There is a family-owned and run Mexican restaurant in our small town that serves some of the best food, especially if you know how to order. Everything isn't listed on the menu! Fortunately for us our son-in-law was born in Venezuela, loves good food and speaks fluent Spanish. He's been a big help, and introduced us to some great dishes at El Norteno. Their Shrimp Ceviche is delicious, and I've just about mastered it. —Annelle
shelled and deveined medium sized shrimp
Blackened Seasoning (like Zatarains)
extra virgin olive oil
large sweet onion, finely diced
finely diced carrot
tomatoes, seeded, and diced
fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
Sea salt to taste
seeded and finely chopped jalapeño, or dried red pepper flakes to taste
limes, the zest and the juice (may need another lime or two)
Toss shrimp in blackened seasoning and saute for one minute only in olive oil over medium-high heat. Remove from pan and immediately cool in ice water. Drain and chop shrimp. You want chunks of shrimp.
Add onions, carrots, tomatoes, and cilantro to chopped shrimp. Add salt to taste, along with either jalapeño or dried red pepper flakes. Finally add lime zest, and stir to thoroughly combine.
Pour into serving dish. Add fresh lime juice until it just barely covers the mixture. Add smoked sweet paprika evenly over the top and garnish with cilantro leaves. Marinate for at least an hour in frig.