I’ve never met a ceviche I didn’t like. Sometimes, nothing can stop a serious seafood craving like sushi, sashimi or ceviche. They require the freshest seafood and veggies you can get your hands on. And other than some fine chopping, they require little else.
The acid in citrus juices basically “cooks” the seafood in a process very similar to applying heat, but when I use shrimp in ceviche, I place them in some boiling salted water first…although very briefly.
For the poaching liquid…
2 quarts water
1/4 cup salt
For the ceviche…
1 pound raw wild-caught American shrimp, peeled and deveined
juice of 2 lemons
juice of 2 limes
juice of 2 oranges (I had blood oranges this time)
1 cup diced seeded peeled cucumber
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 cup diced seeded tomato
1 avocado, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
1 tablespoon roughly chopped cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon Fleur de Sel
Combine water and 1/4 cup salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add shrimp and immediately turn off the heat. Let the shrimp sit for just a minute, drain and transfer to a bowl of ice and place in fridge to cool.
Remove cooled shrimp from fridge and drain. Chop shrimp into 1/2″ pieces and place in a medium non-reactive bowl. Add lemon, lime and orange juice. Stir in cucumber, onion and pepper flakes. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Stir in the tomato, avocado, chopped cilantro, olive oil and Fleur de Sel into the shrimp mixture. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with cilantro leaves, if desired.