This Shrimp Salsa is a copycat versions of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company’s Shakin’ Shrimp Cocktail. It is light, refreshing and super flavorful with fresh tomatoes, refreshing lime juice, onions, cilantro, spicy jalapenos and plump, juicy shrimp! You really can’t go wrong for a tasty party snack!
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I worked at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in Times Square. You know, in NYC, the center of the universe? It was a very interesting experience, but I met a lot of cool people. Especially my husband, the cute guy with an annoyingly perfect Jar Jar Binks impression and the most beautiful brown eyes that I haven’t been able to stop staring into for the past nine years!
I eventually left for a different job opportunity but I took with me an extensive knowledge of Forrest Gump trivia and a love for certain entrees that they serve. I mean, what’s not to love about a place with so much seafood on the menu? That is right up my alley. One such item was added midway through my time as a Gumper. It was called Shakin’ Shrimp Cocktail and I’ve created my own version of it, which I call Shrimp Salsa (I know, I’m so original).
At the restaurant, Shakin Shrimp Cocktail was served in a pint glass with a metal shaker. You would bring it out to the table, add a number of lime squeezes (based on how much the guest indicated that they wanted) and then shake it all together and pour it into the bowl for the guest to enjoy with tortilla chips. Hence the play on words. I always found it to be a light and refreshing way to start a meal, which was a nice change since much of the menu is deep fried or quite rich.
Here in Western New York, we are just not that fancy. Sorry, no table-side service in this house! But I’ve found that I can still get the same great mix without the shaker. There is something about fresh tomatoes, onions and avocado mixed with the heat of the jalapeno and the fresh flavor of the cilantro. Add the spices and the bright citrus from the lime juice and you have yourself a lovely little snack (which is an understatement- this makes a large amount and is excellent for a crowd). This is the perfect dish to snack on by the pool and that is exactly what we did. I might even venture to add a margarita into the mix for future pool days.
Source: The Life Jolie, inspired by the Shakin’ Shrimp Cocktail and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
- 1 lb. of cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 5-6 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1-2 avocados, diced
- 1/2 red onion, minced
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 1 handful of cilantro, chopped
- The juice of 1-2 limes
- Salt, black pepper, cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper, to taste (go easy on the Cayenne- a little goes a long way!)
Mix all ingredients together and season to taste. Enjoy!
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