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Shrimp Aguachile Recipe (Aguachile de Camarón)

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Shrimp Aguachile Recipe (Aguachile de Camarón) is made with jalapeños, limes, cilantro, shrimp, cucumber and onion.


  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 jalapenos, destemmed, deseeded and diced
  • 4 medium limes
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • ½ avocado, sliced        
  • Salt as desired


  1. Blend the jalapeños, limes, cilantro and salt in a blender.
  2. Put the peeled shrimp in a bowl and pour the juice on it. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. After 30 minutes or marinating, feel free to flip the shrimp to the other side so it will cook.
  3. Meanwhile, add the sliced onions in cold water to take away the strong taste.
  4. Take the bowl out of the refrigerator and assort the cucumber between the shrimp.
  5. Top with red onions and add the avocado on the side.


  • Use Fresh and High-Quality Ingredients: Aguachile relies on fresh and high-quality ingredients, especially the seafood. Use the freshest seafood available to ensure the best flavor and texture in your aguachile.
  • Adjust Spice Level to Your Preference: Aguachile can be quite spicy due to the use of chili peppers. Adjust the amount and type of chili peppers to your preferred spice level. You can use milder chili peppers or remove the seeds and membranes to reduce the heat.
  • Be Mindful of Food Safety: Since aguachile uses raw seafood, it's important to follow proper food safety practices. Ensure that your seafood is fresh, properly cleaned, and handled safely to prevent foodborne illnesses.
  • Marinate for Optimal Flavor: Marinating the seafood in the aguachile marinade is key to developing the flavors. Allow the seafood to marinate for at least 15-30 minutes, or as specified in the recipe, to let the flavors meld together.
  • Use Fresh Citrus Juice: Freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice is preferred for aguachile, as it provides the best flavor and acidity. Avoid using bottled citrus juice, as it may have a different flavor and acidity level.
  • Garnish Just Before Serving: Garnishes such as cilantro, onion, and avocado are often used in aguachile to add freshness and texture. Add these garnishes just before serving to maintain their freshness and prevent them from becoming soggy.
  • Serve Chilled: Aguachile is typically served chilled, so refrigerate it for some time before serving to let the flavors meld together and to achieve the desired temperature.
  • Experiment with Variations: Aguachile is a versatile dish that can be customized to your liking. Feel free to experiment with different types of seafood, chili peppers, and seasonings to create your own unique aguachile variation.
  • Enjoy it Fresh: Aguachile is best when consumed fresh, so aim to serve and enjoy it as soon as possible after making it for the best flavor and texture.
  • Presentation Matters: Aguachile is a visually appealing dish, so take some time to plate it nicely and make it visually appealing. Consider arranging the marinated seafood, garnishes, and other ingredients in an attractive way to enhance the overall dining experience.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 95
  • Sugar: 1.8g
  • Sodium: 360.8mg
  • Fat: 3.2g
  • Saturated Fat: Saturated Fat 0.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.5g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Protein: 12.4g
  • Cholesterol: 91.2mg