Satisfy Your Cravings: Delicious Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Are you looking for the perfect summer dish that not only impresses your guests but also satisfies your cravings? Look no further than my delicious shrimp ceviche recipe. This recipe is a crowd-pleaser and has the perfect balance of tangy lime juice, fresh cilantro, and succulent shrimp that are sure to transport you to the sandy beaches of Brazil.

My easy shrimp ceviche recipe is exactly what you need to infuse a little bit of excitement into your summer meals. It’s so simple to make and requires only a handful of ingredients, most of which you may already have in your pantry.

This dish is also incredibly versatile – it can be served as a main course or as an appetizer paired with crispy tortilla chips or plantain chips. It’s perfect for any occasion, from backyard barbecues to intimate dinner parties.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and let’s dive into this amazing shrimp ceviche recipe that will amaze your taste buds!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

The Best Shrimp Ceviche!
The Best Shrimp Ceviche!

Attention foodies! Have you ever craved something light, fresh, and flavorful that won’t leave you feeling too heavy? Perhaps something with a perfect balance of acid and sweetness? Then, you’ll surely love this shrimp ceviche recipe!

One of the many reasons why you’ll love this easy shrimp ceviche recipe is because it’s incredibly easy to make. You only need a handful of ingredients which are easily found in your local grocery store. It won’t take long for you to whip up this dish, making it perfect for last-minute plans or when you want to satisfy your cravings quickly.

This shrimp ceviche recipe also packs a punch of flavor. The combination of zesty lime juice, juicy plum tomatoes as well as the freshness of cilantro and red onion work wonders together with the shrimps. The tender shrimps marinated in fresh citrus and spices create a perfect blend of tangy flavors that will leave your taste buds spellbound.

Plus, this dish is versatile! Whether you’re looking for an appetizer to serve at a party or a main dish for your weeknight meal, shrimp ceviche is perfect for any occasion. This dish also pairs perfectly with chips, crackers or even cucumber rounds that would elevate your dining experience.

Last but not least, if you’re watching your calorie intake, let me tell you that shrimp ceviche is anything but heavy on calories. It’s low-carb; thus making it an ideal dish to consume during summer months where we crave lighter meals.

In conclusion, between its delicious simplicity, bright flavorful ingredients, versatility, nutrition value and low-calorie count–this easy shrimp ceviche recipe needs to be added onto your must-try list!

Ingredient List

 Fresh and zesty shrimp ceviche, a perfect summer dish!
Fresh and zesty shrimp ceviche, a perfect summer dish!

Here’s a list of the ingredients 1 pound medium-sized or small shrimp for this easy shrimp ceviche recipe:

  • 1 pound peeled and deveined small or medium shrimp (tails removed)
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 6 limes)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced plum tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For serving (optional):
– Sliced cucumber or avocado
– Small corn tortilla chips

All of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. Don’t forget to choose ripe and juicy limes and lemons, as freshly squeezed citrus juice is key to making an amazing shrimp ceviche.

The Recipe How-To

 Dive into the flavors of the tropics with every bite of this shrimp ceviche.
Dive into the flavors of the tropics with every bite of this shrimp ceviche.

Now that you have your ingredients assembled, it’s time to dive into the recipe how-to. This easy shrimp ceviche recipe is perfect for a refreshing summer dish or a light appetizer. Follow these simple steps to make the best shrimp ceviche you’ve ever tasted.

Prepare the Shrimp

To prepare the shrimp, either use fresh shrimp that have been peeled and deveined or cooked shrimp that have already been prepared prior. If using fresh shrimp, simply squeeze the juice of 2-3 limes over 1 pound of peeled and deveined tails on top of a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes until shrimp becomes opaque and pink, indicating that they’re cooked in lime juice.

If using cooked shrimp, simply cut them into 1 inch pieces and add them to a large mixing bowl.

Add the Vegetables

Now that the shrimp is prepped, begin to add the vegetables to the mixing bowl. Start by adding diced plum tomatoes and chopped cilantro to the bowl. Then finely chop red onion and add 1/2 cup of it to the bowl as well.

For added flavor, minced garlic or diced cucumbers can be added as well.

Mix and Marinate

Once all ingredients are added to the mixing bowl, pour a mixture of freshly squeezed lime juice and lemon juice over them. Add 1/4 cup of lime juice and 1/4 cup of lemon juice for every 1 pound of medium-sized shrimp used.

Stir all ingredients together with a spoon until they’re thoroughly combined. Then let mixture marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator so that flavors blend together perfectly.

Serve Time

When serving time arrives, plate individual portions of this deliciously easy shrimp ceviche on salad plates or glass martini glasses. Top each portion off with avocado slices or chopped mango and enjoy!

Pro Tip

For those that prefer more of a kick to their shrimp ceviche, add a dash of garlic powder or a finely chopped jalapeño pepper.

That’s it! This shrimp ceviche recipe is an easy way to enjoy a refreshing, light dish any time of the year.

Substitutions and Variations

 Shrimp never tasted so good! Try this delicious and easy-to-make ceviche recipe.
Shrimp never tasted so good! Try this delicious and easy-to-make ceviche recipe.

Are you feeling adventurous and want to switch up your shrimp ceviche recipe? Don’t be afraid to try these substitutions and variations to make your dish even more unique!

1. Mango: If you want to add a tropical twist to your ceviche, try adding diced mango. The sweetness of the fruit goes perfectly with the tangy lime juice and cilantro.

2. Fish: Swap out the shrimp for fresh, raw fish like tilapia or snapper for a Peruvian-style ceviche. Make sure to let the fish “cook” in the lime juice for longer than you would with shrimp.

3. Mexican-style: Add some diced avocado, jalapenos, and top with hot sauce for a Mexican twist on shrimp ceviche.

4. Shrimp cocktail: If you prefer cooked shrimp, simply swap out the raw shrimp for cooked shrimp peeled deveined tails removed. Instead of marinating it in lime juice, mix it with ketchup, horseradish, and chili sauce for a classic shrimp cocktail.

5. Cucumber red onion mixture: Want an extra crunch? Add diced cucumber and red onion to the mix along with your plum tomatoes and cilantro for more texture and contrast.

Remember, the possibilities are endless when it comes to making ceviche! Experiment and find what works best for you and your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect appetizer for your next beach party or backyard barbecue.
The perfect appetizer for your next beach party or backyard barbecue.

Shrimp ceviche is a dish that is perfect for hot summer days, as it is light, refreshing, and packed with bold, zesty flavors that will impress everyone at your next party or gathering. The best way to serve shrimp ceviche is to make sure it is chilled before serving, which will help to enhance its flavors and textures.

When it comes to pairing shrimp ceviche with other foods or drinks, there are a few things you can consider. For instance, this dish pairs well with tortilla chips or crackers, which give it a satisfying crunch and balance out its acidity. You can also serve it with avocado slices on top, which add creaminess and healthy fats that complement the shrimp’s freshness.

As for beverages, you can choose between beer or white wine to enjoy with your shrimp ceviche. A cold lager is the perfect accompaniment to this dish since its crispness helps to cut through the lime’s acidity. Alternatively, a Sauvignon Blanc offers citrusy notes and refreshing acidity, making it an ideal pairing option for seafood dishes like shrimp ceviche.

And if you are looking to add some extra flair, you can even create a tropical twist on the classic shrimp ceviche by adding diced mango, papaya or pineapple to the mix. This will give your dish an exotic touch that is perfect when entertaining guests.

In summary, when serving and pairing shrimp ceviche, remember to keep it chilled and opt for crunchy sides like tortilla chips and creamy toppings like avocado. And don’t be afraid to experiment with different drinks or fruit combinations to make your dish more exciting!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Fresh and bright ingredients come together in this refreshing and tangy shrimp ceviche.
Fresh and bright ingredients come together in this refreshing and tangy shrimp ceviche.

If you are planning to host a party and want to make the shrimp ceviche in advance, then you’re in luck! This dish can be easily made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Just follow the recipe instructions and store the ceviche in an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve, simply give it a good stir and it’s ready to go.

Although, if you have leftovers or have made more shrimp ceviche than needed, it can still be stored for later consumption. However, do remember that this shrimp ceviche is best consumed within a day, as over time the acids from the lime juice can break down the protein of the shrimp making it mushy.

Reheating shrimp ceviche is not recommended. It is best consumed cold and fresh, but if you desire even colder than cold ceviche, then add some ice cubes to keep it chilled.

So there you have it! An easy make-ahead shrimp ceviche recipe with simple storing instructions too. With these tips you’ll be able to enjoy your delicious creation without any fuss and more importantly – no waste!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Serve up a taste of the sea with this delicious shrimp ceviche.
Serve up a taste of the sea with this delicious shrimp ceviche.

Do you want to achieve the perfect blend of flavors and textures in your shrimp ceviche? Here are some expert tips to take your recipe to the next level.

Firstly, ensure that your shrimp is fresh or properly thawed if using frozen ones. Large raw shrimp is ideal for ceviche, but if you have smaller ones, that can work too. Devein and remove the tails before cooking them in lime juice for a few minutes. This will give them a cooked appearance without altering the flavors or the texture. It’s essential not to overcook the shrimp; otherwise, it will turn rubbery and chewy.

The secret ingredient for any great shrimp ceviche recipe is lemon and lime juice. Use freshly squeezed citrus juices instead of bottled lemon juice, which can overpower flavors and contain preservatives. I recommend using three parts lime juice to one-part lemon juice for a balanced taste. The acidity from the lemons and limes will ‘cook’ the raw shrimp without using heat. Letting the mixture stand for 15 minutes ensures that shrimp absorbs enough acidity.

When dicing onions, it’s essential to avoid making them too large or too small. A medium-sized chop helps distribute onion flavor throughout every bite of ceviche so that onion lovers can indulge without overwhelming others. A red onion is perfect for this dish since it has a milder flavor, and its vibrant color adds a pop of brightness to your dish.

To add more texture to your bowl, consider adding diced tomatoes or peeled cucumbers cut into inch pieces. Cilantro pairs particularly well with shrimp ceviche by providing an earthy freshness that enhances other flavors in the mix.

Finally, serve immediately after mixing and marinating, garnished with extra cilantro or avocado slices on top for an extra layer of flavors, colors, and textures.

By following these tips, you’re sure to create a winning shrimp ceviche dish every time.


As with any recipe, there may be some questions that come up during the cooking process. In this section, I’ve attempted to address some of the most common concerns and inquiries that people have when preparing shrimp ceviche. From how to properly cook and marinate shrimp, to substitutions for certain ingredients, read on for answers to frequently asked questions about this delicious and refreshing dish.

How long should ceviche be marinated?

To get the best results when making ceviche, the time you marinate the fish is crucial. The recommended time for the fish to be marinated in citrus juices varies depending on the size of the fish pieces. It’s advisable to marinate the fish for at least 30 minutes, but ideally about an hour. Going beyond two hours is not recommended, as the ceviche could become more like pickled fish instead of a perfectly cooked dish.

What liquid is ceviche marinated in?

Ceviche is a dish made from raw fish that is cured in citrus juices like lime, and combined with a mix of vegetables such as onion, tomatoes, and cilantro with a sprinkle of salt. This delicacy comes from the coastal regions of Central and South America, and it has gained immense popularity from Mexico all the way down to Peru. The beauty of this dish lies in its versatility, as each country and region has its own take on it, making it unique and exciting to try.

Is frozen shrimp good for ceviche?

Frozen shrimp can be used for this recipe, but it’s essential to thaw it beforehand. It’s worth noting that most “fresh” shrimp available at the market is actually defrosted frozen shrimp.

How long does raw shrimp need to sit in lime juice?

We’ll start off by preparing the shrimp for the recipe. First, take a large mixing bowl and add the shrimp to it. To give it a tangy twist, squeeze half a cup of lime juice over the shrimp. Keep the bowl aside for at least 15 minutes, allowing the shrimp to steep in the lime juice. This gives a unique texture to the shrimp, making it juicy and delicious. It is essential to ensure that you don’t exceed this time limit as anything more than 15 minutes can lead to the shrimp becoming rigid, while anything less than that won’t cook it completely.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you want to impress your guests and treat them to a flavorful dish with a touch of spice, look no further than this delicious shrimp ceviche recipe. It’s easy to make, versatile, and perfect for any occasion.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and substitutions to cater to your personal taste preferences. And remember, when it comes to making the best shrimp ceviche, freshness is key. Use the highest quality ingredients available to you and let their natural flavors shine through.

So why not dive into the world of ceviche? Whether you’re enjoying a beach day or hosting a dinner party, this dish is guaranteed to wow your guests and tantalize their taste buds. Trust me; once you try this easy shrimp ceviche recipe, it will become a staple in your recipe collection.

The Best Shrimp Ceviche!

The Best Shrimp Ceviche! Recipe

This recipe is the result of many trials of different recipes and techniques. For me this is the perfect shrimp ceviche. I use a precooked shrimp that is about twice the size of a cocktail shrimp. This size of shrimp can be somewhat difficult to find, I purchase mine at Costco in 2lb bags in the frozen section.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Peruvian/Mexican
Calories 146.9 kcal


  • 1 lb of precooked small shrimp, thawed and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (do not de-vein)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 handful cilantro (1/3-1/2 bunch)
  • 2 -3 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 3 limes, juice of
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Thaw shrimp in refrigerator overnight. Squeeze juice from shrimp and place in colander. Rinse shrimp with cold water and squeeze shrimp again to remove excess water. This step is important to remove the "fishy taste", from the shrimp. Repeat this process once more and place shrimp in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix with a spoon. Dump ceviche into a ziploc bag and place in fridge, turning over the bag every 30 minutes or so to mix ingredients. After marinading for 2-3 hours, drain excess juice from bag and place ceviche back into the medium bowl. Enjoy on top of tostadas or saltine crackers topped with avacado slices. Feel free to double the recipe for potlucks or bbqs.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 143gCalories: 146.9kcalCarbohydrates: 8.2gProtein: 23.8gFat: 2.1gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 172.8mgSodium: 171.1mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 3g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Easy, Egg-free, Free Of..., Mexican, No-Cook, Potluck, South American
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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.