Cóctel de Camarones en Salsa Rosada


Warm weather reminds me of the beach, and when I think of the beach, I think of La Libertad and the last time I was there, and of course, of seafood. One of my favorite Salvadoran seafood dishes is Cóctel de Camarones en Salsa Rosada, (Shrimp Cocktail in Pink Sauce), and so I’ve learned how to make it for myself at home since I can’t take a trip to El Salvador’s coast whenever the mood strikes. While Carlos prefers Cóctel de Conchas, somehow I have to end up sharing my Cóctel de Camarones every time I make it.

Cóctel de Camarones en Salsa Rosada


12 ounces shrimp – cooked, peeled and de-veined, tail-off
1/3 cup mayonnaise (you can use light mayonnaise!)
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 a small red onion minced
handful of cilantro chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Optional: diced Roma tomatoes and/or diced avocado


Combine all the ingredients and serve chilled in cocktail/martini glasses, (or any wine or margarita glasses you might have on hand), along with wedges of lime to squeeze onto the cóctel and Saltine crackers to eat the cóctel on. This recipe serves two people as a main dish or four as an appetizer.


  1. Feng and I have a different memory of La Libertad… this is where Feng got a dog bite! We ended up going to the local health clinic, that was a great experience. And I think La Libertad is where I ODed on pupusas.

    That said, Cóctel de Camarones has a special place in my heart, it’s the first meal Feng and I shared in Mexico together in 2001. I was jetlagged and confused… but happy to be there!

  2. I like shrimp cocktail too, but can’t have ketchup or cocktail sauce. I make a good shrimp fried rice dish; it’s not really fried, though, but good with peas mixed in and fresh ginger, rice wine, sesame oil (adds great flavor). All in one deep pan, how I like to cook.

    • I make a Chinese fried rice with sesame oil too – usually with grilled chicken, egg, carrot, onion, etc. in it – would love to try yours sometime! :)

  3. Wow! Super Gringa, you cook even better than me. I love to cook on special occasions and I know afew recipes… but you are amazing. All the recipes I have read so far, are very good. Thanks, for sharing all those delicious recipes.

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