Some foods have the ability to take you to another place. You are instantly transported to a time when you enjoyed those flavors or that specific dish. Amazing al dente pasta makes us feel like we are exploring Tuscany, piña coladas take us back to the Caribbean (and back to Spring Break…sigh) and our most recent obsession, ceviche, makes us feel like we are on an exotic vacation. So what is ceviche exactly? In its most basic form ceviche is raw fish or shellfish tossed with an acidic marinade. Where does it come from? According to J. Kenji López-Alt, Managing Culinary Director of Serious Eats, “Though the origins of the dish are not precisely known, with folks citing everything from Polynesia to Spain, the mostly likely true origins are Peru.”
Whether the dish hails from Spain, Mexico or Peru, ceviche recipes are creative, fresh, delicious and beyond easy to make. Don’t be scared by the raw fish—we’ll let you in on a little secret. You literally throw some ingredients together and POOF, ceviche! Check out our favorite ceviche recipes to get you started. Then dig in, close your eyes, and pretend you’re somewhere far more exotic than your kitchen.
1. Shrimp Ceviche
This recipe for shrimp ceviche is healthy, simple and delicious. And best of all, it is sure to impress your friends. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare (not including the time it takes to marinade) and is the perfect snack or appetizer for your next party.
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