Smoked Tomatillo Shrimp Cocktail

I am such a fan of shrimp. I can eat it, grilled, fried, sauteed, battered, ceviche or cooked and chilled! I could go on and on but then I am going to have a Forrest Gump flashback and start soundly like Bubba.

Smoked Tomatillo Shrimp Cocktail

Smoked Tomatillo Shrimp Cocktail


When creating the menu for the McNary High School Fine Arts Madrigal, I decided that I wanted to offer a shrimp appetizer. The budget was not able to afford a large shrimp so I went with salad shrimp. Here in Oregon we have access to great seafood. The high quality salad shrimp I used was from the Northwest and still affordable.

I didn’t want to serve the standard red cocktail sauce with the shrimp. So if not tomatoes then why not tomatilloes! And why not smoked tomatilloes made into a salsa with a kick of horseradish to bring out the flavor similar to a red cocktail sauce. Find a recipe for fresh green salsa verde here. Adding fresh veggies, lime juice and cilantro made the cocktail a real hit. A few corn chips on the side rounded out the appetizer! PS if you don’t have a smoker you can add a few drops of liquid smoke (which is like magic in a bottle) to get that deep smokey flavor. Just add a few drops at a time until you like the flavor.


Smoked Tomatillo Shrimp Cocktail

Number of servings: 6

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Smoked tomatillo salsa is made fresh by placing quartered tomatilloes, onions, garlic and serranos on a smoker for several hours. If you do not have a smoker you can add a few drops of liquid smoke at a time to your green salsa until it reaches the perfect smokiness.


  • 1 pound salad shrimp, cooked, thawed and well drained
  • 2 cups smoked green salsa verde
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 roma tomato, outside flesh only, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and membranes removed, minced (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon horseradish, not the creamy kind
  • 1/2 squeezed fresh lime juice
  • dash of salt to taste


  1. Toss all of the ingredients together and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for several hours before serving. Serve with corn chips.


See the link in this post for a fresh green salsa recipe.

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