Mexican-Style Shrimp Cocktail


  • 1 cup clam juice

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 ¼ cups peeled, seeded, diced ripe tomatoes

  • 1 cup diced English cucumber

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • ½ cup finely diced red onion

  • 2 tablespoons seeded and diced jalapeno peppers

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 2 medium limes, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish

  • 1 dash Mexican-style hot sauce

  • 1 large Hass avocado, cubed



  1. Bring clam juice and oregano to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; cook and stir just until shrimp turn pink, about 2 minutes. (They will not be cooked through.) Transfer shrimp to a bowl with a slotted spoon; let cool to room temperature. Reserve liquid.

  2. While the shrimp are cooling, combine tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, onion, and jalapeños in a mixing bowl. Gently mix in reserved cooking liquid, ketchup, lime juice, 2 tablespoons cilantro, and hot sauce until well combined.

  3. Place four whole shrimp in a small bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Chop remaining shrimp into bite-sized pieces; add to vegetable mixture and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate both bowls until thoroughly chilled, 2 to 3 hours.

  4. When ready to serve, stir avocado into the shrimp cocktail. Divide into four glass bowls; top each with a chilled whole shrimp and garnish with cilantro.