Shrimp Ceviche with Tomato-Habanero Broth

There isn't a rule that says ceviche must be made with raw fish, and this one - truly a crowd-pleaser - is made with cooked shrimp. It shows the kind of high-flavor cooking that I like to serve to my guests, and if one of them is an unadventurous eater who doesn't like raw fish, I'll make this an everyone will rest easy. Tomatoes, oranges and habanero chilies are an amazingly refreshing combination, and really create the perfect appetizer to excite the palate. Buen provecho! -Chef Richard Sandoval

 Photo Credit: Penny De Los Santos

Photo Credit: Penny De Los Santos

 Shrimp Ceviche with Tomato-Habanero Broth

Yield: Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Shrimp:
Kosher salt
1 large lemon, sliced
1 pound (455 g) extra-large (26 to 30 count) peeled and deveined shrimp, tails removed

Tomato-Habanero Broth:
Grated zest of 1/2 orange
2 3 cup (165 ml) fresh orange juice
1/2 cup (120 ml) fresh lemon juice
1 ripe plum tomato, seeded and coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
1 small garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1/2 habanero chile, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup (120 ml) canola oil
Kosher salt
1 ripe Hass avocado, cut into 1/2-inch (12-mm) dice
1 small plum tomato, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch (12-mm) dice
1 navel orange, cut into segments, each segment cut in half
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
12 Pickled Red Onions (page 182) or raw red onion rings

DIRECTIONS

1. Make the shrimp: Bring 2 quarts (2 L) salted water and the lemon slices to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until they turn opaque, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse them under cold running water. Transfer them to a bowl and refrigerate until they are chilled, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

2. Make the broth: Process the orange zest and juice, lemon juice, tomato, onion, garlic, habanero, and honey in a blender until smooth. With the blender running, gradually pour the oil through the hole in the lid to make an emulsified broth. Season it to taste with salt. Pour it into a medium nonreactive bowl, cover, and refrigerate until it is chilled, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Whisk the broth well before using.

3. To serve, stir the shrimp, avocado, tomato, orange, and cilantro into the broth. Divide the shrimp and broth equally among four wide soup bowls. Top each with three pickled onion rings and serve them immediately.