Not in the mood to cook? No problem! This Easy Shrimp Ceviche Recipe is fresh and flavorful, comes together in just a few minutes and there’s no cooking required! This healthy recipe is great served as tacos, in lettuce wraps or with chips!

Bowl of shrimp ceviche with lime and cilantro

It’s no secret that I love Mexican food, and the condiments make it next level because they add big, bright flavor to every dish. I can’t imagine eating pork carnitas without my tomatillo salsa.

And my homemade guacamole is an absolute must when I serve chicken burrito bowls! ๐Ÿ™‚

This easy Shrimp Ceviche recipe is one of my favorite things to make. It’s fresh and bright, and completely addictive!

It’s reminiscent of my mango salsa, but this recipe also includes tender chunks of wild shrimp and creamy avocado to make it satisfying enough to enjoy as a meal.

Shrimp ceviche with limes and cilantro

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Shrimp ceviche is bursting with sweet and savory flavors and is completely addictive!
  • It’s so easy to make, and there’s no cooking required as the shrimp “cooks” in acidic citrus juice.
  • This is a versatile recipe that can be served as an appetizer or a fresh, light main dish.
  • It’s a healthy recipe that’s also dairy and gluten-free.

Recipe ingredients

Every bite of this mango shrimp ceviche is bursting with refreshing, tropical flavors. All of the ingredients may be easily found at your local grocery store.

Shrimp ceviche recipe ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Shrimp. I prefer fresh wild shrimp for this ceviche as it’s the star of the dish (I used wild blue shrimp which is why the shrimp is white instead of pink). Frozen shrimp may be used, just be sure to thaw it according to package instructions prior to preparing the ceviche. Pro tip: The size of your shrimp will determine how long it takes to “cook” in the citrus juice.
  • Citrus juice. Freshly squeezed citrus juice is a must for this recipe as bottled doesn’t have that fresh flavor. I used a combination of lemon, orange and lime juice, but any combination of citrus will work fine!
  • Mango. Use any variety you’d like, just make sure the mango is ripe and fragrant so that it’s as sweet and juicy as possible. Pineapple would be a great substitute for the mango.
  • Jalapeรฑo. I prefer to seed the jalapeรฑo before chopping it up to control the amount of heat. If you like things spicy, add the seeds and even more jalapeรฑo.
  • Veggies and herbs. I used red bell pepper and red onion for crisp, savory flavor, but feel free to substitute with tomato and green onion if you prefer. Cilantro is a must for fresh flavor, but if you’re not a fan, add freshly chopped parsley instead.

How to make this recipe

This Mexican shrimp ceviche recipe is extremely easy to make. Prep your shrimp, cook it in the citrus juice, then add the remaining ingredients!

Pro tip: Use peeled and deveined shrimp as a timesaver, however it’s more cost effective to do it yourself. See my recipe chili lime grilled shrimp skewers for tips on how to peel and devein shrimp.

How to make shrimp ceviche
  • Prep the shrimp by separating the shell from the underside of the shrimp and removing it. Using kitchen shears, cut along the top middle of the shrimp from the head to tail to expose the membrane and remove it. Chop the shrimp into 1/2″ chunks and place in a medium bowl. Add the salt and pepper and toss gently to combine, then add the lime, lemon and orange juice and stir gently, making sure that the shrimp is submerged in the citrus juice. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes and up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • When the shrimp is “cooked”, it will be opaque (white or pink depending on its original color).
  • Add the mango, avocado, bell pepper, red onion and cilantro and toss to combine. Adjust the seasoning as needed.

FAQs

Is ceviche safe to eat?

Shrimp ceviche is safe to eat as shrimp is “cooked” in acidic citrus juice. It must sit in the citrus juice for 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size and thickness. Once it turns opaque, it is no longer raw and is safe to eat.

What is the best shrimp for ceviche?

I prefer to use fresh wild shrimp for ceviche as it is the star of the dish — you’ll taste the difference. Frozen shrimp may be used, but it will need to be defrosted according to package instructions prior to preparing the ceviche.

The size of your shrimp will determine how long it takes to cook in the citrus juice. I like to cut the shrimp into bite-sized pieces to speed up the process.

What goes well with ceviche?

Ceviche is very versatile and may be served as a main dish in tacos or lettuce wraps, or as an appetizer with your favorite chips. It’s also great with a side of cilantro lime rice!

Chip dipped into shrimp ceviche

How to serve this recipe

This light and refreshing mango shrimp ceviche is very versatile and may be served a number of ways.

Recipe notes

  • Pro tip:  The marinating or cook time for your shrimp will vary depending on the size.  Small shrimp may take around 30 minutes, while jumbo shrimp can take up to 2 hours.  
  • Pro tip:  Fresh shrimp and citrus juice make all the difference as they’re the star ingredients in this recipe!
  • Prep time includes 10 minutes to peel and devein the shrimp. You may purchase shrimp that’s already been peeled and deveined as a time saver!
  • The color of your shrimp will vary depending on the type you used.  I used wild blue shrimp, which is more white than pink once it has cooked in the citrus juice.
  • Shrimp ceviche is best the day it is made as the shrimp will become tough or overcooked the longer it sits in the citrus juice. I’ve eaten it up to 2 days afterward and it’s still delicious — the shrimp are just not as tender.
Shrimp ceviche in a bowl with a chip in the middle

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If you make this recipe Iโ€™d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment and rating below, or tag me @flavorthemoments on Instagram!

Bowl of shrimp ceviche with lime and cilantro

Easy Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

It doesn't get easier than this Shrimp Ceviche Recipe! It's bursting with fresh flavor and there's no cooking required! Serve as an appetizer or in tacos or lettuce wraps!
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. large or jumbo shrimp fresh shrimp is preferred; follow package instructions to thaw if frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice about 4-6 large limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice about 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 1 large orange or (4) mandarins
  • 1 medium mango pitted, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large avocado pitted and chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions 

  • Skip this step if your shrimp is peeled and deveined. Peel and devein the shrimp by separating the shell from the underside of the shrimp and removing it. Using kitchen shears, cut along the top middle of the shrimp from the head to tail to expose the membrane and remove it.
  • Chop the shrimp into 1/2" chunks and place in a medium bowl. Add the salt and pepper and toss gently to combine, then add the lime, lemon and orange juice and stir gently, making sure that the shrimp is submerged in the citrus juice. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes and up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. When the shrimp is "cooked", it will be opaque (white or pink depending on its original color).
  • Do not drain the liquid from the shrimp! Add the mango, avocado, bell pepper, red onion and cilantro and toss to combine. Adjust the seasoning as needed, then serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Pro tip:ย  The marinating or cook time for your shrimp will vary depending on the size.ย  Small shrimp may take around 30 minutes, while jumbo shrimp can take up to 2 hours.ย ย 
  • Pro tip:ย  Fresh shrimp and citrus juice make all the difference as they’re the star ingredients in this recipe!
  • Prep time includes 10 minutes to peel and devein the shrimp.
  • The color of your shrimp will vary depending on the type you used.ย  I used wild blue shrimp, which is more white than pink once it has cooked in the citrus juice.
  • Shrimp ceviche is best the day it is made as the shrimp will become tough or overcooked the longer it sits in the citrus juice. I’ve eaten it up to 2 days afterward and it’s still delicious — the shrimp are just not as tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 191mg, Sodium: 786mg, Potassium: 384mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 931IU, Vitamin C: 51mg, Calcium: 127mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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**This recipe was originally published in May 2015. The recipe, photos and text have been updated to include more information.

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