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Culinary SOS: Shrimp ceviche is fresh, flavorful

By Los Angeles Times
McClatchy Newspapers
In Sweet Butter restaurant's shrimp ceviche, plump tiger shrimp are tossed with chopped onion, tomato and spicy habanero peppers.

LOS ANGELES -- Dear SOS: Sweet Butter, in Sherman Oaks, Calif., uses shrimp in the freshest tasting and most flavorful ceviche I have ever tried. Can't stop thinking about it. Any chance of snagging the recipe? -- Susan Hawkins, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Dear Susan: Plump tiger shrimp are tossed with chopped onion, tomato and spicy habanero peppers, the flavors brightened with fresh lemon juice and a medley of spices. Sweet Butter was happy to share its take on this refreshing classic.

Sweet Butter's Shrimp Ceviche

Makes a generous quart of ceviche. Total time: 20 minutes, plus marinating time. Adapted from Sweet Butter in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

     1     pound black tiger shrimp, tail-on

     3/4  cup fresh lemon juice

     1     onion

     1/2     bunch fresh cilantro

     2    to 3 tomatoes

     1/2  to 1 habanero pepper, stemmed and seeded

     1/4     teaspoon ground cumin

     1/4     teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

     1/2     teaspoon dried oregano

     1/4     teaspoon garlic powder

     Sea salt, to taste

BRING a large pot of water to a boil. Add the shrimp and cook just until they turn a light pink, about 1 minute. Drain immediately and place in an ice bath to cool and stop the cooking process.

PEEL and coarsely chop the shrimp and place in a medium bowl. Toss the shrimp with the lemon juice and set aside for about 1 hour to marinate.

CHOP the onion, cilantro, tomatoes and habanero pepper and place in a large bowl.

DRAIN the shrimp after it has marinated (it should be whitish-pink and firm throughout), reserving the liquid. Add the shrimp to the large bowl.

STIR in the cumin, pepper, oregano and garlic powder and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Taste, and add back a little of the strained lemon juice to brighten the flavors, and season again, if desired, to taste.

Nutrition information: For each of 6 servings: 93 calories, 14 grams protein, 7 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 1 gram fat, 0 saturated fat, 121 milligrams cholesterol, 3 grams sugar, 636 milligrams sodium.


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