Spot Prawn Ceviche with Garlic and Chili
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This is a dish that honestly I would never consider making until I tried it. Ceviche of Salmon, Tuna, Kingfish etc. is very common, however less common is the idea of raw Prawn. What converted us to this brilliance was an unforgettable dining experience at one of our all-time favorite restaurants – Night Market Song in Silverlake, CA. This restaurant is famed for their creative play on South-East Asian Street Food and their eclectic natural wine selection. It must have been the wines that inspired us to order this dish off the menu but oh boy we were so glad we did, as the Spot Prawn Ceviche was simply outstanding

The raw preparation of the dish and it’s ingredients is what makes the flavor so pronounced. Raw Garlic is an artform to incorporate into a dish without overpowering it and this dish absolutely nails it. The pairing of the Garlic with the Prawns and Chili, with the acid forward sauce is so simple, yet comes together like culinary magic!

Like all seafood, the key is getting quality produce. In this case we’re talking about Spot Prawns. Talk to your fish monger and have them provide you with their best Prawns for a raw preparation. You can use good quality Scampi or Langoustines if they are available. The absolute gold standard in our opinion however is the Santa Barbara Spot Prawns – a true delicacy of the ocean!

Classic Southeast Asian Ingredients make this dish special

The flavor of this dish is so significantly amplified by the Spot Prawn Ceviche dressing that pairs with the Spot Prawns, which uses classic Southeast Asian Ingredients. The combination of Lime, Brown Sugar, Fish Sauce, Garlic, and Chilis instantly produces such a vibrant flavor which hits on notes of sweet, sour, and salty. What is great about this sauce, however, is even with all these bold flavors it doesn’t truly overpower the flavor of the Spot Prawn. The Prawn is still the star of the dish, and these ingredients really help to highlight its delicious flavor

This recipe is for 2 people, 2 Prawns each. Mainly this is because the Prawns are quite expensive so definitely treat this recipe as a snack or appetizer. You’ll be going hungry if this is all you have for dinner! If you are making the dish for 4 people, simply double the amount of ingredients

Spot Prawn Ceviche with Garlic and Chili Close up
The fresh flavors of this vibrant Ceviche sauce work brilliantly with the Spot Prawns

Recipe Details


2 people

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time


Total time

15 minutes

Spot Prawn Ceviche with Garlic and Chili Recipe


  • 4 Large Spot Prawns, peeled
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 Red Chili, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Fish Sauce


  1. Combine the Lime Juice, Chilis, Salt, Sugar, Fish Sauce, and Garlic into a small bowl and mix. Optional if you want to use the Chili seeds or not. We’d recommend using a few as this recipe benefits a lot from that bunch of heat
  2. Place the Prawns in the mixture and leave for 10 minutes, ensuring the flesh is well coated
  3. Serve the Prawns with the Lime sauce on the side for dipping. Ensure that the Prawns are served with an ample coating of the Garlic and Chilis

Spot Prawn Ceviche with Garlic and Chili in sauce
Either serve the Ceviche sauce / dressing on the side or pour it all over the Prawns when you’re ready to serve

It’s not an ‘every day’ dish given the Prawns are somewhat pricey and a little more difficult to find. However, I really encourage you to try this dish. It completely blew us away and changed our perspective on raw food. The raw Garlic creates an unbelievable kick of flavor and heat when combined with the sweet, salty sourness of the Ceviche sauce

There are a lot of dishes that will pair beautifully with this Spot Prawn Ceviche recipe. Our recommendation is this amazing Thai Green Chicken Curry. The bold, creamy flavors of the curry are a great contrast to the acid-heavy Spot Prawn dish, so they work very well as a starter / main combination

For a lighter main course, try our delicious Thai Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing. A fresh, healthy, and super tasty salad inspired by Southeast Asian ingredients

Happy Cooking!

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