Recipe By Yoly
Published Jul 12th
Prep 10m Cook - Additional 15m Ready In 25m
Servings 2 servings Calories 480.5

I first tried aguachile with freshly caught shrimp when I was visiting the small town of Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. Ajijic is one of the quaint towns next to Chapala Lake, which happens to be the largest fresh water lake in Mexico. I fell in love with this super spicy cold shrimp dish, marinated in a serrano-lime juice mixture and topped with fresh red onions, avocados, and cucumbers. Serve with tostadas on the side and an optional ice cold Mexican beer to tame down the heat.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 4 fresh serrano chiles
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided, or to taste
  • 1 pound large shrimp - peeled, deveined and butterflied
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Combine lime juice, chiles, cilantro, and 1 teaspoon salt in a blender; blend until smooth.
  2. 2 Divide shrimp onto 2 shallow plates.
  3. 3 Pour chile-lime mixture evenly over the 2 plates of shrimp. Place in the refrigerator and marinate until the shrimp turn opaque and white, 15 to 25 minutes.
  4. 4 Top each plate with red onion and avocado. Place cucumber around the edges. Sprinkle with remaining salt.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 480.5
  • Carbohydrate 33 g
  • Cholesterol 345 mg
  • Fat 19.1 g
  • Fiber 9.3 g
  • Protein 50.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 3 g
  • Sodium 2099.1 mg
  • Sugar 7.6 g

Chef's Notes

Beware this dish is meant to be very spicy. Adjust the heat level by adding more or less serrano chiles; Include the stems of the cilantro, they are full of flavor; This is best served within 1 hour but will keep for up to 2 days in the refrigerator; Consuming raw seafood may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.


  1. This is Da Bomb!!!! I had never tried this but my neighbors who are Mexican, (who I shared this with) said this is very authentic. I did not change a thing except doubled the recipe for the 4 of us. I served it with crackers but next time I will get tostadas. Deeelicious!!!!

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