This Tomatillo Ceviche Recipe with Shrimp bursts with fresh, delicious flavors. It’s a lovely, show-stopping first course.
Do you have a friend who — no matter how much time goes by without talking — you still feel totally connected?
My dear friend Pilar lives in Madrid, Spain. I lived there for a year and — just by chance — my study abroad program placed me in her apartment. We became close friends instantly and we felt like sisters. Everyone actually thought we were sisters — twins even!
I’ve been back to visit her a few times over the years, and she’s been here.
I can’t eat shrimp in any form without thinking of Aguadulce in the south of Spain, where Pilar’s family has a home.
In the summer, we’d sit by the beach and eat unbelievably fresh shrimp right out of the shell — right out of the ocean!
While this ceviche is made up of several ingredients, it has that super refreshing quality I love when I eat shrimp.
What’s in this recipe?
- lime juice
- orange juice
- Serrano chili peppers
- salt, pepper
- extra virgin olive oil
It’s the perfect first course or appetizer for your Cinco de Mayo festivities this weekend!
Clearly Spain has nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo, but really I’m all about the shrimp here and this Tomatillo Ceviche highlights it so well!
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This Tomatillo Shrimp Ceviche Recipe bursts with fresh, delicious flavors. I'ts a lovely, show-stopping first course.
Makes about 2 cups
- ½ cup fresh lime juice from about 3 limes
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- ¾ pound fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined, and finely chopped
- ⅓ cup tomatillo, outer husk removed, finely chopped (about 1 large tomatillo)
- ⅓ cup tomato, washed and dried, seeds removed, finely chopped (about 1 medium-sized tomato)
- ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Serrano pepper, washed and dried, seeds removed, super finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, washed and dried, finely chopped
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- drizzle extra virgin olive oil
Mix the lime and orange juice in a medium-sized glass bowl. Add the shrimp, cover with plastic wrap, and let it marinate for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator.
Remove the marinating shrimp from the refrigerator and gently mix in the tomatillo, tomato, onion, pepper and cilantro, cover and return to the refrigerator to marinate for about 1 more hour, or until the shrimp appears to be "cooked." It should be completely opaque and slightly pink.
Drizzle with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and season generously to taste with salt and pepper.
You can adjust the amount of Serrano pepper you add, depending on how much heat you like. The amount listed in the recipe makes the ceviche medium hot.
Are you wondering how the shrimp in the ceviche is "cooked?" Wonder no more! The acid from the citrus actually changes the structure of the proteins in the seafood, essentially "cooking" it without using heat.