No cooking required, this Easy Shrimp Ceviche recipe is the best dish for summer. Cool, light and refreshing, easy Shrimp Ceviche is on the table in minutes and perfect for parties. Made with just a few simple ingredients, it creates a flavor explosion for your tastebuds. I like to make a big batch when I have friends over and serve with a bowl full of tortilla chips so guests can dig right in. Or I just pile a few spoonfuls right onto a romaine leaf, taco style, for a light lunch or dinner.
Hey all! This is Kellie from The Suburban Soapbox and I’m new here. I’m super excited to be able to share some of my family’s favorite dishes that I created over the years here at Spend with Pennies. Some things you should know about me, I worked in the corporate world for a really long time and hated the looming task of making dinner hanging over my head all day long. So, many times in my cubicle….I’d create recipes in my head that wouldn’t require that much effort AND wouldn’t leave me with a ton of dishes when I was done. I hate dishes….but I love to eat. Those two things have helped me create the most flavorful recipes ever and still have time to sit and binge watch Netflix all night. I hope you enjoy my favorites as much as I do!
I’m a huge fan of making shrimp dishes on the regular because shrimp cooks quickly, allowing me to get dinner on the table in a hurry. These Skillet Shrimp Fajitas are on regular rotation lately because they take minutes to prepare and I only have pan to clean. And when I’m entertaining, I love to serve up these Garlic Roast Shrimp Cocktail because shrimp soaks up all the flavors when you cook them making it a pleasant surprise from the usual shrimp cocktail recipes. And also….one pan to clean.
But the winner of all shrimp dishes has got to be this quick easy Shrimp Ceviche recipe because…..no cooking required. I thought about how to make shrimp ceviche and the flavor is out of this world and it takes just minutes of hands on time. AND you only have one bowl to clean. I thought about how to make shrimp ceviche in the easiest way!
What is Shrimp Ceviche?
Traditional ceviche is a South American dish of raw seafood tossed in an acidic marinade like citrus juice or vinegar which “cooks” the fish. I first fell in love with ceviche while on vacation in Mexico, it was light and refreshing which was perfect because the heat was insane down there. Their ceviche had a variety of fish and shellfish mixed in with some vegetables. For my version, I started with cooked shrimp because it helps the recipe come together a lot more quickly AND I like the texture better than when I start with raw shrimp.
I also wanted to punch up the flavor of this best Shrimp Ceviche recipe a bit more by adding in finely diced jalapeños, chopped jicama for crunchy sweetness and creamy avocado. The traditional flavors are there, as is, the burst of fresh citrus juice that’s a staple in ceviches.
How do you make Shrimp Ceviche?
This Easy Ceviche Shrimp recipe is so simple to make with just a handful of ingredients. I start with cooked shrimp from my grocer’s seafood counter that’s been peeled and deveined. I chop the shrimp into 1/2 inch pieces and toss it in a bowl along with a combination of citrus juices like lime, lemon and orange. The orange in the marinade tones down the tartness of the lemon and lime adding a vibrant, freshness you will miss if you skip it.
Then, I let the shrimp marinade in the citrus juice for about 30 minutes while I chop up the vegetables. For this Shrimp Ceviche recipe, I use tomatoes, jalapeños, jicama, cilantro and red onion. If you’re looking for something a little on the mild side, you can substitute the jalapeño for a bell pepper or skip it altogether. I just like a little heat in my ceviche recipes but it’s not a total necessity. And if you’re wondering what jicama is, it’s a a crispy root vegetable also known as a Mexican turnip that looks like potato. They’re usually found with the avocados and other ethnic produce at your local grocery store. They taste a bit like an apple with a similar texture so if you can’t find them at your store you can substitute a peeled and chopped apple, any variety will work.
Easy Shrimp Ceviche Recipe
- 1 lb cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about two lemons
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, about 3 limes
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 4 whole plum tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
- 2 whole jalapeno peppers, seeds and vein removed, minced
- 1 cup diced jicama (or diced peeled apple)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1 avocado, pitted and diced
- kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
Chop the shrimp into 1/2 inch pieces and transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon, lime and orange juice to combine. Pour 1/2 cup of the citrus juice over the shrimp and toss to combine. Allow the shrimp to marinade 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.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)