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Shrimp and Seafood Cocktail

Coctel de Mariscos
Servings: 6servings


  • 5 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • Fresh green chile to taste, usually 1 to 2 serranos or jalapenos
  • 1largefresh poblano chile
  • 3/4cup tomato paste
  • 1/4cup agave syrup
  • 3tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar
  • 3tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4cup clam juice or water
  • 1pound (24 to 30 pieces per pound) peeled, cooked medium shrimp
  • 8ounces lump crabmeat, picked over for stray bits of shell
  • 1largeripe avocado, pitted, flesh scooped from skin and then cut into cubes
  • Best quality store-bought soda crackers or tortilla chips


Making the green chile ketchup. Preheat the broiler. Roast the unpeeled garlic cloves, fresh green chiles and poblano chile under the broiler, turning once, until soft and blackened in places—6 to 8 minutes for the serrano and poblano chiles, 10 minutes for the garlic. Let cool, peel the garlic cloves and chop everything.

In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the tomato paste, agave syrup, vinegar, roasted garlic, green chile and ¾ cup of water. Heat to a simmer, stirring regularly so the ingredients don’t stick to the bottom of the pan, and cook until the mixture reduces and thickens enough to hold it’s shape in a spoon—4 to 5 minutes. Cool completely. Taste and season with salt, usually ¾ teaspoon.

Finishing the cocktail. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the cooled ketchup, cilantro, lime juice, chopped red onion, poblano chile and clam juice or water. Add the seafood and mix thoroughly. Gently stir in the diced avocado. Spoon the finished seafood cocktail into high ball glasses or small bowls and serve you’re your favorite crackers or tortilla chips.


  1. Nebr. native, now CA – just beginner on Mexican dishes – unable to eat real spicy or” hot” How can I tone down spiciness and yet have authentic taste?

    Do you have cookbook/beginners -educating on difference in peppers, and other Ingrid. ?

    Love your T.V. Shows but your dishes seem to complicated (ingredients) for beginners ! Any suggestions ?

    1. Hi Colleen, I would check out “Mexican Everyday” book, this was written in a way to make it easier for the home cook or beginners. Also when the recipes calls for a chile try putting in 1/4 or 1/2 what the recipes says. Start there and see how that tastes! 😉

  2. Hi Lisa……….do you peel the poblano Chile once it is roasted or do you chop it and put the roasted skin in the mixture?

    1. Hi Kevin, I peel the chard skin off the roasted chile before I chop it, the chard skin doesn’t really add anything to the dish.

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