Friday, February 8, 2013

Wild Shrimp Ceviche (appetizer for 2)


It is shrimp season here in New Hampshire and these shrimp are as fresh as you can get them--especially when you buy them right off the boat as I have done!  I placed my order for a 5-gallon bucket (roughly 30 pounds) a few days in advance, waited patiently by the dock with a group of other shrimp enthusiasts, made a few friends while waiting for the shrimp boat to return from sea. We watched anxiously as a crew member shoveled fresh shrimp into the buckets, which then were hauled by ropes from the boat to the happy customers.  I found the whole experience to be exciting, particularly when you see how fresh these shrimp were. They were still moving!  As soon as I got a hold of them I took one, peeled it and ate it whole right at the dock.  I was about to pass out from starvation and when I saw how fresh these shrimp were I could not help myself. Needless to say it was delicious, exceptionally sweet and tasted better than any shrimp I had ever eaten.  When I got home I knew that I had to eat some of them fresh and so I was inspired to make this ceviche dish.

Wild Shrimp Ceviche (appetizer for 2)

Ingredients:


30-35 fresh New Hampshire wild shrimp, washed well, peeled and cut each shrimp into 4-5 pieces
1 avocado, diced
1/4 C chopped cilantro
1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
6 grape tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 Tbsps chopped red onion
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp mirin
A pinch of lime zest
A pinch of black or white pepper
Pinches of salt to taste

Method:

1) Mix all of the ingredients together until well blended.
2) Garnish with 2 whole peeled shrimp and cilantro leaf.
3) Serve immediately with pita chips or crostini.

it was getting darker and colder as we all waited
anxiously with our coolers/buckets
for the shrimp boat to return
crew member shoveling shrimp
into buckets
hauling buckets of shrimp from the boat
up to the customers
what an exciting night and everyone went
home happy with loads of fresh shrimp!!
*Fresh shrimp is difficult to peel since the shell is attached tightly to the shrimp body.  If you wait until the next day the shrimp will peel much easier but remember that they will be day old shrimp. My friend Ralph who is a former fisherman recommended soaking the shrimp the night before for easy peeling.  Thank you Ralph for the tip!
*If you are going to eat raw seafood:  Eat only what is very fresh, eat sea life that have been caught in clean water and always buy from a reliable source.  If you do not catch your own seafood I highly recommend that you get to know your local fishermen and fish mongers.  
*F/V (fishing vessel) Rimrack is a family owned fishing business located in beautiful Rye Harbor, NH. Thank you Rimrack for the amazingly fresh and tasty sea life!!  Please support and buy from your local fishermen.  If you are interested in buying from F/V Rimrack please visit their website:  
http://www.rimrackfish.com.  Rimrack staff is very friendly and helpful and they will happily assist you. They can also be found on Facebook.

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