Tastes impressive- but a cinch to whip up
This Mexican-Style Barbecued Shrimp Cocktail recipe is full of the fresh ingredients we love. Offering up quite a few SUPERFOODS, this tasty meal helps us maintain a clean-eating diet and stay healthy and strong. This grilled shrimp cocktail is unique in that it doesn’t call for horseradish (nor ketchup, for that matter), rather it gets its spiciness from your hot sauce of choice. Bright summer tomatoes make this a fresh sauce that’s sweet, but additional sweetener can be added. This is a terrific hors d’oeuvres or special dish for guests or the family.
Serve the shrimp on the skewer simply dipped into the side of individual cocktails, or remove them from the skewer and add them into the sauce (for individual cocktails or a large bowl). Serve with a small spoon as well.
Mexican-Style Barbecued Shrimp Cocktail
- 1 pound tomatoes in-season ripe or Roma tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey, optional
- 3 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
- 2 avocados medium, pitted, peeled and chopped
- 3/4 cup cilantro finely chopped (parsley can be substituted)
- 1 red onion finely diced
- 1 pound shrimp raw, large, cleaned, and deveined
- 1 lemon juiced (or 2 limes juiced)
- 3 teaspoons tabasco sauce or preferred hot sauce (use more if desired)
- 2 stalks celery finely chopped, leaves and tough parts removed (optional)
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- salt to taste
For the Shrimp: (Purchase shrimp that's already shelled and deveined to save on time and clean-up)
- Clean the shrimp, i.e. remove the shell and the vein, by pulling off the head (if it is still on the shrimp) and the legs. Remove the tail as well. Next, make a slice all of the way down the back of the shrimp with a pairing knife. Remove the dark vein from the back.*
- To barbecue the shrimp, thread the raw shrimp on a skewer*, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place over the barbecue on medium heat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp turns pink and firm.
For the Cocktail Sauce:
- Wash the tomatoes and put them whole in the blender. It will take a few batches for this because of the amount of tomatoes. Strain the tomato sauce through a fine-mesh strainer to catch the seeds and peels and into a large bowl. Press down on the sauce with the back of a ladle, stirring in a circle and pressing down to get all of the sauce through. Stir in the sweetener (optional) and the Worcestershire sauce until fully combined.
- Add the chopped avocado, diced onions, horseradish(optional), lemon or lime juice, cilantro or parsley, chopped celery (optional), and celery salt, and stir well. Taste and add as much salt as desired, adding a bit at a time while tasting. Add as much hot sauce as desired.
- *If you are using bamboo or wood skewers, soak them first in water for at least 1/2 an hour, to avoid splintering.
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