This shrimp ceviche is light and packed with fresh citrus flavor.

This ceviche is made with chopped shrimp, crisp veggies and avocado, all tossed in a delicious citrus mixture that’s summer party perfect!

So easy to make, this seafood dish is colorful and yummy. Serve with a side of tortilla chips for a great snack!

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An Easy & Elegant Appetizer

Traditional ceviche is a South American dish marinating raw seafood in an acidic marinade like citrus juice or vinegar which “cooks” the raw fish, shrimp, or shellfish (instead of heat). It’s a great fresh snack for hot weather and a go-to when we visit Mexico!

In this recipe, we use cooked shrimp but you can use fresh raw shrimp if you’d like. Ensure that the shrimp is very fresh if using raw. We add in other south-of-the-border ingredients like tomatoes, jalapenos, avocado, onions, and jicama give shrimp ceviche color, crunch, and flavor.

This dish is full of flavor, made with fresh ingredients, and it’s healthy too!

  • Quick to make and no cooking required makes this dish a favorite for everyone!
  • Ceviche makes a great snack or appetizer but it is also great served as a light lunch over a salad or wrapped in lettuce.
  • Ceviche is so versatile! Make it a healthy, low-calorie appetizer, a topping for salads and omelets, or a side dish for all your favorite Mexican dishes!
ingredients to make Shrimp Ceviche

Ingredients for Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp – Classic ceviche is made using chopped shrimp or bay shrimp which are super easy to find pre-cooked and ready to use. If using raw shrimp, ensure it’s very fresh.

We prefer to use cooked shrimp in this recipe as not everyone has access to fresh shrimp. We like the texture and cooking the shrimp can kill harmful bacteria. Additionally, the FDA recommends that children, elderly, immune-compromised, and pregnant women do not eat undercooked seafood (including ceviche).

Citrus – Fresh citrus is what this dish is all about! Grab fresh lemon, lime and oranges and squeeze the juice fresh for the best flavor! Orange keeps the mixture from being too tart or sour while lime brightens the flavors.

Vegetables – Tomatoes, jalapenos, red onions, and avocado bring color and texture. Thinly sliced radishes and sliced green onions work well too. For more heat, you can sub a serrano chile for the jalapeno.

In a pinch for time? Use pre-made pico de gallo from the produce section.

Variations – Experiment with the quantities of the ingredients but always try for fresh lemon, lime, and orange juices, and always mix in a generous amount of cilantro for the best results!

cutting shrimp to make Shrimp Ceviche

How to Make Shrimp Ceviche

This shrimp recipe is not only colorful and crunchy but filled with an abundance of flavors.

  1. Chop the shrimp into bite-sized pieces (as per the recipe below).
  2. Whisk together the citrus juices & pour over the shrimp to marinate.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except for avocado & marinate.
  4. Season & serve immediately.

If using raw shrimp, be sure to marinate it in the citrus juices until it becomes opaque (looking as though it is cooked) before adding the other ingredients or up to 4 hours.

How To Cook Shrimp

If you’ve purchased raw shrimp and you’d like to cook it before adding it to the citrus marinade, we’d suggest poaching it as we do in our shrimp cocktail recipe.

ingredients in a bowl to make Shrimp Ceviche

What to Serve with Shrimp Ceviche?

So many options! Serve shrimp ceviche with tortilla chips or homemade crostini, scooped into cucumber boats, avocado halves, or piled on top of tostadas. Use it as a salsa for quesadillas or tacos.

Don’t forget the festive cocktails! A pitcher or two of white sangria will round out any fiesta!

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Storing Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp ceviche doesn’t last long in the refrigerator without losing its crunch, so it’s best enjoyed the same day it’s made. Otherwise, keep it in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a day.

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Easy Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

This quick and easy Shrimp Ceviche recipe is ready in minutes with no cooking required.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound cooked shrimp* peeled and deveined
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice about 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice about 3 limes
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 4 whole plum tomatoes seeds removed and diced
  • 2 whole jalapeno peppers seeds and vein removed, minced
  • 1 cup jicama diced, or diced peeled apple
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1 avocado pitted and diced
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Instructions 

  • Chop the shrimp into ½ inch pieces and transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon, lime, and orange juice to combine. Pour ½ cup of the citrus juice over the shrimp and toss to combine. Allow the shrimp to marinate in the juice for 15 minutes.
  • Add the tomato, jalapeño, jicama (or apple), cilantro and red onion to the shrimp. Toss the ingredients to combine and allow to marinade for an additional 10 minutes. Stir in the avocado and remaining juices.
  • Season the ceviche with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with tortilla chips, if desired.

Notes

Do not use lemon, lime or orange juice from a container. Fresh squeezed is recommended for best results.
Shrimp Ceviche is best enjoyed the same day it’s made. 
*We prefer to use cooked shrimp in this recipe as not everyone has access to fresh shrimp. Additionally, the FDA recommends that children, elderly, immune-compromised, and pregnant women do not eat undercooked seafood (including ceviche).
If using raw shrimp, cut it into bite sized pieces and marinate in the citrus juices at least 30 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 116 | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine Mexican

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  1. Thank you Kellie for this amazing recipe. So easy to make and the finished Cerviche looks and tastes as if it was a secret family recipe past down through the generations. Incredibly refreshing as well. Personally i don’t like my food really spicy hot, so as a precaution I started with only 3/4 of a jalapeño, finely chopped. It was perfect! My friends have asked me to make this again. This time I am using two avocados instead of just one and a whole jalapeño. Thank you for sharing this fantastic recipe.5 stars

  2. The recipe was a hit. Great for summer.

    I call bullshit; however, on the “15 minutes prep” – that is entirely inaccurate. Give yourself more like ONE HOUR to juice all the limes, lemons, and oranges, gut the seeds from the tomatoes and jalapenos and dice them, and dice/chop/mince everything else. Who are these people? Really, who are these people that do ALL of that in 15 minutes?

    The recipe might take “15 minutes prep” – IF – all you had to do was throw it together and everything else was done.

    But it went over well, it was refreshing, and it’s a great potluck dish, especially in summer. I might consider tweaking it by adding some cumin to it and perhaps a little sage.5 stars

  3. don’t use bottled citrus juice but use cooked shrimp, no thank you. you should use canned shrimp to make it even easier! LOL! excellent recipe! the flavors tie together beautifully ! i actually used a similar recipe in my master chef tryout.4 stars

  4. One other note from the comments below. Don’t remove the the juice it is a big part of the experience. In South America it is relished as the gran finale and they call it “Sangre de Tigre” or the blood of the tiger.

  5. I would disagree about not using orange juice. It is not intended to be the principal citrus flavor but it adds another component to the flavor. I lived in Ecuador and dated a Peruvian who used a little orange also and her ceviche makes me want to go back. On a sideline the Ecuadorians always serve ceviche with popcorn. Also it is a fabulous hangover cure.

  6. Absolutely the wrong way to make ceviche is to follow the above recipe. The proper way is to use raw shrimp and absolutely never use orange juice. Only one type of lemon in the whole plant is proper for ceviche and it grows naturally in only two places in the world (Mexico & Peru) but is now farmed & grown in many places. Use ONLY GREEN Lemons, some people including grocery stores call them limes but they are actually green lemons. Green lemons are about the size of small Valencia oranges and can mainly be found in the hispanic grocery stores and almost never in a typical grocery store in the USA. DO NOT USE Key Limes as they are way to sour.

    1. What about clamato? I’ve always known ceviche to be made with this tomatoe-esk juice (also great with beer, aka chelada)

      1. We don’t use Clamato in our ceviche recipe but that sounds delicious Ms. Ind!

  7. Do you drain the juices from the shrimp after it marinates for 15 minutes, prior to combining with the remaining fruits/veggies and citrus juice.

  8. Excellent and refreshing! I did use a green apple, first making sure it wasn’t sweet, since I couldn’t find jicama at store-it was delicious!5 stars

  9. I made this shrimp ceviche recipe today. It was much easier than my standard recipe.It was absolutely fantastic. The only difference was I added one diced jalapeno. It will now be my go-to ceviche recipe.

  10. Whoever said ceviche doesn’t include orange juice needs to read up a bit. Peruvian ceviche includes oj. Everything about this recipe is amazing, thank you!!5 stars

  11. Thank you for sharing this recipe..delicious! I used cucumber instead of jicama, it turned out great. I don’t care if it’s not actually ceviche or not..it’s the taste that counts, and this is definitely a winner. So refreshing and and an impressive appetizer for guests. I appreciate the simplicity, and the balance of ingredients is 5 stars