Mango Avocado Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche (#foodbloggers4FL)

Mango Avocado Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche recipe, lemon, lime, orange, cilantro, jalapeno, red onion, cucumber, the saucy southerner, #foodbloggers4fl

Mango Avocado Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche

This Mango Avocado Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche recipe embodies most things I love about traveling to Florida and to the Caribbean. It’s my contribution to #foodbloggers4FL, in our campaign to raise awareness of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, and also now by Hurricane Maria. Plus the story, in her own words, of a personal Florida Keys friend, who is still not able to return home.  

As we were writing our posts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, word spread about Hurricane Irma’s march across the Caribbean, headed toward Florida. The same group of Food Bloggers decided to try to help raise awareness for those affected areas, too. And now, Hurricane Maria as well.

Hurricane Irma struck very close to home for us. I was born in South Florida (even though I have lived most of my life in Tennessee). I lived through a hurricane as a young child. We travel to Florida often to fish, we have also fished the Keys and in the Caribbean. And we have close friends who live in the Keys.

Mr. Saucy and I have been friends with the Delashmit family from almost the very moment that we moved to East Tennessee from Nashville. Pat and Jim are the couple we spend every single Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve with, for 20 plus years. We watched their two kids, Amy and Drew, go through high school and college, and get married and have families of their own. Drew worked for us at our fly shop and after graduating from the University of Tennessee, fulfilled his dream of becoming a Florida Keys fishing guide.

He and his wife Allison, along with their two young sons, live on Cudjoe Key. As Irma smashed her way through the Caribbean, they packed up their children, their most prized possessions, clothes and Drew’s livelihood, his flats boat, and safely evacuated to Tennessee the Wednesday before Irma struck.

Once they were here, we all watched the radar in horror as Hurricane Irma made its first landfall directly on Cudjoe Key at 9:10, on September 10th. The lack of any news coming from the area was awful, and what news did come was not good. Allison posted on Facebook to update her friends. Her words of faith and hope, which were uplifting, showed amazing strength in the face of adversity; I asked to share them, in part, with you.  She said:

“Hello again, friends. I’ve received lots of texts and calls from you and thought I should provide an update. Unfortunately, our house has the exact same coordinates as the landfall of Irma (In Cudjoe Key). We watched helplessly this morning, as the radar moved the storm over our house. We have very little knowledge of the storm’s wind impact to our house, or the storm surge that came through during/after. Honestly, I have let go of the house; if it’s standing, I’ll be grateful, if it’s not, I’ll be grateful.

The next few days and weeks will be hard. We will need (continued) support from our friends and family. But, in the end, we will be fine. This storm will not define us, it will not break us. It was a precious lesson about love, life, family and what is really important.

My faith is strong and unwavered. I feel the hand of the Lord upon me, and I am not afraid. Our God is an awesome God, and I will praise him in this storm.

Many have asked how they can help…I know the answer. You can come visit. As soon as the clean up is done, and the new normal is upon us come visit the Keys. Eat at our restaurants, stay at our hotels (or with me), and fish with the best fishing guides around (I can hook you up). That’s how you can help.”

Fortunately, their house was still standing, with some damage. As I write this post, Drew is headed back to the Keys to assess the damage to their home and the Keys infrastructure before Allison and their boys return. The water to their home was restored just this morning, but they still have no electrical service. It’s going to be a long road to recovery.

Until you can get to Florida or your favorite Caribbean destination, they desperately need your help.  Your donation to any of the charities listed below will help them continue the amazing work they are doing in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma and which will also need your help from Hurricane Maria.

The SOS Foundation Serving the Florida Keys
Volunteer Florida
Miami Diaper Bank
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida 
South Florida Wildlife Center
Heart of Florida United Way
All Faiths Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
Fondos Unidos
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
St. John Community Foundation
Anguilla Beaches  

And since you can’t travel to those areas right now, why not bring them to you in the form of food? This recipe for ceviche instantly came to my mind when thinking of all of the things that epitomize Florida and the Caribbean: Citrus fruits of lemon, lime and orange; Mango; avocado; shrimp and scallops.

I used all of the citrus fruits for zest for both flavor and color, as well as the lime juice. Then I added mango and avocado chunks, along with shrimp and scallop pieces. To that was added diced cucumber, red onion, minced jalapeno and chopped fresh cilantro.

This ceviche is a beach vacation, in a glass. I hope you’ll try it.


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Mango Avocado Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche (#Foodbloggers4FL)
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Lemon, Lime and Oranges for zest, for both flavor and color, as well as the lime juice. Plus mango and avocado chunks, along with shrimp and scallop pieces, diced cucumber, red onion, minced jalapeno and chopped fresh cilantro. This ceviche is a beach vacation, in a glass!
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut into 4 chunks
  • 8 large sea scallops, cut into sixths
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • 1 cup diced avocado
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and gently toss every 5 minutes, for 25 minutes (or until the seafood becomes opaque)
  3. Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.


About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight.

I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I’m gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading…and commenting! P~

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12 Responses to Mango Avocado Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche (#foodbloggers4FL)

  1. Wendy Klik says:

    Thank you Paula, for sharing these inspiring words from your friend. I praise God that their home was still standing and I wish them (and all affected) the best while putting their lives back together.

  2. Anne says:

    Thanks for sharing this story and the delicious recipe. I love ceviche, going to give your recipe a try!

  3. Ellen says:

    My heart is broken for the Florida Keys. I hope the recovery for your friends is quick. Your ceviche sounds wonderful with the mango! My favorite.

    • My heart is broken for the Keys, too! I’m so worried about the people having an ability to earn a living. And not just there, but throughout the Caribbean now as well.

      I was really in love with the mango in this. Thanks, Ellen! P~

  4. Beth says:

    That looks just wonderful! I’m so glad your friends got out to stay with you! My thoughts are with them! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Carlee says:

    It has got to be so hard to watch the radar like that. I can’t imagine not knowing what is happening to your house, but it is much better to be safe. I am glad they are keeping their chins up. This ceviche sounds absolutely amazing. Definitely like a beach vacation for your taste buds!

  6. Kate says:

    I love that you shared the message from your friend – I teared up reading it. And what a great recipe – so very Floridian!

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