Delicious Dominican Cuisine

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Dominican Shrimp Cocktail/Coctel de Camarones Dominicano

What makes a “Dominican Shrimp Cocktail” different than the shrimp cocktails we find here in the U.S. is the sauce.  Our sauce is very simple to make and the ingredients are common ingredients most of us have hanging out in our fridges.  This cocktail is very tasty and is a wonderful starter to any meal!

To make this dish, you will need the following ingredients:

2 lbs Extra Jumbo Shrimp
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Ketchup
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
1 Lime (juiced)


To make your life easier, I recommend you get the shrimp that is already deveined to save yourself some extra work.  I usually get them with the shell on since the tail makes it easier to hold for dipping in the sauce.  I also usually get them uncooked since I rather control the cooking time to ensure they are nice and tender (sometimes they can overcook when you reheat the pre-cooked ones).

First, take a medium sized pot and add a generous amount of water.  Put it on high heat and wait for it to come to a boil.

While the water is coming to a boil, rinse the shrimp with cold water.

Drain the excess water and set aside to start making the sauce.

To make the sauce, add the mayonnaise,

Then the ketchup,

The Black Pepper,

And finally the juice of the lime.

Now with a fork, stir and make sure all of the ingredients combine thoroughly (no clumps).  Once it’s nice and smooth, set aside in the refrigerator.

When the water starts to boil, add a generous amount of salt (about 1 tbsp or 2 tbsp).

Add the shrimp and cover so they heat up faster.

As soon as they start turning red, wait about 4 minutes, then start pulling them out. (you can drain them if you have a colander as well)

Shock them with a cold water bath (you may make an ice bath as well) to stop the cooking.  This is VERY important because it will make sure the shrimp is nice and tender, not chewy and gummy.

Once they are cool, remove the peel but leaving the tail.

Once all the shrimp are peeled, start assembling the cocktails by pouring some cocktail sauce in a glass and lining the rim with shrimps.

Serve chilled as a starter to a nice meal! (Or smother the shrimp with the sauce and serve it as an entree, that works too! 🙂 )

Buen Provecho! 😉

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