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Shrimp ceviche

Shrimp ceviche.

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Definition: In the culinary arts, ceviche is a Latin American recipe for raw fish and seafood marinated in citrus juice, mainly lime and lemon juice. The acid in the citrus juice coagulates the proteins in the fish, effectively cooking it.

Other ingredients in ceviche typically include tomatoes, onions, chiles and cilantro.

There is no single recipe for ceviche, and many different fish and shellfish can be used in preparing ceviche. Snapper, sea bass, halibut, mah-mahi and tilapia are popular fish for making ceviche. Other seafood items used in ceviche include shrimp scallops, squid and octopus.

Shrimp ceviche, popular in Ecuador, is made solely with shrimp and includes tomato sauce. Peruvian ceviche can include corn and cooked sweet potato.
Pronunciation: se-VEE-chay
Alternate Spellings: Seviche, cebiche
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