Coctel de Camarones (Shrimp Cocktail)

by Erica Dinho on March 2, 2009

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Colombian Shrimp Cocktail by mycolombianrecipes

Coctel de Camarones or Colombian-Style Shrimp Cocktail is one of my sister’s favorite appetizers. I have fantastic memories of the food I grew up with and this shrimp cocktail is one of them because of my close relationship with my sister. In my last trip to Colombia every time we went out to eat she always asked for the same appetizer and we shared it, just like when we were little girls. This is a great way to cook, a simple, quick and elegant appetizer for your friends. Keep this Coctel de Camarones refrigerated until ready to serve.

Coctel -de-camarones

Coctel Colombiano de Camarones




  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • ½ cup lime juice, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • Olive oil, for drizzling

Receta de Coctel de Camarones Colombiano


  1. Place the shrimp in a medium bowl; add 1/3 cup lime juice. Set aside in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Drain shrimp and discard lime juice.
  2. In a medium pot over medium high heat, place water and salt. When it comes to a boil add the shrimp and turn off the heat. Let the shrimp poach just until they are cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the shrimp to a plastic bowl and refrigerate.
  3. In a small bowl combine onion, remaining lime juice, ketchup, mayonnaise, pepper,hot sauce and parsley.
  4. Add the shrimp and serve in glass bowls over lettuce. Serve with Saltine crackers and garnish with olive oil and parsley.
  5. Colombian Shrimp Cocktal Recipe

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sassysara March 12, 2009 at 9:59 AM

I have never used mayo or hot sauce in cocktail sauce. Usually I opt for horseradish. Interesting, I will have to try it.


2 Erica March 13, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Thank you for your comment and enjoy this dish.


3 Silvia June 1, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Hola Erica.
Vivo al sur de New Jersey, asi Q cualquier antojo Q tenga lo tengo Q hacer yo misma. Muchisimas gracias por tus deliciosas rectas. Tengo unas ganas por comer bandeja valluna! Podrias poner la receta? Mil gracias


4 Wendy April 22, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Thank you for this recipe! This is exactly how I remember eating the shrimp cocktail in Colombia. I’m American with both parents being from Colombia and very much enjoy my traditional Colombian dishes! Thanks for this website! Now I can try out the recipes without calling my mother in NY for the recipes.


5 Carmen December 4, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Thank you for your recipes. They are exactly like the ones I’ve eaten in Colombia when visiting my mom’s family. For some reason I can’t find food as delicious as this at local Colombian restaurants, so I make them whenever I can. I’m treating my friends to the shrimp cocktail and empanadas with aji tonight. They are in for a treat. Thanks again!


6 ruth April 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

What a fantastic way of making an old classic


7 Luz Adriana June 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

This is the recipe!! Thanks!!


8 Jenn May 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM

This site is a wonderful collection of traditional Colombian food recipes, I also love all the dishes inspired by our cuisine.thanks.


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