Watch how easy it is to make Ceviche!
How long to Marinate Ceviche?
- Marinating the fish in the lime juice is what actually “cooks” the fish. You can marinate for short periods or longer periods, depending on how much you like your fish cooked. This marination time can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. 45 minutes is a good rule of thumb, especially if just starting out.
- Remember when using a good quality, fresh, wild fish, it is not imperative that the fish is cooked all the way through, a little rawness is actually really quite good! Think sushi!
- I personally like it when the fish looks opaque on the outside ( “cooked” from the lime juice) but has a bit of rawness in the middle. This is usually about 30-45 minutes of marinating. See what you like best. There is no “right way”. If it tastes too raw for your own tastes, just marinate it longer.
How to serve Ceviche:
- There are so many ways to serve ceviche! In our catering business, we often made mini ceviche tostadas, ceviche tacos, or ceviche lettuce cups as a delicious healthy appetizer. Or we simply placed some ceviche in a small appetizer cup or shot glass with a mini fork- perfect for passing.
Or simply serve Ceviche in a shallow serving bowl with good tortilla chips like we do at home when we’re not catering. Simple, easy, refreshing….. and ohhhhhh so delicious!
Ceviche is best made fresh, the day of serving- but I do save the leftovers for the next day. The fish will continue to cook in the lime juice, so the texture will change but the flavors are still great. I’ve been known to eat Ceviche two days after making – if kept in a cold refrigerator.
Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it!
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How to Make Ceviche!
A simple delicious Ceviche Recipe with fresh fish, cucumber, tomatoes chilies, lime, cilantro, and optional avocado.
- Prep Time: 25 mins
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: appetizer, salad, main, fish
- Method: marinated
- Cuisine: mexican
- ½ a red onion, very thinly sliced
- 1 pound fresh fish- sea bass, red snapper, corvina, dorado, escolar, mahi-mahi, tilapia, or hamachi – diced into 1/2 inch cubes.
- 2–3 garlic cloves very finely minced ( use a garlic press)
- 1– 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, start with 1, add more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼–½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 fresh serrano or jalapeño chili pepper seeded and very finely chopped. Start conservatively, more to taste.
- ¾ cup fresh lime juice ( 4–6 limes) freshly squeezed ( try to use ripe limes)
- 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half ( or 1 cup diced tomatoes)
- 1 cup diced cucumber
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
- 1 semi-firm Avocado, diced, as garnish, optional
- Slice the red onion very thinly and salt generously and let stand 15 minutes until it begins to release its liquid (this will remove the bitterness). Rinse well, squeeze dry.
- Place fish, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, fresh chilies, and lime juice in a shallow serving bowl, gently mix, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. The longer you marinate the firmer and more “cooked” the fish will become.
- Before serving, gently toss in the fresh cilantro, cucumber and tomato and a drizzle of olive oil, gently mix.
- Taste for salt and add more if necessary. If adding avocado, gently fold it in at the end, after everything is mixed, making sure to use one that is not too soft.
- Make the optional Avocado Sauce ( see notes)
To Serve: Serve ceviche in a big bowl with chips on the side, or as mini tostadas (on a round chip or homemade) or make ceviche tacos or ceviche lettuce cups.
Serve ceviche in small appetizer cups or shot glasses with a mini fork.
To make crispy mini tostadas: lightlyspray mini corn tortillas ( 3 inch tortillas) with olive oil and season generoulsy with salt. Bake in a 300 F oven on a sheet pan until crisp (not chewy, but crisp like a cracker) about 25 -30 minutes, turning halfway through. Let cool completely.
Or plate it up with a little Avocado Sauce as a salad course.
Optional Avocado sauce:
- ⅔ cup Avocado
- ⅓ cup cilantro
- 2/3 cup water- plus more as needed
- 1 T olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tsp coriander
- ⅛ C lime juice
- 2 garlic cloves
- cracked pepper
To make Avocado Sauce, blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth, adding a bit more water if needed to get the blades going.
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