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Grilled Shrimp Cocktail with Mexicali Sauce

by | Published Dec 14, 2018 | Last updated Nov 2, 2021 | 0 comments

Prep Time45 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time55 minsYields8 Servings
A riff on the classic Mexican Coctele de Camarones our version of shrimp cocktail is packed full of flavor and super easy to make. The hardest part is not over cooking the shrimp. After a quick brine to plump these shrimp and amp up their flavor they get grilled hot and fast to add a nice char. Make the Mexicali Sauce as hot or mild as you would like. Don't be afraid to add some chunks of avocado to make this dish even more authentic.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 358
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 170mg57%
Sodium 2582mg108%
Potassium 282mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 30g10%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 20g
Protein 23g46%

Vitamin A 23%
Vitamin C 50%
Calcium 19%
Iron 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Brine Instruction

Place all of the brine ingredients in a large bowl except the ice. Whisk thoroughly until the salt and sugar have dissolved completely. Add the ice and stir. Add the shrimp and allow to brine for 30-45 minutes. Remove from brine and pat dry.

Mexicali Sauce Instruction

Place all of the sauce ingredients into the bowl of a large food processor. Process on low until a fine salsa consistency has been achieved. Season to taste with more salt and/or hot sauce.

Shrimp Preparation and Grilling Instructions

Place the brined shrimp in a large bowl with all of the seasoning and toss to combine.


Prepare coals or light grill for high heat grilling. Ideally looking for at least 500f at the GrillGrate surface.


When grill is up to temp arrange shrimp on your GrillGrates like little soldiers, all neat and orderly. Once all of the shrimp are on the hot grill start to check the first ones you placed. Once they start to curl and pinken up with a slight char it is time to flip. Flip the shrimp in the order they were put on the grill. Grilling of shrimp is more about look and feel rather than time. From the time they are flipped they should be finished in about two minutes.


Remove the shrimp from the grill to a warm platter.

Shrimp Cocktail Assembly

Spoon about 1/4 cup of the Mexicali sauce into a martini or parfait glass. Arrange four shrimp into the glass and garnish with a sprig of cilantro


 8 cups hot water
 1/4 cup kosher salt
 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
 Zest and juice of 2 lemons
 4 cloves of garlic grated on a microplane grater
 3 cups ice
 32 16-20 count shrimp, peeled and de-veined
Mexicali Sauce
 3 large ripe tomatoes, core and seeds removed
 1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced
 4 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
 3 cloves of minced garlic
 1 cup chili sauce
 2 tablespoons hot sauce
 2 limes, juiced
 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
 salt and pepper to taste
Shrimp Seasoning
 8 cloves of garlic minced
 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
 Zest of 2 lemons
 Zest of 2 limes
 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
 1/4 cup olive oil
 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley


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