Tequila-Lime Shrimp Cocktail

The addition of lime juice, Mexican-inspired spices and a splash of tequila brings a totally new flavor to ordinary shrimp cocktail. This variation makes nice finger food for a party and pairs well with margaritas or beer and other appetizers like Easy Homemade Guacamole.

Tequila-Lime Shrimp Cocktail

Tequila-Lime Shrimp Cocktail

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Lime juice and a splash of tequila along with ground cumin and coriander give shrimp cocktail some Mexican-inspired flair.


  • 1-1/2 lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1 cup bottled chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons tequila blanco


  1. Bring 2 quarts salted water to a boil, add the shrimp and cook just until pink and opaque, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and plunge into a bowl of ice-water to stop the cooking process. Drain again, blot dry and squeeze the lemon over the shrimp. Refrigerate until chilled through, at least 30 minutes.
  2. While the shrimp chills, prepare the cocktail sauce by combining the chili sauce, cumin, coriander, black pepper, cilantro, Worcestershire, 1/2 tablespoon horseradish, lime juice and tequila in a mixing bowl. Taste for seasoning and adjust the horseradish and black pepper to taste. Transfer to a small serving dish.
  3. To serve, line a platter with lettuce and place the cocktail sauce in the center. Arrange the shrimp around the edge and garnish with a sprig of cilantro.


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