Shrimp Ceviche

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Easy homemade Shrimp Ceviche with tender shrimp marinated in lime juice and tossed with red onion, jalapeno, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro. This bright and refreshing dish is always a hit.

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Bright, flavorful, and ready in just a few minutes, this mouthwatering Shrimp Ceviche recipe is the ultimate summertime recipe. Enjoy it as a refreshing dip with tortilla chips or as the main course alongside a bowl of rice. It guarantees to be the star of the show!

Ceviche is one of my all-time favorite dishes to make during warm months. It’s cool, refreshing, and the perfect light meal when the sun is shining. We serve this all summer long as an appetizer or as a meal with crispy baked tostada shells.

Low in calories, high in protein, and loaded with incredible nutrients, seafood is one of the healthiest foods to incorporate into your diet. I am always looking for new ways to serve it at home and this Shrimp Ceviche recipe is one of my absolute favorites. We also love these Mango Shrimp Tacos.

Even when I’m serving people who claim not to be seafood lovers, they can’t help but love this dish. Unlike many cooked fish recipes, this tasty dish doesn’t have that ‘fishy’ taste you may be accustomed to. It’s loaded with so many fresh and vibrant ingredients that all work together in perfect harmony, the picky eaters in your life will forget they ever said they didn’t like seafood.

Not only is this delicious shrimp recipe wholesome and packed with fresh flavors, but the vibrant colors make it an eye-catching addition to the table. It’s beyond easy to whip up, so I love serving this to my friends and family at social gatherings. This dish is especially handy in the summertime when cool, refreshing dishes are a must.

Try this recipe out on its own as a light meal, alongside chips for the perfect snack, or paired with rice for a complete dinner. Leftovers will stay good for up to 48 hours, but I have a feeling it won’t last for more than a few hours—it’s that good!

Ceviche with shirmp, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, and cilantro in a white bowl.

What’s You’ll Need for Shrimp Ceviche

This vibrant and zesty recipe comes to life using under 10 ingredients. The key ingredients you will need to make this Shrimp Ceviche recipe include:

  • Shrimp: I use the medium-large size and cook them prior to chopping them up for the recipe. You can cook the shrimp any way you like, but I recommend steaming or poaching them.
  • Lime juice: The acidity in the lime juice soaks into the shrimp, adding a ton of bright and beautiful flavor.
  • Cilantro: Fresh herbs like cilantro add a ton of incredible flavor that brightens up the whole dish.
  • Jalapeno: This adds a touch of heat that perfectly rounds out the rest of our bright flavors.
  • Red onion: Thinly sliced red onion adds a delightful bite and textural variation to the dish. It’s a staple ingredient in any traditional ceviche.
  • Avocado: Rich, creamy avocado tastes delicious and balances out the lighter ingredients in the dish. It’s also packed with healthy fats and nutrients!

Serving and Substitution Tips

Here are some of my favorite serving styles and substitutions for this dish:

  • This dish can be served as a dip alongside tortilla chips or plantain chips, or as a main course alongside rice or quinoa.
  • You could also serve this dish on top of tostadas or inside lettuce wraps.
  • To really let the flavors come together and if time allows, I recommend letting this dish sit in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.
  • You can skip the step of chopping up the shrimp if you’d rather use small shrimp and leave it whole instead. This part is entirely based on preference!
  • If you’re serving someone with a shellfish allergy, feel free to sub out the shrimp for a firm white fish like red snapper, cod, or halibut.
  • If you’re making this dish ahead of time, wait to add the avocado until just before you’re ready to serve.
  • For those of you who don’t like spicy food, feel free to substitute the jalapeno for diced bell peppers or leave out the peppers altogether.

How long does the shrimp need to marinate in the lime juice?

Depending on the size of the shrimp you are using, shrimp can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes to fully cook in lime juice for ceviche. If you are nervous about using raw shrimp, you can also use cooked shrimp in this recipe and simply let it marinate in the lime juice for flavor. 

Lime shrimp ceviche topped with sliced avocado and cilantro with limes on the side.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this flavorful dish:

Is shrimp ceviche safe to eat?

Completely! While you can make shrimp ceviche using raw shrimp, we use cooked shrimp in this recipe to eliminate any concerns about raw shellfish. This dish is 100% safe for consumption. If you choose to use raw shrimp in this recipe, make sure you get freshly caught shrimp and let it marinate in the lime juice for an hour before you eat it.

Is shrimp ceviche healthy?

Yes! This dish is packed with lean protein, healthy fats, and tons of vitamins and minerals. Because it’s low in calories and high in protein, it makes a fantastic addition to any healthy diet.

Where does this dish come from?

Ceviche is a classic dish from Peru and is also the country’s national dish. It’s traditionally made with a base of cubed raw fish, lime juice, fresh cilantro, onions, and some kind of peppers. It is also very popular in Mexico and Latin America.

What can I use instead of jalapenos?

If you don’t like the heat from jalapenos, you can substitute them out for diced bell peppers or simply leave the peppers out altogether.

How do you store this dish?

This dish will keep in the fridge in an airtight bag or container for up to 48 hours. I would refrain from attempting to freeze it, as the acid in the lime juice will continue to break down the proteins in the shrimp, resulting in a pile of mush after more than a few days.

Is shrimp healthy

Because shrimp is low in calories and high in protein, it’s widely considered to be an incredibly healthy food. It’s also loaded with vitamins and minerals, many of which are not abundantly found in other foods. Among the many vitamins and minerals found in shrimp are vitamin B12, selenium, iron, iodine, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Ceviche made with shrimp, red onion, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro in a bowl with limes and salt on the side.

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Shrimp Ceviche

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  • 1 lb cooked shrimp, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp jalapeno, diced
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

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Toss together the shrimp, red onion, jalapeno, cherry tomatoes, cucucmber, and lime juice. Place in a shallow glass dish or bowl where the shrimp can soak in the lime juice. Let sit for about 10 minutes if the shrimp are already cooked. If you want to use raw shrimp, soak the shrimp and red onion only in the lime juice for 20-40 minutes, flipping once, until the shrimp is opaque and pink. Then stir in remaining ingredients.

Lime juice being added to chopped shrimp, red onion, cucumber, and tomatoes in a bowl.

When ready to serve, stir in the avocado and cilantro., Season well with salt and pepper. If the ceviche feels too sour, add a drizzle of olive oil. This is best eaten immediately as the ingredients break down as it sits.

Cilantro being added to shrimp ceviche in a bowl.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214
Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 214mg
Sodium 136mg
Total Carbohydrate 11g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 3g
Protein 29g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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