The aguachile is a simple and spicy mexican appetizer consisting in a dish with shrimp, marinated in lemon juice, onions and peppers and a few drops of soya sauce. The traditional salsa that goes with it is based on serrano peppers and sometimes piquin chiles, so it is supposed to be hot! In the same way as for the ceviche, in aguachile the shrimp is marinated raw in the lemon juice, which is supposed to cook it. The usual warnings remain in place if you cannot be certain of the freshness of the shrimp you will buy for this, you are better off buying cooked shrimp instead, in my opinion...
* 2 lb. Thawed Shrimp, cooked
* 2 large cucumbers, peeled
* finely chopped red onion
* Fresh Cilantro finely chopped
* 6 serrano chiles, chopped
* 2 cups seedless lemon juice
* Enough tostadas
* 1 tablespoon Seasoning Sauce (Maggi), tamari or soy sauce
* Salt and pepper
1) Peel and devein the shrimp, make a lengthwise cut and open the shrimp like the wings of a butterfly, rinse and drain well, arrange the shrimp in a pan then pour 1 cup of lemon juice over them. (Making sure the lemon juice covers all the shrimp)
2) Wait 10 minutes, then add the seasoning sauce and marinate another 5 minutes. Drain, then add salt and pepper, the chopped cucumber, 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped onion.
3) Blend the chopped chiles, 2 tablespoons cucumbers, 2 tablespoons cilantro, the remaining cup of lemon juice and salt. Pour this spicy salsa over the shrimp, mix; your shrimp aguachile is ready!
Serve the aguachile over tostadas or totopos, for a delicious mexican appetizer...