I LOVE seafood. Ever since I was a kid, having seafood, specifically shrimp was always a treat. In the past couple of years, ceviche has become one of my favorite seafood dishes. Ceviche is a popular Latin dish, originating in South America. It’s made with seafood including fish, shrimp, scallops and squid soaked in lime juice. It is mainly served as an appetizer, sometimes accompanied by tortilla or plantain chips.
When I go out to a restaurant and ceviche is on the menu, I’m ordering it! I recently had a ceviche craving, so I decided to try making it.
The great thing about ceviche is you can get creative. There are so many variations of the dish. You can use all kinds of seafood or just one or two. You can include a variety of vegetables and even fruit. Since it is a citrusy dish, I think fruit adds a pop of sweetness to help balance the acidity of the lime juice.
Not too bad for my first try making Shrimp Ceviche. It was simple, tasty and refreshing. It is great as an appetizer, salad or meal. I plan to make this a lot over the summer!
- 2 lbs. of medium raw shrimp, frozen
- Juice of 6 limes
- 1/4 medium orange
- 1 cup of cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
- 1 large cucumber, sliced or chopped
- 1/2 jalapeno, chopped OR 1/2 teaspoon of jalapeno hot sauce
- 2/3 cup of mango, semi-ripe
- 2 teaspoons of ketchup
- 1 large bowl with water and ice (ice bath)
- Clean and wash shrimp
- Place 5 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil
- Add shrimp to boiling water until cooked/pink, about 3 minutes
- Remove shrimp from boiling water and place in ice bath
- In a large glass bowl combine cilantro, onion and cucumber
- Drain shrimp, cut each shrimp in half, then add to glass bowl with other ingredients
- Pour lime juice and squeeze orange (juice) over all ingredients and mix
- Add jalapeno, ketchup and salt and pepper to taste and mix
- Add mango and slightly toss
- Add avocado over the top before serving (I didn’t have avocado)
- Serve as-is or plate with tortilla chips, plantain chips OR
- Add to sliced toasted Italian bread to make a bruschetta
- Pair with a margarita or mojito