My friends and I frequent a Mexican place in town that is simply top notch. This place is perfect: close to home, perfect top shelf margaritas, servers who remember your name, and a fun bright atmosphere.
However, I cheated on my usual Mexican restaurant and went to another on a date with a someone special. On this date I tried a dish that is not served an my local hangout: Ceviche. Where has this dish been all of my life.
It’s light, refreshing, and 100% Paleo.
It seemed pretty foolproof to assemble so I tried it. My version was just as good as the restaurant I visited.
If you’ve never tried Ceviche, you should! It is a dish that is almost a salad of sorts, made with pico de gallo ingredients and a few extras. Lots of lemon and like juice serve to “cook,” more like preserve, raw seafood that is added to the dish.
Here is my version of Ceviche:
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup lime juice
1 cup cilantro
1 red onion, chopped
1 whole cucumber, peeled and cubed into 1/2″x1/2″ pieces or smaller
1 tomato, seeded and cubed like the cucumber
2 avocados, scooped out small enough to be bite sized
1 pound of shrimp
2 tablespoons salt
Several cloves of garlic, chopped
I didn’t add a chili because I wasn’t in the mood for spicy. Add chilies or peppers as you please.
Clean your shrimp. You don’t want to eat poop of any kind, do de-vein those suckers! I recommend boiling your shrimp for a couple minutes so you’re not counting on the lemon and lime juice to cook it all the way for you. That’s my disclaimer. No one likes food poisoning! Cut the shrimp in half for easier eating. You want bites of everything when you’re eating, not one component at a time.
Add chopped cilantro, lemon juice, like juice, and all other chopped ingredients and salt together in a bowl, mix well. Make sure your avocado are mixed with the juice to preserve them well. Nothing is uglier than oxidized brown avocado in a dish.
Let the mixture marinate overnight covered in the refrigerator.
In the morning, or after it has sat several hours (8-12) test if your shrimp are “cooked.” they should be pink.
Serve and enjoy!