Enjoy the delicious taste of ceviche and stay keto-compliant!
Have you ever had shrimp ceviche? Did you realize that you can enjoy this low-carb shrimp ceviche and still stay keto or low-carb compliant? Yes, it is possible. Ceviche is one of my favorite dishes! Not only because of its delicious taste but also because I can stay in ketosis. It is a win-win situation if you ask me!
Easy to make but so delicious
This low-carb shrimp ceviche is very easy to make! It only takes a few select ingredients. I like to purchase all of my ingredients organic or from local farmers. When I juice the limes, I use a very inexpensive hand-held juicer. There is no need to have a fancy juicer to juice the limes.
Refreshing and light during the summertime
I love ceviche just about any time of year! I like it in the summer or spring, but it is also suitable for the colder seasons. If someone in your household is not doing keto or low-carb, you can opt to make yucca, sweet potato, or even Inca corn as sides. My favorite side to go with it is avocado. I have found that not only is avocado tasty and keto-friendly, it is also filling, which helps me eat less.
Does ceviche help with weight loss?
Yes, it does! It turns out, that ceviche’s citrus spiciness has a range of weight-control and anti-heart disease properties, including antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6, vitamins, and collagen 1.
Is shrimp good for a low-carb diet?
It sure is! Shrimp is very low in carbs. According to Cronometer, 1 cup of shrimp equals about 2.2 net carbs. Not too shabby if you ask me! Not only is shrimp keto-friendly, but it is also full of protein. In Cronometer, one cup of shrimp equates to about 33 grams of protein.
Cooking the shrimp ceviche
Does the shrimp turn pink?
Yes, the shrimp will turn pink and the lime juice will cook the shrimp. That being said, you would want to add enough lime juice to cover the shrimp. The lime juice will slowly cook the shrimp with its acidity. You will know that the shrimp is cooking when it begins to turn pink around the edges at first. After this, it will then turn ghostly translucent and appear cooked. You may also see a change in the texture of the shrimp. If you’re not sure when your shrimp is cooked, take a chunk of shrimp, and cut it in half with a knife. If the inside is still grey, it still has a way to go 2.
Is ceviche safe to eat?
Okay, this question tends to come up quite a bit. I’ll have to be honest in that when I first tried ceviche, I, too, was concerned about the consumption. However, that being said, in life, we all take risks. Right? Anytime we eat animal products that are not prepared the conventional way (aka cooking on a stove), it tends to raise a red flag of concern. Now, I am not saying that you don’t have to be concerned; however, I think it is wise always to exercise caution. By this, I mean YOU need to know the risks of consuming ceviche.
Before eating ceviche, it is pertinent to research the internet and find different ways you could react. I would say that the risk of eating ceviche could be similar to eating sushi. It could even be a little less because the shrimp is cooked in citric acid from the limes.
What is the primary concern about eating raw food?
Any time you eat raw food, you should always be mainly concerned about parasites. Even though ceviche is technically cooked in citric acid, it is not heated. So, if you have any health concerns, I would ask your health care provider before consuming ceviche. If you are pregnant, then ceviche is contraindicated. However, if you are pregnant and are craving ceviche, you could always cook the meat on the stove before eating it.
How would I know if I have a parasite?
Usually, you will get stomach complaints if you are burdened with a parasite. These symptoms can include stomach cramps and discomfort; however, this can vary from person to person. I’ve even heard of people becoming violently ill.
A good thing to remember is that parasites are usually easily treated with medication and herbal remedies 4. As I mentioned earlier, if you have any concerns, you should always get clearance from your healthcare provider.
Low-Carb Shrimp Ceviche
Enjoy this low-carb shrimp ceviche and stay keto-compliant! It is such a great way to spice up your keto diet without breaking the rules!
- juicer(hand-held) or can be automatic juicer
- glass bowl
- 20 each limes
- 1.5 lbs shrimp
- 2 tsp stevia
- 1 each red onion
- 1 bushel cilantro
- 1 each avocado (optional for the side)
Take your 1.5 lbs of shrimp and prepare them. When I say prepare, I mean either defrost or clean them. It doesn't matter which size they are because you will be dicing the shrimp up into small pieces. The whole goal is for the lime to be able to penetrate the shrimp. Once you've defrosted and/or prepared your shrimp, you are ready to make the ceviche.
Next, dice the shrimp into small pieces and set aside.
After the shrimp is diced, then start juicing your limes. I like to cut my limes in half and then juice them with a hand-held juicer. I have found that juicing about 15 limes will do the trick. After I juice the limes, I add in the diced shrimp. An important note here is to make sure that the lime juice completely covers the shrimp(to make sure the shrimp cooks well). If I need more lime juice, then I will proceed to juice a few more limes. That is why I recommend having at least a total of 20 limes on hand just in case.
Now, cut up the red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno. While you are preparing these things place your shrimp with the lime juice in the fridge. I would stir the shrimp and lime juice occasionally. You will notice that the acidity of the limes will cook the shrimp. I would give this at least an hour but it could take longer( depends on how acidic limes are). You will see the shrimp begin to turn pink around the edges at first, then turn ghostly translucent, then appear cooked. If it is gray, then it is not ready!
Once the shrimp is are cooked through, then add in the red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno. Stir thoroughly and place back in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.
After the vegetables look translucent, then add in salt, pepper, and 2 drops of liquid stevia. Mix well and serve with avocado.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 9.4g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 1.3g||5%|
I have found this low-carb shrimp ceviche to be one of my favorite meals! I love that I can have ethnic dishes and stay keto-compliant. If you would like some other recipes on culture-inspired keto meals, you can visit my recipes section. I have Keto Aji de Gallina and Low Carb Lebanese Chicken Shawarma with Tahini sauce and Tabouleh salad. I hope to add more culturally inspired, keto dishes in the future!
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