Lately we’ve been preparing a lot of colorful meals that not only play with your taste buds, but also your eyes. This dish is no different! We had some extra ingredients lying around and decided to whip up ceviche to snack on. Well, one thing lead to another and we ended up with this gorgeous plate of shrimp, scallop, mango, pineapple, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro – all bathed in some lime juice, salt, and pepper. It’s fun to get creative with our ingredients, and this turned out to be a really easy ceviche to put together. If you don’t have shrimp or scallops, you can also use raw fish. Additionally, lemon juice can be used in place of lime juice.
For those who are not familiar with ceviche (also spelled seviche), it’s a name given to this dish that involves citrus-marinated seafood. It’s origins came either from Peru or Ecuador, and nowadays, you can find ceviche in many South American restaurants. However, we think it’s a lot more fun to make your own at home! Just grab a bag of tortilla chips and you’ve got a refreshing snack to enjoy for a couple of days!
We combined the following ingredients into our large mixing bowl: 8 oz. chopped shrimp, 8 oz. chopped bay scallops (we actually poached the seafood for a couple of minutes to speed up the cooking process, but you can keep it raw if you'd like), 1/2 small red onion diced, 2 jalapeño seeded and diced, 2 cups chopped Roma tomatoes, 1/3 cup rough chopped cilantro, 1/4 cup chopped mango, and 1/4 cup chopped pineapple. The addition of the fruit gives this ceviche a nice sweetness to balance out the tang, saltiness, and heat.
To this rainbow medley, add 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice along with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Let this marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors develop. It's actually best if you can leave it in the fridge overnight.
When the ceviche was ready to dig in, we also added 1/2 cup of chopped avocado to add a rich creamy texture to the dish. As you can see, instead of going to the tropics, we brought it into our kitchen! This is a healthy and flavorful appetizer that is great for parties and get-togethers. Who wouldn't enjoy seafood with fresh ingredients like this? All you have to do is chop-chop-chop and you've got yourself a delightful Tropical Ceviche to impress your family and friends!
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