish, finely grated (to taste)
2 – 3 fresh Limes, juiced, more for taste
1/2 – 1 tsp. Salt, to taste

 

Combine all of the cocktail sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir well.  Taste and adjust seasonings according.  I love horseradish, so I like adding more.  I also like a more “tart” flavored cocktail, so I add more lime juice as well.  This is the basic recipe I like using, but tweak it, all to taste.  Set this aside.

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For best results, use only good quality shrimp when making this.  Begin by peeling the cooked shrimp and removing any shells left.  Cut the shrimp pieces into large chunks, this will assure that you’ll have a piece of shrimp in every bite, 😉  Place the shrimp into a large mixing bowl.

NOTE:  Save a few whole pieces for garnishing.

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Finely dice the jalapenos and tomatoes.

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Peel to cucumber and cut into half, lengthwise.  Using a spoon, scoop out the center pulp and discard.  Removing this will ensure that your cocktail won’t be as watered down, while it marinates.

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Combine all of these ingredients together with the shrimp in a large mixing bowl.

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Stir the cocktail sauce and pour it into the shrimp mixture.  Stir to combine well.  Make sure to also add the “whole” pieces of shrimp you reserved for garnishing, that way they are also marinated.

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Cover with a plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.  Marinate the cocktail for a few hours.  Serve it up in fancy glassware along with your favorite tortilla chips or saltine crackers.

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