Ceviche de Camarones y Mango
May 5: Cinco de Mayo
San Antonio, Texas, is famous for its fiestas. When we lived there for six super happy years, we celebrated by eating many Mexican dishes with our familia and friends, including ceviche, a dish that contains raw seafood “cooked” in citrus, usually limes or lemons, and tossed with tomatoes, onions, jalapeño peppers and cilantro. Since Islander is not too fond of fish, she found a ceviche recipe that contains shrimp cocktail. Mango is added to the mix for a vibrant color and a slightly sweet surprise. Ceviche de camarones y mango reminds us of the confetti inside the cascarones (eggs that we liked to smash especially on unsuspecting people’s heads!). This appetizer can be eaten alone or served with tortilla chips. On Cinco de Mayo, serve ceviche with shrimp and mango for a fun and flavorful fiesta.
(Adapted from Whole Foods)
- 25-30 medium-sized shrimp, raw, thawed, deveined and shelled (we used cooked cocktail shrimp; see Notes)
- 1 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1-1 ½ cups tomato, diced
- 1 semi-ripe firm mango, peeled, pitted and finely chopped
- 1 jalapeño pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
- 3-4 limes, juiced
- ½ cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Rinse the shrimp and pat dry with paper towels and discard the tails. Cut into ½ inch pieces, reserving a few shrimp to garnish (optional). Chop the onion. Dice the tomatoes. Chop the mango (one cup) and jalapeño pepper.
Place the chopped ingredients in a big bowl. Pour the lime juice over the mixture and combine well. Sprinkle with cilantro and salt and mix again. Cover and refrigerate for an hour to allow the flavors to develop and the citrus from the lime juice acid to “cook” the shrimp. Serve chilled in a margarita glass, garnished with shrimp. Or place in a small dish/bowl surrounded with tortilla chips.
- If raw seafood is a concern, replace with ready-to-eat cocktail shrimp.
- Further the fiesta fun and serve ceviche de camarones y mango on National Shrimp Day on May 10.
- Search our blog for other Mexican recipes. ¡Viva Fiesta!