Mother's Day Cook-off

Cóctel de Camarón Recipe

Every year for my birthday my mother always makes me one of my favorites, Cóctel de Camarón, which is a Mexican Shrimp Cocktail. For all of my brothers birthdays and I she asks us what we want to eat and makes us our favorites. From all of my brothers, I am the only one that likes it besides my mother and my father.  

Every time for my birthday that she’d prepare the Cóctel de Camarón it was us two eating it together. I like to add Valentina on mine to add some spiciness and more delicious flavor. I also like to grab a saltine cracker, some people like to eat it with tostadas and dip it in the Cóctel de Camarón, bite it and eat some Cóctel de Camarón. I love the flavor of the shrimp with the avocado and cucumber. Just by thinking about it, my mouth waters, so let’s get started with the recipe. 


For the Cóctel de Camarón:

  • 1 pot 
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 pound large uncooked shrimp 
  • About 3 cups of water for cooking the shrimp
  • ½ of a ketchup bottle
  • 2 cucumbers diced
  • 1 chile serrano diced
  • 4 small tomatoes diced if large then 2 tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup of a diced white onion 
  • ½ of  a cilantro chopped
  • 3 large avocados diced
  • Juice of 2 lemons 
  • Salt to taste
  • Saltine crackers or tostadas

To Serve:

  • Original Premium Saltine Crackers or Tostadas
  • Ladle
  • You can choose from the below:
    • Plate
    • Glass Cup
    • Wine Glass 


  • Valentina or Tapatio Hot Sauce to taste


  1. Wash the shrimp, peel, and clean them if did not buy them peeled or cleaned
  2. Then add 3 cups of water to the shrimp in a pot
  3. Add salt to taste to boil in a pot in medium heat until cooked and they are soft and turn pink
  4. Once the shrimp is boiled to a good pinkish color and soft, let it cool  (do not drain you will need the water)
  5. Dice cucumbers, chile serrano, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and avocados 
  6. In a large bowl, combine all of the diced ingredients which are: cucumbers, chile serrano, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, avocados
  7. To the pot of shrimp add the ingredients from the bowl
  8. Add lemon juice with half of the bottle of Ketchup 
  9. Taste for salt, if needed add more 
  10. Serve with saltine crackers or tostadas

And there you have it, you can use a ladle or regular spoon to scoop some in a plate, a cup or to make it even fancier in a wine glass. Now, take a bite of a saltine cracker with some of the Mexican Shrimp Cocktail and enjoy! Make it as many times as you like!

By Elisa Beltran

Elisa Beltran is a student at Ventura and Oxnard College and currently works at a Radio Station as a Traffic Coordinator. She is working on earning a Social Media Marketing degree and a Paralegal Studies Degree. Elisa received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a minor in Business Management from California State University Channel Islands.

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