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Fish & Shrimp Ceviche


Photo Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz GrowingUpBilingual.com. All Rights Reserved.

Ceviche is one of my favorite foods, it’s a great summer or beach food and you can add different shellfish and fish to it.  Ceviche is a traditional food in many Latin American countries and this version is from Guatemala, my home country.


  • 4 large tomatoes , diced
  • 2 lbs of firm, fresh red snapper fillets (or other firm-fleshed fish), cut into 1/2 inch pieces, completely deboned
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro , diced
  • 1 jalapeno , diced
  • 12 limes , squeezed
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup , secret ingredient
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


Combine fish and lemon juice in a ceramic or other non-reactive dish and marinate in the refrigerator for one hour then stir to make sure more of the fish gets exposed to the acidic lime juices and let stand for another hour.  Add salt, pepper, Ketchup,Worcestershire sauce, onion, tomatoes, chilies and cilantro, marinate for 2 more hours. Remember to always refrigerate when your marinating! Serve with crackers and accompany with an ice cold Michelada!

Shrimp Ceviche 

You can use shrimp instead of fish or add shrimp and make a shrimp and fish ceviche. Replace the fish for 2 lbs of medium shrimp , peeled and deveined or half the fish and use 1 lb of shrimp. Blanche shrimp in boiling water for 5 minutes, then shock in ice cold water. Strain when cooled.  Then follow the marinating directions for the fish ceviche.

¡Buen Provecho!

I post recipes that are either typical dishes from my home country of Guatemala, recipes from other Latin American countries or interesting and fun recipes with ingredients that give them some sabor Latino. If you have any suggestions or would like a specific guatemalan recipe let me know in the comments section.




About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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1 comment

  1. Monica de Cordero

    Great recipe!! Love the michelada drink too!! Keep it up!!! So I can try new things!

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