Chile-Lime Grilled Tiger Shrimp with Avocado Cocktail Sauce

This shrimp cocktail has a beautiful presentation for any occasion. Served in margarita, martini, or wine glasses. The spiciness of the shrimp and butteriness of the avocado blend well, and the citrus of the tomato rounds it all out.

Chile-Lime Grilled Tiger Shrimp with Avocado Cocktail Sauce
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Marinate Time:
15 mins
Grill Time:
7 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 24 fresh or frozen jumbo shrimp in shells (about 1-1/2 pounds total)

  • 3 tablespoon lime juice

  • 2 tablespoon habanero chile sauce

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 recipe Avocado Cocktail Sauce

  • Lime wedges

  • Sour cream (optional)

Avocado Cocktail Sauce

  • 4 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 3 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire-style marinade for chicken

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp, removing tails. Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. Place shrimp in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish.

  2. For marinade, in a small bowl combine lime juice, habanero chile sauce, and garlic. Pour marinade over shrimp. Seal bag; turn to coat shrimp. Marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to 1 hour, turning bag occasionally (the shrimp will get spicier the longer they marinate). Drain shrimp, discarding marinade.

  3. Thread shrimp onto four or five metal or bamboo* skewers, leaving 1/4 inch between shrimp. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  4. For a charcoal grill, grill skewers on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 7 to 9 minutes or until shrimp are opaque, turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place skewers on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)

  5. To serve, divide Avocado Cocktail Sauce evenly among eight chilled glasses. Remove shrimp from skewers. Place three shrimp in each glass. Garnish with lime wedges. If desired, top with sour cream.

Avocado Cocktail Sauce

  1. In a medium bowl combine avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire-style marinade for chicken, salt and pepper. Cover and chill for 2 to 6 hours.


If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for at least 1 hour before grilling.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
15g Fat
13g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 494mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 18.9mg 94%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 2.2mg 12%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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