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My Easy Seafood Ceviche is the perfect appetizer for your next holiday gathering. Seafood marinated in lime juice with avocado, cilantro, red onion with RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green chilies, delicious can’t get much easier!
At our home, holiday celebrations always include seafood! With the highlight being our Christmas Eve Feast of 7 Fishes. While we aren’t Italian we love the tradition of eating 7+ different types of seafood for good luck.
And one of our favorite ways to incorporate a few different types of seafood into one appetizer is with my Easy Seafood Ceviche during our holiday feast!
And it’s the perfect holiday decor too, with all the red & green colors!
What is Ceviche?
Ceviche has many names including cebiche, seviche, or sebiche. The origin is debated but thought to have it’s roots in Peru. It is essentially a seafood cocktail using fresh fish that is marinated or “cooked” in a large amount of lime juice. It also includes tomatoes, onion, cilantro and some form of spice or pepper.
How to Make Ceviche
Making ceviche is so easy! Here’s what you need:
- Seafood, I suggest shrimp, bay scallops and imitation crab
- Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
- Finely Chopped Red Onion
- Lots of Cilantro but Parsley can be used if you prefer
- Avocado, to give your ceviche some healthy fat delicious bulk. Cucumbers work great too.
- RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green chilies are my secret ingredient to making Easy Ceviche at home!
Why should you use RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green chilies in your ceviche??
RO*TEL provides an easy way to add a little zesty kick to any recipe! And saves you time, by conveniently having tomatoes and peppers, picked at the peak of the season, already prepped and ready to use, straight from your pantry. And conveniently found at your local Walmart!
The original Texas family recipe -made with a signature blend of vine-ripened tomatoes and zesty green chilies and a savory mixture of secret spices.
RO*TEL is known for delivering bold, adventurous flavor, making it the perfect addition to your holiday feast in My Easy Seafood Ceviche! Get all your friends and family to Gather Around the Fire – and by fire I mean the fiery goodness of mRO*TEL spiked Ceviche!
Before you panic, Yes, a traditional Ceviche is made using raw seafood and that’s totally ok and safe to eat.
By marinating raw seafood in fresh lime juice, it essentially cooks due to the high acidity. For food safety I encourage you to purchase high quality (wild caught) seafood from a reputable source and enjoy the ceviche within 48 hours after it was made. However, if you or your guests are not comfortable with the raw seafood, you can lightly steam it first and it will still taste delicious, I prepare mine both ways.
After your seafood is marinated in lime juice (to cook it) for roughly 2 hours, or until it’s opaque you simply add the rest of your ingredients and mix it up! I like to chill mine for 2 hours prior to serving.
Just before guests arrive, I divide servings into plastic cups for serving..
Then carefully arrange them in a tree! I use 9 cups as the base to get stated.
And don’t forget to recycle your RO*TEL can by using it as a pot for a plant or a mini holiday tree!
Original, Mild or Hot RO*TEL can be used in my Easy Seafood Ceviche.
And I always serve ceviche with lots of crispy tortilla chips instead of forks. It’s like a wonderful combination of salsa and chunky guacamole with loads of seafood!
Easy Seafood Ceviche with RO*TEL
- 1 pound raw shrimp peeled & deveined
- 1 pound bay scallops
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 14 ounce imitation crab
- 1 medium red onion finely chopped
- 2 large avocado peeled & cubed
- 3 cans RO*TEL tomatoes with green chilies
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
- Marinate raw seafood for 2 hours in fresh lime juice, in the refrigerator.
- Add remaining ingredietns mix well.
- Can be served immeiately or chilled for a few hours prior to serving.