I’m on my own this Saturday night and whenever that happens I like to make myself something special. Usually that means a giant wheel of Brie and a bottle of wine but since I’m cutting back on the cheese I decided to do something a little more “clean.” I accidentally bought pre-cooked shrimp at the grocery store the other day (instead of raw) – this is my problem with the grocery store. I want to get out of there so bad that I just blindly grab things that look right. I’m the worst grocery shopper ever. I usually only come home with half of what I need because I hate it so bad. It’s a conundrum to love to cook but to hate to shop for food. Oh well. Crosses to bear and all that. Anyways! Shrimp ceviche it is! It just sounded perfect. And it is. And easy. And there’s really no “cooking” involved. Cheers!
- 1 red onion, diced small
- 1 tsp olive oil
- the juice of two limes
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced small
- 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, each tomato quartered
- 1 lb large, cooked, deveined shrimp
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
- Dice red onion and put into a bowl with the lime juice, season lightly with salt and pepper and let marinate at least 5 minutes
- Dice the avocado, jalapeno, cucumber, tomatoes and add to bowl with onions
- Peel the shrimp and cut into three pieces per each shrimp – add to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients, mix well. Stir in the cilantro. Serve in martini glasses at room temperature or chilled.
Ceviche is a general term for any seafood dish, where the seafood is “cooked” by curing in an acidic marinade, usually primarily made of lime juice or tomato juice. I can’t recommend to you that you use raw shrimp in ceviche unless you are getting it fresh off the boat, straight from the water and are curing it within half on hour of picking it up. Fish is a little different, but with shrimp, just be careful.
This dish is so light and delicious and pairs perfectly with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. So light and delicious, in fact, that before you know it, you’ve eaten an entire bowl of Ceviche and 3/4 a bottle of wine . . . although, to be fair, I only made half of this recipe. And to be perfectly honest, I drank the entire bottle of wine. What? It’s St. Patrick’s day weekend, give me break. Ceviche, take me away!