Play-play prawn-and-avocado ceviche

Play-play prawn-and-avocado ceviche

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • Carb Conscious Dairy free Fat conscious Health conscious Pescatarian
  • 15 minutes, plus 2 hours' marinating time
  • Woolworths Fairview Sauvignon Blanc 2016


  • 3⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (5 - 6 limes)
  • 3⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 – 4 lemons)
  • 2 salad tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1⁄2 cup red onion, finely chopped (optional or for the adult bowl only)
  • 1 cup coriander, finely chopped (optional or for the adult bowl only)
  • 2 - 3 ripe avocados
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Tortillas chips, for serving
  • 1 fresh chilli, finely chopped (strictly for adults only, served on the side)
  • 800 g cooked small prawns

Cooking Instructions

Place the prawns, lime and lemon juice in a glass bowl and marinate for 2 hours in the fridge.

In two separate bowls (one for adults, one for kids) mix (accordingly) the diced tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and coriander and let it rest for 1 hour if you have the time.

Add the avocado at the last minute just before serving with the tortilla chips. (And don’t forget the chilli. Should some like it hot).

Cook's note: I use the forzen kind - cooked, deveined and peeled - that I thaw according to packet instructions.

Since my husband eats neither prawns nor avocado, this is strictly my mums-come-over-for-wine-while-the-kids-play snack. It’s also, strictly speaking, not ceviche because I’ve used cooked prawns. But still, they marinate in lime and lemon juice, which is what my son loves. You need to make two versions of this, one for grown-ups and one for kids. In my case Seb’s version has only prawns and avo. And tortilla chips.

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Cape Town-based writer Sam Woulidge is a regular TASTE columnist, blogger and author of 'Confessions of a Hungry Woman'. Follow her on Twitter @samwoulidge

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    Jean Dickinson
    January 8, 2019

    What quantity prawns?

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      January 8, 2019

      Hi Jean, you can use 800g of prawns. Happy cooking!