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Colombian Shrimp Cocktail

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  • Prep Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 2-3 1x
  • Category: Appetizers, Seafood
  • Cuisine: Colombian


  • 1 lb uncooked medium shrimp (40-50), peeled and deveined
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Sauce
  • per serving
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • ½ lime juiced (some people use a whole lime per serving)
  • 1 tbsp garlic water (see notes below)
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Saltine crackers for serving (optional)


  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium pot over high heat. Add salt to taste and then add the raw shrimp. Reduce heat to medium and let shrimp cook until the water comes to a boil again (about three minutes). Drain the shrimp and then transfer to a bowl of iced water to stop the cooking process. Drain again and let it cool completely in the fridge.
  2. To serve, fill an 8 oz. cup or glass with cooked shrimp, add 1 tbsp of chopped red onion, squeeze the lime on top, add 1 tbsp garlic water, 2 tbsp ketchup and 1 tbsp mayonnaise. Stir really well and serve with saltine crackers on the side.


To make the garlic water, fill a small airtight bottle or container with water, place 2-3 garlic cloves inside, cover it and keep it in the fridge overnight.