Recipe courtesy of Rick Bayless

Mexican-Style Shrimp Cocktail

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
Here's a tasty twist on a classic starter. This dish combines deliciously diverse Mexican flavors, from fresh cilantro to authentic hot sauce. The textural contrast of crunchy jicama and creamy avocado makes this a uniquely tasty cocktail sauce for any poached seafood.



  1. Bring 1 quart (1L) of salted water to a boil. Add the shrimp and let the water return to a simmer and poach for an additional minute or two. Scoop the shrimp out and place onto a rimmed baking sheet and chill 30 minutes. The shrimp can be made a day in advance and chilled until ready to serve.
  2. For the sauce, stir together the ketchup, lime juice, the Mexican hot sauce, olive oil and cilantro in a large bowl. This step can be completed a day in advance, stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  3. In a small strainer, rinse the onion under cold water, then shake off the excess liquid, and add to the sauce. Peel, dice and add the jicama; dice and add the cucumber. Stir in the chilled shrimp and the avocado right before serving.
  4. Garnish with lime and serve with tostadas, chips, or saltine crackers.