This mouthwatering seafood dish tastes like it is freshly made straight from a beachside restaurant and ready in less than 20 minutes! It's a zesty shrimp ceviche recipe simple enough for any cook and is bursting with citrus flavors!
This is a fantastic summer seafood salad that is so refreshing it makes you feel clean and lean from the inside out!
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
- easy for every home cook – whether you are a beginner cook or well advance, anyone can make this easy shrimp ceviche recipe and I show you step-by-step instructions how.
- high protein, low fat, and great source of vegetables and healthy fat – this shrimp ceviche is made of gluten-free, keto and paleo-friendly ingredients.
- great for parties and gatherings – we love to celebrate family get togethers with ceviche as an appetizer, or serve this for dinner anytime we want a healthy quick meal!
- kid-friendly! – this shrimp ceviche is fun for the whole family and you can get the kids involved by chopping up ingredients
WHAT GOES INTO THIS RECIPE
- shrimp – use frozen that is devained with tails and shells removed for convenience and let it thaw before use. I didn't for this round and it was time consuming to remove the shells and veins.
- Vegetables: cucumber, tomatoes, onion (red or white), avocado, cilantro, garlic
- Seasoning and zesty citrus flavors: lime juice, orange juice, salt and black pepper
HOW TO COOK SHRIMP FOR CEVICHE
There are two ways to cook seafood for ceviche. You can either boil the prepared shrimp for either 2-3 minutes until it turns pink (do not over boil- remove from the the water as soon as it gets pink). Or place the prepared shrimp in a shallow bowl with ½ cup of lime juice and it set for 20 minutes on the counter. The citrus fruit will naturally turn “cook” the shrimp pink and opaque in color.
HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
STEP 1. Prepare the shrimp. If using frozen, let it set in warm water to thaw, or thaw in the refrigerator before use. If the shrimp has the shell and tail on, peel those off first.
STEP 2. Once the tails and shells are removed, remove the vein on the bottom. The best way is to use a knife to cut into the meat and pull it out. Rinse the shrimp off then cook it by boiling for 2-3 minutes (as used in this recipe method), or marinate it in lime juice for 20 minutes.
STEP 3. Prepare the vegetables. Start by chopping the cilantro and onion, removing the avocado seed and dicing it, and grating the garlic with a cheese grater into fine pieces.
STEP 4. Peel and dice the cucumber. The key is to keep the vegetables diced small.
STEP 5. Use roma tomatoes and slice them in half and remove the seeds. The center can make shrimp ceviche watery, so removing it keeps this dish light and chunky.
STEP 6. After the center is removed dice them into small pieces.
STEP 7. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl.
STEP 8. Mix the well to coat with citrus juices and serve right away or chill first.
FAQS and EXPERT TIPS
Shrimp can be cooked through stir-fry, boiling, grilling, or a lime juice marinade method. Yes, always make sure the shrimp is cooked through.
As with any meat, it is best cooked to avoid food born illness. Shrimp ceviche should also be consumed within 2 days to avoid the seafood from spoiling or the ceviche from getting soggy. If pregnant, shrimp ceviche is safe to eat in moderation (shrimp 8-12 ounces 2-3 servings per week).
Make sure it is pink or opaque in color, which is a sign it is cooked through.
You can add 1 red bell pepper, or 1 jalapeno pepper for a little sweetness or heat. Remove seeds first and dice them into fine bits.
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Shrimp Ceviche Recipe
- 1 lb shrimp tails removed and de-veined (use frozen for convenience)
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 4 Roma tomatoes diced
- 2 cups cucumbers ends sliced off, peeled and diced
- ⅔ cup sweet white onion diced (or red onion)
- ⅓ cup cilantro fresh, chopped
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt (preferable pink Himalayan salt)
- 1 avocado seed removed and diced
Start by preparing and cooking the shrimp.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. If using frozen, let it set in warm water to thaw, or thaw in the refrigerator before use. If the shrimp has the shell and tail on, peel those off first. Once the tails and shells are removed, remove the vein on the bottom. The best way is to use a knife to cut into the meat and pull it out. Rinse the shrimp off then cook it by boiling for 2-3 minutes. Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and set in a large mixing bowl.
Prepare and chop the vegetables
- Chop the cilantro and onion. Remove the avocado seed and dice the avocado. Grate the garlic with a cheese grater into fine pieces. Peel and dice the cucumber. For the tomato, remove the seeds first and the juices then dice. The key is to keep the vegetables diced small. Transfer the prepared vegetables into the mixing bowl with the cooked shrimp.
Assemble the ceviche
- In the bowl, add the lime juice, orange juice, salt and pepper and mix well until everything is blended evenly and fully coated. Serve right away or refrigerate for 30 minutes first. Serve with fresh tortilla chips, over salads or tostadas.
This recipe has been updated.