Shrimp ceviche or ceviche de camaron is one of the most popular Ecuadorian ceviches. Ceviches, also known as cebiches (both spellings are acceptable), are very popular all around Ecuador, but especially at the beach. One of the great things about this type of ceviche is that the shrimp are already cooked. So if you have health concerns or aren’t comfortable with the idea of trying to make homemade fish ceviche – which is typically raw fish “cooked” by the acidity of lime juice – then this one is perfect for you, especially if you want to try it for the first time. Though making fish ceviche with fresh high quality fish and keeping it refrigerated makes it a safe to make at home dish, so once you are comfortable with the shrimp variation I recommend that you try the fish one.
Classic Ecuadorian shrimp ceviche recipe: shrimp marinated in lime and orange juice with red onions, tomato and cilantro
- 2 pounds, about 1 kilo, of cooked shrimp (if you buy it raw, I suggest you cook it in beer or coconut milk for amazing flavor)
- 2 red onions sliced very thinly
- 4 tomatoes sliced very thinly or diced
- 1 bell pepper (red or green), diced - optional
- The juice of 10-15 limes
- The juice of 1 orange
- ½ cup of ketchup or ½ cup of freshly blended tomato juice (for a fresher style ceviche)
- 1 bunch of cilantro chopped very finely
- Salt, pepper and oil (sunflower or light olive oil)
- Soak the onion slices in salt water for about 10 minutes, rinse well and drain.
- Mix all the ingredients together in large bowl and let it sit in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.
- Serve with chifles (fried green banana or green plantain chips) or patacones (thick fried green plantains).
This recipe for my classic Ecuadorian shrimp ceviche is one of the easiest and quickest ways to prepare this mouthwatering Latin dish. It is also very popular and one of the most requested dishes by my friends, in fact I make this ceviche for almost every party I host. There are other spins on this ceviche dish, some are slightly more complicated but amazingly good. I will post these other variations of shrimp ceviche later.
Ceviche is usually served with garnishes such as thick green plantain chips called patacones or tostones. Chifles or thin green plantain chips are another popular garnish for ceviche. My favorite garnish is tostado de maiz, a crunchy corn nut type snack that goes great with this dish. In some places, especially Quito, they also love to serve ceviche with a side of popcorn. Enjoy!
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