Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Appetizer

When I saw these cute mini martini glasses I had to have them!

Inspired by their size I thought they would be perfect for the Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Appetizer I made this past weekend for a get together with very special friends.

The recipe is easy and so good with chunks of avocado mixed with the shrimp and savory spicy flavors in every bite.

It starts out with cooked peeled and deveined shrimp.
I roasted mine tossed with EVOO, salt and pepper in one layer on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Thank you, Ina.
Once you’ve roasted shrimp this way you will never poach it again, I promise you.

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
~ makes 10 small appetizers, double recipe for a first course.

1 lb. cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 tsp. crushed garlic
1/4 c. finely chopped red onion
1/8 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
3/4 c. Calmato or tomato juice variety
1/8 c. ketchup
1/8 c. fresh lime juice
Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce to taste (1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp.)
1/8 c. prepared horseradish sauce*
1 ripe avocado, chopped

~ Place the chopped shrimp in a medium bowl. Add the red onion, garlic and cilantro. Mix in the tomato juice, ketchup, lime juice, hot pepper sauce and horseradish. Gently stir in avocado. Cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours. Spoon into mini martini glasses or small cups. Use a party pick to spear the shrimp and avocado pieces. Best made the day of the party.

* Omitting the horseradish will give the mixture a more red color. Adding the horseradish gives the mixture a pinker hue. If you are going to omit the horseradish for whatever reason, I recommend adding more lime or lemon juice and Tabasco.

“Muy Bueno, mi amigas!”

Recipe found on All by Sarah Zeigler
Mini Martini Glasses ~ Pier 1

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  1. I have SO much to catch up on … you’ve been a busy lady!

    This recipe looks wonderful ~ I’m printing it out for a gathering this weekend. You just checked one of my to_do items off my list 🙂


  2. Yummilicous! And I love the little glasses too 🙂

  3. OMG this sounds delish!!! I have to try this, maybe this weekend, having a little party at the Lemontree house!
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    Let me know what you think!!
    Hope you are having a super week my friend!

  4. Omit the horseradish? Never! Double the horseradish!

    Can’t wait to try this recipe–sounds and looks wonderful!

  5. Oh my goodness! Do you mind if I feature this recipe over at Mine for the Making for Food-a-licious Friday?! What a cute little appetizer for the holidays!

    Email me and let me know!


  6. What a wonderfully creative idea .. thanks for sharing the yummy recipe..HHL


    This looks delish…..and it’s only 6:11am here but I’d sure eat it if it were here:)

  8. Looks divine! xx

  9. These look and sound delicious!!