Shrimp Salsa Recipe: This fresh, easy, and healthy no-cook appetizer dip with shrimp, avocado, tomato, cilantro, and lime plus lots of Mexican flavors. My take on this Seafood Salsa Recipe is light, healthy, and will have you dreaming of meals near the ocean.
Shrimp Salsa Recipe
This Shrimp Salsa recipe reminds me of my favorite ceviche from the island.
Whenever I'm on vacation I always look for any sort of fresh ceviche on the menu. Whether it's conch filled by the deep blue waters of the Bahamas or shrimp filled under Spanish moss-lined trees in Hilton Head... if I'm by the sea I crave some sort of a Seafood Salsa Recipe whenever I'm at the beach. I adore the combination of salty seafood with the freshness of Mexican homemade salsa.
Since two of our spring vacations had already been canceled I have been dreaming of some of my favorite vacation dishes. Ceviche was at the top of the list! To try to cheer myself up I decided to make my own EASIER version using already pre-cooked shrimp BUT still packing in all those popular flavors of ceviche like lime, tomato, and cilantro. I decided to call it my Shrimp Salsa Recipe since we weren't technically cooking the shrimp with the lime. It's a faster and just as tasty way to get this delightful dip on the table fast.
It turned out PRETTY. DARN. INCREDIBLE.
Why You'll Love this Fresh & Light Shrimp Salsa recipe...
If you love shrimp AND homemade salsa you need this Shrimp Salsa recipe in your life. It's kind of like a love child of pico de gallo, guacamole, and classic shrimp ceviche. It's the BEST of all three... REALLY!
It's a great dip filled with classic flavors like lime, tomato, cilantro, AND avocado. Since you are using pre-cooked shrimp the recipe comes together as fast as you can chop and you don't have to worry if you let the lime cook the shrimp for long enough.
The flavor is ALL THERE without all the FUSS.
This Seafood Salsa recipe is also DA BOMB because it's low-fat, gluten-free, and pescatarian.
Serve it on your favorite type of tortilla chip for a snack that will disappear in no time. The Hubs and I polished off this entire batch!
Is this like a shrimp ceviche salsa recipe?
The difference between this Shrimp Salsa Recipe and a more classic Shrimp Ceviche Salsa Recipe is my version uses those pre-cooked shrimp instead of raw shrimp. Classic ceviche uses lime juice to "cook" shrimp from the acidity. It's not hard BUT takes some time and I always wonder if it's cooked enough.
Using pre-cooked shrimp lets you make a ceviche flavored dish without waiting and wondering if the lime is cooking it correctly.
You can chop this up and serve it immediately making it the PERFECT homemade salsa.
Since this Shrimp Salsa recipe is all about fresh and light flavors make sure to grab some fresh lime juice and cilantro it makes all the difference.
- Shrimp: This is a great use of those pre-cooked shrimp.
- Avocado: This adds creaminess and healthy fat to the recipe.
- Cucumber: Adds a fresh, green crunch to the mix.
- Tomato: Use whichever type looks the freshest at the store and dice it up.
- Red Onion: Every good salsa has red onion in it. It's great for flavor and color.
- Lime: Lime adds a citrus punch!
- Cilantro: A generous portion of cilantro gives this shrimp salsa flavor.
Can I use frozen shrimp?
If you live close to the water and have access to fresh shrimp, BUY IT. And can I come over and have some?
For the rest of us though, I always recommend buying already frozen shrimp. Unless a Seafood counter specifically says that their shrimp is FRESH, NEVER FROZEN they have most likely already been frozen. They could have dethawed it days ago. If you just skip that step and buy the frozen shrimp you can keep it in your freezer and control it when you thaw it making your dish!
For this Seafood Salsa recipe, I do recommend buying the already pre-cooked shrimp.
How to make this Shrimp Salsa Recipe:
This entire Shrimp Salsa Recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes!
- Thaw the frozen shrimp under cool water and pat dry.
- Chop the shrimp into scoopable bites.
- Chop your veggies.
- Mix everything together and generously squeeze your lime juice on top.
- Salt to taste.
I always have trouble getting all of the lime juice out of fresh limes but THIS TOOL has been a game-changer. It's also perfect for making MOJITOS.... just saying...
Variations & FAQ
I love this shrimp salsa recipe as written but here are a few ways to change it up. This recipe is actually very forgiving, so feel free to play around with the flavors. Here are some ideas to add to the mix.
- More Mashed Avocado
- Hot Sauce
- Bell Pepper
- Orange Juice
Can I make this ahead of time?
Since the lime in this recipe can continue to "cook" the shrimp I think the recipe is best enjoyed shortly after you make it. The avocado can also brown and needs to be added at the last minute. If you need to prepare it ahead of time I'd suggest cutting all the veggies, cilantro, and shrimp except for the avocado. When you are ready to serve it toss it all together and add the lime. Then cut up the avocado and toss it in.
How do you store leftovers?
You can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. It will not be as good, but it will not hurt you.
How to Serve it:
- With Tortilla Chips
- With Plantain Chips
- Wrapped in a Tortilla
- Topping for Grilled Fish
If you are longing for the beach like I am, give this tasty Shrimp Salsa recipe a try! It will have you dreaming of sunshine and sand in your toes all summer long.
Love healthy salsa recipes?
- Fresh Strawberry Salsa
- Fresh Pineapple Salsa
- Mango Avocado Salsa
- 6 ingredient Fresh Peach Salsa
- Black Bean Salsa
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Fresh Shrimp Salsa recipe
- ½ pound cooked shrimp, chopped
- 1 avocado, diced
- ¼ cup cucumber, diced
- 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
- ½ small red onion
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 limes
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and toss.
- Juice the limes over the top and season with salt to taste.
- Serve with tortilla chips, crackers or in lettuce cups.
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What a great idea to add shrimps to this salsa. Wow, a superb idea to make for a picnic or a BBQ party. It looks amazing, fresh and delicious.
This shrimp ceviche is delicious! And I love how using cooked shrimp takes the guesswork out of things!
Fresh cold salsa on a hot summer evening is absolutely the best. This dish is amazing!
Gail Montero says
I love the freshness and delicious flavors with each mouthful of this tasty shrimp salsa! Perfect for any summer gathering!
Amy Liu Dong says
Wow! Such an amazing dip that everybody will ask for more. The color is so mesmerizing, loved it and will definitely make this at home.
Geoffrey at Spoonabilities says
This looks so good and fresh. Wonderful for a summer day. I'm not a big fan of onions, so hopefully you wont mind when I add more avocado and less onion 😉
Lesli Schwartz says
Now that is a great way to jazz up some salsa! Definitely going to add shrimp next time. So refreshing!
Stine Mari says
This looks so fresh and delicious, perfect for a hot Summer day! Too bad about your cancelled trips, I had to cancel too! Good thing we can replicate some of it in our kitchens. 🙂
Jere Cassidy says
I don't know if you could get a salsa more colorful than this shrimp salsa. I like that it uses the precooked little shrimp. I can see this served with lots of different foods.
I love that you've added shrimp to this salsa. It doubles as a light lunch with it included!
Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com says
This salsa looks so delicious! I can't wait to try this one out!
I think this is the best idea! Adding shrimp and avocado to salsa is pure genius! So flavorful and filling!
Jon Maldia says
This looks so yummy. Kinda like ceviche.
I could totally eat this with a spoon. Also great in a tortilla or on fish or chicken. Yum!
Deborah Brooks says
what a great idea to add shrimp to a salsa! My family would really enjoy this
Mary Jean Henson says
I am making this tonight!!! I have everything except the red onion. I have a Vidalia onion which will be an acceptable substitute.
Like you, two of our beach vacations were canceled and I am dreaming of beach food. Thanks for sharing.
Yay!! Let me know how it turned out! 🙂