Fresh and Easy Shrimp Ceviche

 How to make fresh, healthy, and delicious shrimp ceviche at home! This shrimp ceviche is made with limes, lemon, red onion, cucumber, chile peppers, cilantro, and avocado. I love it served as an appetizer or for a light meal. Jump to the Shrimp Ceviche Recipe or watch our video below to see how we make it.

Ceviche is a dish popular throughout Latin America that’s made with raw seafood “cooked” in citrus juices. Fresh caught seafood is essential for the best tasting ceviche. It’s also important because of food safety.


1 pound large or extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined

3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, 6 to 7 limes

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1 to 2 lemons

1/4 medium red onion, finely minced

1 cup diced cucumber

2 chile peppers like serrano or jalapeño, deseeded and minced

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 medium avocado, diced


Fill a pot 2 quarts (8 cups) of water and add 2 tablespoons salt. This makes up a poaching liquid and helps to season the shrimp.

Bring the water to a boil, add the shrimp, and then immediately take the pot off of the heat. Leave the shrimp in the poaching liquid until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. You can tell when the shrimp is cooked when it’s firm and opaque throughout.

Note, if you have fresh caught shrimp, you can skip the poaching step, see our tips in the notes below and in the article above.

Remove the shrimp from the poaching liquid and spread out on a cutting board to cool. When the shrimp are cool enough to handle, remove the tails (if there are any) and chop into bite-size pieces.

Optional: To tone down the raw flavor of the onion, de-flame them by adding the chopped onion to a small bowl and cover with water. Set aside for 30 seconds or so, and then drain.

Add the cucumber, onion, minced chile peppers, and cilantro, and chopped shrimp to a non-reactive bowl (glass, stainless steel, and ceramic bowls are perfect).

Pour over the citrus juices and a pinch of salt. Toss well, and then press the shrimp down into the liquid as much as possible. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Just before serving, stir in the avocado. Taste, and then season with salt if you feel it is necessary.

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