Easy & Healthy Shrimp Aguachile Recipe with Lime, Cucumber & Red Onion

Easy & Healthy Shrimp Aguachile Recipe with Lime, Cucumber & Red Onion

Dive into the vibrant flavors of Mexico with this mouthwatering shrimp aguachile! If you’re a fan of ceviche, prepare to fall in love with this Sinaloan specialty. Featuring raw shrimp bathed in a tangy lime juice and chili mixture, accompanied by crisp cucumber and red onion, this dish is a burst of freshness on your palate. Unlike traditional ceviche, aguachile is served immediately, preserving the delicate texture of the shrimp and delivering an explosion of flavors.

Note: For the best results, opt for fresh, never-frozen shrimp from a trusted fishmonger. If fresh shrimp isn’t available, you can use gently cooked shrimp (skip the salt-curing step) or substitute with raw sea scallops or sashimi-grade fish. Don’t let those shrimp heads go to waste – use them to make a rich seafood broth or try them deep-fried for a crunchy snack!

Zesty Shrimp Aguachile: A Refreshing Mexican Seafood Delight


  • 1 pound sashimi-grade head-on shrimp or 12 medium shrimp, shells and heads removed and reserved for another use (see notes)
  • Sea or kosher salt
  • 2 serrano chiles, stemmed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons fresh juice from 4 limes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons diced seeded cucumber
  • Tostadas and sliced avocado, for serving


  1. Begin by preparing the shrimp: Split them lengthwise, remove any veins, and place them on a plate. Sprinkle salt generously over the shrimp, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. This step enhances the texture and flavor of the shrimp.
  2. While the shrimp is curing, create the zesty marinade. In a mortar and pestle (or blender), combine the serrano chiles with a pinch of salt. Grind until the chiles are finely pulverized. Add water and continue mixing until you achieve a smooth consistency. Incorporate the lime juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste. This vibrant mixture will be the star of your aguachile!
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the cured shrimp with your spicy lime marinade. Toss in the sliced red onion and diced cucumber for added crunch and flavor. Give everything a final seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve your aguachile immediately, accompanied by crispy tostadas and creamy sliced avocado for the perfect balance of textures and flavors.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
72 Calories
5g Fat
6g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 246mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 217mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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