Tropical Shrimp Ceviche

In my previous post, I mentioned that I served Tropical Shrimp Ceviche as appetizer for my Foodbuzz 24×24 lunch held last September 4. My concept was to serve Filipino-inspired dishes and if you’re wondering what is Filipino with this dish, you probably must not have thought about our local kilawin 🙂

Our local kilawin is a ceviche. What we use for kilawin is raw fish (either tuna, salmon or tanigue) and we it cook in some form of acid (usually vinegar or calamansi juice). By the way, I have a tip for you. When you make kilawin, have a separate “acid” marinade where you cook the seafood and make a fresh marinade using the same ingredients when you’re about to serve it. That way, you remove the “fishy” odor and taste of the original marinade 🙂

Back to our ceviche…

Here, I used shrimps and cooked/marinated it in lime juice and lemon juice. Because I wanted it to have a tropical feel to it (something Filipino too because we’re a tropical country), I added ripe mangoes and cucumbers to the dish.

Here’s the recipe:


  • ½ kilo shrimps
  • 2T salt
  • ¾ cup lime juice
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 serrano chili
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • onion
  • sugar and pepper to taste

This is really easy to prepare 🙂

Get a pot of water, add salt, and bring it to a boil. When the water’s boiling, add the shrimps and cook it for 2 minutes, nothing longer than that. Right after 2 minutes, get the shrimps and immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water. Let the shrimps cool then remove the heads and shells.

Meanwhile, mix all the ingredients except cilantro. Here, you need to adjust the sugar, salt and pepper depending on how you want the citrus to taste like. When you’ve reached the right mix of flavor, add in the shrimps and let stay for at least an hour before serving.

I would have served my ceviche in a martini glass but because I wanted the lunch to be less formal, I decided to serve it in a mini-ceramic square dish.

It’s that simple! Maximum satisfaction guaranteed with minimal effort 😛

Try this, I’m sure your guests will love it 🙂


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