Shrimp Cocktail Vincente

Total Time:
2 hr
45 min
1 hr
15 min

6 servings

  • Shrimp:
  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, 50 to 60 per pound size, unpeeled
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped plum tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart water
  • Cocktail Assembly:
  • 1 cup pico de gallo, see Cook's Note*
  • 1 cup reserved shrimp stock
  • 1 cup prepared cocktail sauce
  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • Lettuce leaves, for garnish
  • Lime slices, for garnish
  • Tortilla chips, for garnish

For the shrimp: Peel the shrimp and save the shells for stock. In a 4-quart pot over medium heat, add oil. Add the tomatoes, onions, garlic, cilantro, and jalapeno and cook until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the salt and pepper, lime juice, and reserved shrimp shells and stir. Add the water, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the stock through a strainer into a bowl or another pot. Discard the vegetables and shells and reheat the stock. Add the shrimp and simmer until just cooked, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain and refrigerate the stock, and the shrimp separately until chilled, about 1 hour.

In a bowl, combine chilled shrimp, pico de gallo, shrimp stock, cocktail sauce and avocado; mix gently. For each serving, place a lettuce leaf in a pretty bowl or a martini glass. Spoon in the shrimp mixture, allowing about 9 or 10 shrimp per serving. Garnish each shrimp cocktail with a lime wedge and a few tortilla chips.

*Cook's Note: Pico de gallo is a very simple fresh salsa made by finely chopping fresh tomato, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno. Season the mixture with some fresh lime juice and salt, to taste. Any recipe or a commercial fresh salsa is fine.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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