Finished shrimp ceviche being stirred.

My Super Popular Ceviche Recipe

I love my ceviche recipe! I could eat this dish any time of the year, but it’s especially delicious during the warm summer months. It’s just bursting with all those fresh summer garden flavors. This is one of my most requested recipes from my Instagram followers, and I’m going to show you how simple it really is to make ceviche.

Finished ceviche recipe.

Does your kitchen counter overflow with tomatoes during the summer like mine does? Turning our unused side yard into a veggie garden is one of the best choices we’ve made since moving to our house in Nebraska. I love having fresh veggies, including tomatoes, all summer long. My ceviche recipe is a great way to use some of those fresh garden tomatoes.

Woman with abundance of tomatoes from her garden.


  • 1 lb small shrimp
  • 1 tomato diced (preferably roma)
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves finely diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup ketchup
  • salt and pepper to taste

Basic Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir. Serve with tortilla chips.

Keep reading for more thorough, step-by-step instructions.

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Ceviche Recipe Step-by-Step Instructions

This recipe is so simple to make and it’s a great dish to get the kids to help with. Gather your kitchen tools and ingredients, then get going.

Ingredients for an easy ceviche recipe.

Step One – Dice Onions and Tomatoes

First, I’ll dice my onions and tomatoes using both a knife and my veggie chopper. This chopper makes it so much faster and is great for the kids to use to help. Instead of dicing everything with a knife, I just slice it and then pass it off to my daughter to be finished in the chopper. I use this veggie chopper just about everyday.

If you are having trouble slicing your tomato, you might need to sharpen your knife first.

Using a kitchen knife sharpener.

Step Two – Dice Avocado

The simplest way to dice an avocado is to first cut it in half and then remove the pit.

Once the pit is out of the way, you can dice the avocado right inside the skin—just don’t cut all the way through. Then, scoop out the chunks of avocado using a spoon. Scooping out the avocado is also a great job for little helpers.

Dicing avocado for a ceviche recipe.

Step Three – Peel and Crush the Garlic

This garlic roller is a must have kitchen tool. It makes peeling the garlic for this ceviche recipe, or any recipe, so easy. You simply insert the cloves of garlic into the silicone roller, then roll it back and forth on the counter a few times, then bam! Perfectly peeled garlic.

After peeling the garlic, you can finely dice it using a knife, or my preferred method is to use a garlic press. It’s much faster and easier, and again the kids can easily operate it and help.

Using a garlic press to finely dice garlic for ceviche recipe.

Step Four – Add Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Lime juice is a crucial ingredient in any ceviche recipe. It adds a zesty brightness that really brings the dish together. You’ll need 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, which will take about 4 limes.

Step 5 – Add Shrimp

Now that we’ve added the lime juice, we want to get the shrimp in the bowl marinating. So, stir in your pound of shrimp.

Mixing in the shrimp while making my shrimp ceviche recipe.

Step Six – Finely Chop Cilantro

It seems like everyone either loves cilantro or hates it. I’m firmly in the love-it camp. Do you know that you can chop and eat both the stems and the leaves? With most herbs (think rosemary, thyme, etc.) you remove the stems and only chop the leaves. When chopping cilantro, it’s all fair game.

Bonus Tip: Do you feel like your cilantro goes bad quickly after bringing it home from the store? Store it in a jar with water like fresh flowers, and then keep it in the fridge.

Chopping cilantro for ceviche recipe.

Step Seven – Final Ingredients

To finish off our ceviche recipe, we just have to add the last few ingredients. I sprinkle in a bit of salt, some freshly cracked pepper, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and 1/8 cup of ketchup.

Give everything a good stir, and we’re ready to dive in with our favorite tortilla chips. Feel free to add more salt and pepper to accommodate your taste buds.

Kids helping with my ceviche recipe.

That’s it! It’s so yummy and easy. This ceviche recipe is great for lunch on a summer day, as an appetizer at a BBQ, or even just a fresh and fun snack. Let me know what you think when you try it!

Ceviche recipe card.

Want to see more of my delicious and easy to make recipes? You might like this copycat sparkling cider or how my family loves to make our own sushi at home.

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