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Orange-Basil Shrimp Ceviche

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Orange-Basil Shrimp Ceviche

A twist on a classic ceviche using oranges instead of the standard lime, and basil in place of cilantro.

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 4
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Orange-Basil Shrimp Ceviche  

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Ceviche tastes like summer to me.


It’s light, refreshing, and the flavors dance around in your mouth and pop off your tongue. I often forget how much I love ceviche until I take that first bite and my whole body seems to wake up and say hello! I recently made this orange-basil twist on traditional ceviche when it was too hot to turn on the stove.

Some people avoid ceviche because they’re weirded out by eating raw fish. Ceviche, however, is not raw. The citrus cooks the fish in a similar (yet totally different) way that heat does. The taste, texture, and appearance are much more like something cooked than that of raw sushi.

Even though the citrus cooks the fish, you still need to be very careful about the fish you choose. You want to use the freshest stuff you can find for this recipe. It helps to know the fishmonger, live near the ocean, or even catch it yourself.

As a disclaimer: Consuming raw or under cooked shellfish may increase your risk of foodborne illness. If you feel uncomfortable with this recipe, you can quickly blanch the shrimp in boiling water, then toss it in the citrus marinade and serve.

Orange-Basil Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Squeeze the limes and oranges through a strainer so you don’t get any seeds in the ceviche. This recipe is a twist on the more common ceviche that uses all limes and cilantro.

Orange-Basil Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Look at these cute little baby prawns I got from my fishmonger! This is why it helps to develop a relationship, they will be sure to tell you what the freshest stuff is that day. He took these out from the back for me.

Orange-Basil Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Just chop the shrimp into small pieces. Ceviche is similar to salsa, with fish instead of tomato.

Orange-Basil Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Depending on the size, freshness, and type of fish, this could sit in the fridge cooking for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half. I had very fresh fish and very small chunks, so it only needed 15 minutes.

Orange-Basil Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

As you can see, the shrimp has gone from translucent to opaque, just like it would have if we cooked it traditionally.

Orange-Basil Shrimp Ceviche Recipe



Dan Whalen’s favorite shot is one part leftover ceviche juice and one part pepper vodka. He has been blogging for over 3 years on his website The Food In My Beard; check Dan’s Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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Orange-Basil Shrimp Ceviche

Ingredients

1/2
pound of the freshest shrimp possible
2
juicy limes
5
juicy oranges
1/2
red onion, diced
1
clove garlic, grated
2
tablespoons chopped basil

Directions

  • 1 Juice the limes and oranges through a strainer into a medium bowl that is large enough to fit the shrimp
  • 2 Add onion, garlic, basil, and salt to taste.
  • 3 Chop shrimp into small pieces and add to citrus. Stir and be sure that the fish is fully submerged. Add more orange and lime juice if needed.
  • 4 Allow to sit in the fridge until the shrimp turns opaque and appears to be cooked. Depending on the smallness of your shrimp pieces, the freshness of both the citrus and the shrimp, and your desired level of doneness this could take between 15 minutes and 45 minutes.
  • 5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Consuming raw or under cooked shellfish may increase your risk of foodborne illness. Be sure to get the freshest shrimp you can get! It helps to know the source (i.e. fish monger or fisherman). If you DON'T know the source of your shrimp, this recipe would still taste good if you cooked your shrimp, then chilled it in the citrus mixture.
  • 6 With a slotted spoon, remove some of the shrimp and place on a plate. Serve with your choice of chips, tortilla, sweet potato, puffed corn, crostini, or my favorite, a spoon.
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