Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

Even though I love shrimp I hated shrimp cocktail until a friend from work brought this for us! Shrimp cocktail kicked up a notch. There's six hours (not incl in prep time) of refrigeration time, so plan ahead!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs large raw shrimp, peeled tail on (or more up to 2lbs)
  • 20 ounces ketchup, at room temp (of choice)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 medium white onions or 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium plum tomato
  • 12 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (or more, Tapa Tio Brand preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • Fixings

  • 2 Hass avocadoes, sliced
  • 30 saltines or 30 salted crackers


  1. Bring water to a boil, add salt and shrimp (leave tails on). Boil for 3-4 mins or until pink, do not overcook. Strain shrimp out of the water (reserve the water). Shock the shrimp in icy cold water, to stop the cooking process. Remove the tails.
  2. Run water (the one you boiled the shrimp in) through a strainer to strain the grits.
  3. Put warm water and entire bottle of ketchup in a glass container, and whisk until well blended. To this sauce add in the onion, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, and hot sauce. Stir. Last but not least add the shrimp.
  4. Seal the container and allow it to sit in the fridge for 6hrs-overnight. The longer the better. Serve with the avocados and crackers and enjoy!
Most Helpful

Just as the name indicates, this is a truly delicious shrimp cocktail. I slightly varied the recipe by adding in some diced avocado right to the sauce instead of serving on the side. Also, I only let it chill for about an hour, since I was so determined to try it. I was not disappointed in the slightest, and my fiance immediately gave it the thumb's up! This recipe is a definite keeper. Thanks for posting!

djkitty23 December 05, 2009

Just like the restaurants, only better! You can use frozen shrimp- just run a little water over them and then use. Then use 6 c. warm H20 instead of shrimp H20. I also add more vegies- celery, cucumber, yellow bell pepper- if your family doesn't like raw onion, use half-scallions; they flavor but are easy to avoid! Add a can a of well rinsed black beans for a meal! I always wanted to know how they did the sauce- thank you!

kathygrant May 03, 2008

This is almost a clone of a dish my local mexican restaurant has. I absolutely love, love, LOVE it! I made this for our monthly "girl's night". we had this and "White Peach Sangria" and they went together wonderfully. I had a ton of leftovers, so I strained out the shrimp and veggies and used them as quesadilla filling with the sauce on top. Also fabulous! Thanks for a summer staple!

Ma Field April 09, 2008