Ceviche de Ostras (Guatemalan Oyster Ceviche)

This Caribbean pepper is famous for being the hottest chile pepper in the world. They come in a variety of shapes and colors(yellow, orange,green, red,chocolate). Not only are they extremely hot, but they also have a unique,distinctively fruity flavor.

It is the key ingredient in the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce. The habanero is also widely used in many different types of hot sauces. The popularity of this chile pepper continues to grow and is becoming easier to find on the grocery shelf.

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48 oysters, shucked
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 habanero chile, stemmed, seeded and minced
3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


lettuce leaves
fresh mint sprigs
tomato wedges


Place the oysters in a large ceramic bowl and cover them with the lime and lemon juices. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Drain the oysters and reserve 1/4 cup of the juice. Add the remaining ingredients to the oysters, along with the reserved juice, and toss the mixture gently.

Line 6 plates with the lettuce leaves and arrange 8 oysters on top of the lettuce. Garnish each plate with fresh mint and tomato wedges.

Yields 6 servings.

Recipe from Maria Mercedes Beteta.