Glass with tropical cocktail sauce and shrimp hanging off the side.

Tropical Shrimp Cocktail

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rest Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


This tropical twist on shrimp cocktail is fresh and sweet, with a little heat.
Garnish with finely chopped pineapple and cilantro.


  • 2 cups frozen mango chunks, thawed
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks, thawed
  • 1/2 small jalapeno, seeded, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 (2-inch round) tomatoes, seeded, roughly chopped
  • 2 small garlic cloves, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lb. cooked, peeled, deveined, jumbo shrimp


  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, add mango, pineapple, jalapeno, red onion, tomato, garlic, salt, and cilantro.
  2. Cover and pulse until ingredients are saucy with some small pieces remaining. Mixture will be thick.
  3. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes; sauce will thin slightly as salt draws out moisture from ingredients.
  4. Serve cold with cooked and cooled shrimp.