Galapagos Recipe

Delicious Galapagos Recipe with lemon marinated shrimp and fish. These are the best ceviches in the world.


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Ceviches can be made with many different types of seafood and non seafood ingredients.

The food from Galapagos and Ecuador is known for its fabulous exotic fruits, high quality fish and seafood.

The main food from the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador, is Ceviche, a seafood dish marinated in lemon and onions, this is Ecuador's answer to sushi.

Unlike sushi however, Ecuadorian ceviche is traditionally accompanied by popcorn and thinly sliced and fried green bananas.

Ceviche can be made of fish, shrimp, shellfish, squid, or all of the above (mixed).

I am going to show you two different Galapagos recipes for Ceviche. One is made with shrimp and the other one with fish.

Ceviche Recipe with Shrimp (Serve 4-6)


  • 2 pounds of shrimp
  • 1 large red onion 3 medium tomatoes
  • 3 cups of fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup of lemon juice (fresh squeezed lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Boil water salt and pepper in a pan. After it boils, add shrimp. Let it boil until shrimp becomes lightly red and remove from heat.

Pour out water and let shrimp cool. Don't let them overcook! If they are overcooked, the shrimp will be a little chewy, but still delicious.

Cut the onion into long thing strips (julienne style). Place them in a bowl with water and 2 tablespoons of salt and let it settle for 10 minutes.

Then gently rinse with water. This will remove the bitter bite from the onion and make it sweeter. Cut tomatoes into small squares.

In a large bowl, mix the onion, tomatoes, orange and lemon juice, ketchup, mustard, cilantro (or parsley), oil, salt and pepper. Once the shrimp has cooled, add shrimp and mix.

Serve with fried plantain chips, popcorn and dry corn kernels. Enjoy this classic Galapagos recipe, preferably with a light beer.

Ceviche Recipe with Fish (Serve 4-6)


  • 2 lbs of white fish fillets (corvina, halibut, tilapia, sole), cut into small square pieces
  • 2-3 hot peppers, red chilies, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4-5 large shallots, peeled and sliced finely
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced very finely
  • 2 bell peppers, 1 orange and 1 yellow, diced finely
  • 20 limes, separated into about 10 limes to cook the fish and 10 limes to marinate the ceviche
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped as finely as possible
  • 2-3 tbs sunflower oil
  • Salt to taste


For this Galapagos recipe place the raw fish pieces in a glass dish and cover it with salt, hot peppers, crushed garlic, a tablespoon of chopped cilantro, and lime juice from about 10 limes, the fish should be completely covered by lime juice.

Cover the dish with plastic wrap and chill, let the fish cook itself in the lime juice for at least 4 hours.

Place the sliced shallots in a bowl, cover them with warm water and salt, let rest for at least 10 minutes, drain and rinse well.

Once the fish is cooked in the lime juice rinse it well, removing the hot peppers, garlic and cilantro.

Combine the fish with the shallots, tomatoes, bell peppers, cilantro, and lime juice from remaining 10 limes, sunflower oil and salt to taste in a large non-reactive bowl, mix well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serve this Galapagos recipe with plantain chips, popcorn or corn nuts as well as with some good hot sauce.

Seafood is very popular and plentiful in the Galapagos Islands. All kinds of fish, shrimp and lobster can be enjoyed in the major towns like in Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island and in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno located in San Cristobal Island.

Galapagos food is incredibly diverse, spectacular and fresh!

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