Esquite with shrimp - Mexican recipe

Esquite with shrimp – Mexican recipe

Salvador López Llamas sent us this super delicious recipe:

Esquito (corn or corn cocktail in a glass) is a food based on boiled corn grains. Corn is widely consumed throughout Mexico and is very popular in esquite. The name and ingredients of this popular Mexican snack vary depending on the region of the country where it is manufactured and sold.

The word estate comes from the Nahuatl language Izquitl, It means roasted corn.

Photo credit: Jeff Young


  • 1kg fresh corn
  • 150g dried shrimp (headless)
  • 1 red snapper pepper, cut into very thin strips
  • Epazote (optional)
  • salt
  • sugar
  • water
  • oil


Boil the corn until cooked (about 10 minutes). Add the shrimp before removing from the heat (this will make the shrimp more sticky).

Remove most of the moisture and set aside.

Add oil to the pot. When very hot, fry the chili peppers and epazote.

Once fried, add the corn along with the shrimp.

Add salt and once the mixture is cooked through, add 2 tablespoons of sugar.

When ready to eat, add mayonnaise, cheese, chili powder, and lemon.

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