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Spicy Shrimp & Crab Cocktail

This seafood starter is so good that it makes me love a food I usually don't—radishes! This recipe also calls for spicy V8, but Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix works just as well. Serve the cocktail straight up, with tortilla chips or on a bed of butter lettuce. —Heidi Knaak, Liberty, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings (about 9 cups)


  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 8 radishes, halved and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups spicy hot V8 juice (about 16 ounces)
  • 1 cup Clamato juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 5 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined cooked small shrimp
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, drained
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cubed


  • Mix the first 10 ingredients. Gently fold in shrimp, crab and avocados. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours or until cold. Serve in martini glasses.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 162 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 604mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • jeannine421
    May 19, 2015

    I wanted to LOVE this recipe but did not. I only wanted to give this a 3 but my company seemed to enjoy it last night so i gave it a 4. i thought Clamato juice was clam juice. Oooops on my part so i added juice from 1 and a 1/2 lemons to mask that boo boo. I did use Smirnoff bloody mary mix (spicy). The recipe needs either lemon or lime anyway. Crab meat expensive so would prefer to make a recipe with crab where it does not get masked by all the ingredients in this recipe

  • rinshin
    Jun 23, 2014

    I made a quarter of this it worked out just fine. Delish and refreshing esp during dog days of summer. I used frozen crab I have on hand for canned, but next time I plan on using the crab sticks in lieu of frozen or canned crab for economy. I also used fresh shrimp quickly boiled until barely pink. Thanks for sharing.

  • zinncooking
    Jan 1, 2014

    Excellent for parties, I received many, many compliments and requests for the recipe. I used spicy bloody mary mix in lieu of the V8 and Clamato.