Shrimp Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp (I used the kind with the shell still on, but you can use already prepared shrimp)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 onion
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh or store bought- 1 large orange or 2 medium orange)
  • 1 teaspoon maggi jugo sauce
  • 2 chipotle peppers
  • 1 1/2 cup of shrimp broth
  • 4 limes
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1 cup purple onion
  • 2 tomatoes (I use red roma)

Optional to Serve

  • avocado
  • saltine crackers or tortilla chips
  • valentina sauce (or any other sauce for flavor)


  1. Add the water to a medium pot and add the onion, bay leaves, salt and garlic on a medium flame
  2. Bring mixture to a bowl (cover the pot so it reaches to a boil quicker)
  3. Peel the shell and tail off all the shrimp and set aside
  4. Use a toothpick to remove the intestines of the shrimp on both the top and bottom of each shrimp
  5. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the shrimp shell to the water.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes and them remove shells, onion, garlic, and leaves leaving just the broth
  7. Prepare a ice bath by putting water and ice in a large bowl
  8. Add the shrimp to the broth and cook the shrimp until they turn a pink color (takes about 2-3 minutes. Do not overcook or they will become rubbery)
  9. Place shrimp in ice bath immediately after cooking to stop them from further cooking
  10. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of shrimp broth from the pot and set aside
  11. Dice the celery, onions, cilantro, tomatoes, and avocado
  12.  If you choose to use fresh orange juice, juice your oranges now
  13. Juice your limes
  14. Remove the shrimp from ice bath and place in another large bowl
  15. Add lime juice to shrimp and let sit while you prepare your sauce
  16. In a blender add the chipotle peppers, orange juice and maggi sauce. Blend until combined.
  17. Add the ketchup and shrimp broth you set aside earlier into your blender and your sauce is done 😀
  18. In a VERY large bowl add the blended mixture, celery, onions, cilantro, tomatoes, and shrimp with the lemon juice and mix until combined
  19. Let the mixture chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to marinate
  20. Serve and enjoy (top with avocado if desired)