Delicious Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Are you craving a delicious and refreshing seafood dish that’s perfect for a warm summer day? Look no further than this Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche recipe! I’m a chef specializing in both Brazilian and American cuisine, and trust me when I say that this ceviche is sure to impress.

This ceviche features succulent large shrimp that are marinated in a tangy combination of citrus juices, including fresh orange, lime, and lemon. But it’s not all about the citrus – this recipe also packs a spicy punch with spices like ground cinnamon and cumin, as well as minced garlic.

So why not try something new? This shrimp ceviche recipe offers a unique spin on the classic citrus shrimp dish, with the addition of orange juice and flavorful spices. Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s also healthy and low in calories.

Whether you’re entertaining guests at a backyard barbecue or looking for an easy and protein-rich lunch option during the week, this spicy orange shrimp ceviche is sure to please. Keep reading to learn more about the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious dish.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche
Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche

Looking for a flavorful, light and refreshing meal that packs a punch? This Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche recipe is sure to capture your attention and taste buds.

I’ll be the first to tell you that this dish is absolutely delicious. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it’s also perfect for any occasion – from backyard BBQs with friends to romantic dinners by the beach, this recipe will fit perfectly.

What sets this shrimp ceviche recipe apart from others is the addition of spicy orange juice, which adds a sweet and tangy flavor that perfectly complements the shrimp. The combination of citrus juices, spices, and fresh ingredients creates a unique and mouth-watering taste that will leave you wanting more.

If you’re looking for an alternative to classic seafood dishes, or if you’re just feeling adventurous in the kitchen, give this Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche recipe a try – you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 A colorful dish that looks as good as it tastes!
A colorful dish that looks as good as it tastes!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche recipe:

  • 1 pound of raw large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 cup of fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cups of chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup of chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Spicy orange juice mixture: Juice of 2 large oranges, juice of 3 lemons, and juice of 2 limes mixed with 1 tablespoon of ketchup

Make sure to get the best ingredients possible for your Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche. The quality and freshness of these ingredients can greatly impact the flavor and taste of your final dish.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect for a light lunch or a refreshing appetizer.
Perfect for a light lunch or a refreshing appetizer.

Now, let’s dive into the most exciting part of our recipe article, the recipe how-to section. You’re only a few steps away from experiencing the explosion of flavors in your mouth, from the first bite of this spicy orange shrimp ceviche.


Before starting, make sure you have all the ingredients listed above to avoid any last-minute panic or substitutions that may alter the taste and texture of your dish. Rinse and peel 1 pound of raw jumbo shrimp (deveined with tails-on), then cut each one into bite-sized pieces (about ½ inch to ¾ inch). Place them into a large bowl with 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice, and 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice. Mix everything together and let it sit in the fridge for at least 10 minutes while you prep other ingredients.


After rinsing, slicing and dicing other garnishes or veggies that please you, chop 2 large garlic cloves in minuscule pieces. This will give a nice garlicky taste to our ceviche without overpowering it with too much heat. Next, use 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves to add freshness and color to your dish. Slice 1 medium red onion very thinly (you can also use Belgian endive for a milder flavor), then chop 4 small vine ripe tomatoes into small cubes.

Mix and Marinate

Add everything that you chopped into the bowl with our citrus shrimp mixture: garlic, cilantro, onions, and tomatoes. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves powder, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon powder, ¼ teaspoon ground cumin powder, and freshly ground black pepper (½ teaspoon) to give it some heat. After combining all ingredients thoroughly, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes – this will allow the flavors to meld together beautifully.


To elevate your orange shrimp ceviche even further, we recommend adding sliced ripe mango or avocado on top. You can also serve with fresh tortilla chips or tostadas. Be creative – this citrus shrimp ceviche is your blank canvas!

Congratulations! You’ve successfully cooked a delicious and easy spicy orange shrimp ceviche. Enjoy it with any food that you think will pair well with this dish – perhaps a light white wine or a refreshing caipirinha. If you’ve enjoyed our recipe article, let us know in the comments below!

Substitutions and Variations

 Take your taste buds on a trip to Brazil with this spicy shrimp recipe.
Take your taste buds on a trip to Brazil with this spicy shrimp recipe.

Looking to switch things up a bit? Here are a few substitutions and variations you can make to this spicy orange shrimp ceviche recipe:

– Mango: Add some sweetness to the dish with chopped fresh mango.

– Belgian endive: Swap out the tomatoes for some thinly sliced Belgian endive leaves. The crunch will add a nice texture.

– Frozen shrimp: If you can’t find fresh shrimp or want to save time, use pre-cooked frozen shrimp. Just be sure to thaw it out completely before using it in the recipe.

– Red bell pepper: For an extra pop of color and flavor, mix in some diced red bell pepper.

– Peruvian ceviche: Want to change up the citrus flavors? Try using a mix of orange and sour lime juice to create a traditional Peruvian-style ceviche.

As always, feel free to experiment with different spices and seasonings to suit your taste preferences. And don’t hesitate to share your own substitutions and variations with us – we love learning new ways to enjoy this tasty dish!

Serving and Pairing

 Who said healthy can't be delicious? This ceviche proves otherwise.
Who said healthy can’t be delicious? This ceviche proves otherwise.

Once your spicy orange shrimp ceviche is complete, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the mouth-watering flavors. A serving of this dish is an explosion of tastes, with each ingredient contributing a unique flavor to the mix. The subtle sweetness of orange juice blends perfectly with the tangy citrus notes of lime juice, and when combined with fresh cilantro and chopped red onions, it creates a delicious symphony of flavors that’s hard to resist.

To serve, spoon individual portions into small bowls or stemless wine glasses. Don’t forget to include plenty of the citrus-infused shrimp ceviche sauce in each bowl, as this is where all the flavor magic happens.

Looking for ways to take your shrimp ceviche experience to new heights? Consider pairing your dish with a crisp white wine or cold beer. If you’re feeling adventurous, try serving it with Belgian endive leaves as a creative twist on traditional crackers or tortilla chips.

For a complete meal, hearty side dishes like rice, beans or grilled vegetables would work well. You can also top it off with some avocado slices or mango chunks for an extra dose of creaminess and sweetness.

Overall, there is no wrong way to serve and pair this shrimp ceviche recipe. It’s an incredibly versatile dish that complements many cuisines and styles. Whether you’re enjoying it as a refreshing appetizer, light lunch or healthy snack, one thing is certain – this spicy orange shrimp ceviche recipe will always leave you wanting more!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 What's better than citrusy seafood on a hot day? Not much, if you ask me.
What’s better than citrusy seafood on a hot day? Not much, if you ask me.

Once the Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche is prepared, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to two days. Keep it covered with a plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. The shrimp will continue to cook and pickle in the citrus juices, enhancing the flavors.

To serve it again, you can gently stir the ceviche before placing it on serving plates. You can also add some fresh ingredients such as diced tomatoes or cilantro to add some extra flavor and texture.

If you are planning to make this dish ahead of time, you can peel and devein the shrimp in advance, but it’s important not to cut them into bite-sized pieces until you’re ready to prepare the dish. You can also mix together all of the other ingredients except for the shrimp and keep them in a separate bowl until you’re ready to combine everything.

In terms of reheating, ceviche is typically served chilled, so there’s no need to heat it up. In fact, cooking or heating up the shrimp could ruin its tender texture and affect its taste. Instead, just take out the ceviche from the refrigerator about 10-15 minutes before serving so that it can come back to room temperature.

Overall, this is a dish that is easy to prepare in advance and store for later consumption without sacrificing on its delicious taste and texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The bright orange color of this dish is sure to brighten up any table.
The bright orange color of this dish is sure to brighten up any table.

When it comes to the Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche recipe, attention to detail is essential for achieving a perfect result. Here are some tips that will help make your dish outstanding.

Firstly, choosing good-quality ingredients is crucial. Fresh seafood is a must for ceviche dishes, and in this recipe, the raw shrimp should be peeled and deveined before being cut into small pieces. Be sure not to overcook them!

Secondly, when you’re preparing the citrus juices for the marinade, use fresh-squeezed limes, lemons, and oranges. These citrus juices will help “cook” the shrimp and infuse the dish with a bright acidity that balances out the spiciness.

To add even more depth of flavor to your ceviche, try using Peruvian or sour oranges. These types of oranges have a sourness that pairs incredibly well with seafood and will give your ceviche a unique tang.

When it comes to seasoning, be generous with spices like ground cloves, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, and dried oregano. These seasonings will add depth and complexity to the overall flavor profile of the dish.

Lastly, it’s important to let the ceviche marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows time for the flavors to meld together and develop a richer taste.

In conclusion, if you follow these tips carefully, your Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche recipe is guaranteed to impress your guests with its bright citrus flavors and spicy kick.


Now that you know how to prepare a delicious spicy orange shrimp ceviche, it’s time to tackle some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish. In this section, I’ll provide answers to some of the common doubts people have when making shrimp ceviche at home. So be sure to read on and clear any confusion before heading into your kitchen to start cooking!

What color should shrimp be in ceviche?

When cooking shrimp with citrus acid, it’s important to note that the color of the shrimp will differ from that of sauteed or grilled shrimp. While those methods might yield bright pink or red shrimp, the citrus acid will result in the shrimp turning opaque and a pale white or very light pink color.

How long to marinate ceviche?

The duration of the marinating period is a crucial factor in the preparation of ceviche. It is recommended to marinate the fish for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to an hour, depending on the size of the fish pieces, to allow the citrus to properly cook the fish. If the ceviche is marinated for two hours, it will still taste good; however, if left for an extended period, the dish will have a more pickled fish taste.

What is ceviche sauce made of?

Ceviche is a dish made by marinating fresh raw fish in lime juice along with onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and salt. This popular delicacy originates from the coastal regions of Central and South America, particularly Mexico, Peru and other nearby places. Depending on the location, the flavors of this popular dish can vary greatly.

What can I use instead of lemon juice in ceviche?

A great option for the recipe would be to use a blend of lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, bitter orange juice, vinegar, or a mix of these ingredients.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche Recipe is an excellent dish to enjoy during the summer season. It’s flavorful, refreshing, and easy to make with readily available ingredients. By following my tips and recommendations in this article, you can make the best shrimp ceviche that will impress your family and friends.

Remember to take advantage of substitutions and variations to customize the recipe according to your taste preference. From using frozen shrimp or cooked shrimp to adding mango or Belgian endive, there are many options to choose from.

By trying out this spicy orange shrimp ceviche recipe, you will not only expand your culinary skills but also indulge in a healthy and delicious dish. So why not gather your ingredients and give it a try? You won’t regret it!

And if you want to see how it’s done step-by-step, check out the recipe video included in this article. With my guidance and the visual demonstration, you’ll be able to master this citrus shrimp ceviche in no time.

I hope that you have found my article helpful and informative. Now, go ahead and enjoy your homemade shrimp ceviche!

Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche

Spicy Orange Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Makes a great appetizer, party snack, side dish or main course! Also try using assorted seafood such a tilapia, crab, scallops, etc. I included the ketchup, but you can use sweet Ecuadorian tomato sauce as traditional or skip it altogether as I prefer! Some also like it on the side and let the guests choose. You can also place a dollop on the side of the martini glass as some restaurants do. You can flash cook the shrimp if preferred by placing in boiling water for 2 minutes before peeling and deveining them. You can make this with only an hour or so of "cooking" in the citrus juices, as you prefer. Also...I use 2-3 jalapenos and occasionally habenero for extra pep! Serve with a crisp but fruity sauvignon blanc (rochioli or girard)
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Peruvian
Calories 222.4 kcal


  • 1 lb large shrimp
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 -2 jalapeno, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • sea salt
  • hot sauce
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus leaves for garnish
  • 1 Belgian endive, spears separated


  • 1/2 cup ketchup


  • Peel and devein shrimp. Pat dry.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the ketchup with the orange juice. Add the lime and lemon juices, garlic, jalapeño, oregano, pepper, cumin, cinnamon and cloves and season generously with salt and hot sauce. Add the shrimp, red onion, tomato and chopped cilantro. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight; stir once or twice.
  • Spoon the shrimp and sauce into martini glasses or onto small plates, garnish with endive spears and cilantro leaves and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 205gCalories: 222.4kcalCarbohydrates: 25.2gProtein: 26.5gFat: 2.6gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 172.8mgSodium: 535.8mgFiber: 5.4gSugar: 13.7g
Keyword Easy, South American, Summer, Weeknight
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.