Tuesday, September 22, 2009


My ceviche - I like it with lots of tomato (see all of the tomato juice mingling with the lime juice)

I love to make ceviche with fresh fish, especially red snapper. It's best to make it the same day you get the fish - the fresher, the better. It makes a refreshing and nutritious snack or meal. Tastes great alone, wrapped in a tortilla or served with avocado slices. It's amazing how you can take the raw, cubed fish, marinate it in the lime juice for a few hours and the acid from the lime changes the structure of the proteins in the fish, so that it is "cooked"without using heat. Perfect if your stove is on the blink!

2 lbs of firm, fresh red snapper fillets (or other firm-fleshed fish), cut into 1/2 inch pieces, completely deboned
1 cup of lime juice
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 cup of canned, diced tomatoes (or diced chopped fresh tomatoes)
1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning (I love this stuff on just about EVERYTHING!)
2 teaspoons of salt
fresh ground pepper
2 bay leaves
2 cloves garlic (finely diced)

In a non-reactive glass or ceramic dish, place the garlic together with the lime juice and add the fish, making sure the fish is pretty well covered by the lime juice. Cover dish and place in refrigerator for an hour, then stir to expose all fish to the lime acid - keep in refrigerator until all the pinkish-gray fish flesh turns white. Add red onion, tomatoes, Old Bay, salt, bay leaves and pepper. Let sit covered in the refrigerator for several hours, giving time for the flavors to blend.



pve design said...

like it, no, LOVE it! love lime!

beachvintage.com said...

I agree with the fresh fish bit, we had some fish recently from a catch 1 hour before. It tasted so much better than any other fish I had previously had. This dish looks delish.

Kirsten Steen said...

Will have to try your recipe! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

OOooooo. Yum....Fish is my favourite food. We eat it nearly everyday. This looks amazing and I will be making it, Anne. Thanks for the recipe. XXXX

Slices of Beauty... said...

Must try this, looks yummy.
Thank s for sharing.

Christy said...

You know, I see the contestants of Top Chef making ceviche all the time, but I've never actually tasted it or been inclined to until reading this recipe. I'll have to share it with my husband and I bet we'll be making it one day soon. That picture looks sooo yummy!

Debra said...

Ths looks fabulous Anne. I love ceviche, A few years back we were in DC and found a great little bistro. I had the ceviche on the first night... and we returned every evening during the visit so I could have it. Then we'd walk and site see- and have dinner later. This one was done with shrimp~ so good!

Beth Connolly said...

Anne-I love ceviche and will have to try this recipe.

MrsLittleJeans said...

Anne, I love ceviche too and oddly have never made it. With your recipe I have no excuse. Thanks!


Renae Moore said...


You are a chef too? Your talent oozes! This sounds so yummy!


Jo said...

Oh so wonderful! Have you made it with scallops? It's amazing! I'll have to try yours with red snapper.


Kwana said...

Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to give it a go!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I LOVE ceviche. In fact I had some amazing ceviche on Saturday night. I never considered making it myself, but I'll have to try this recipe.

Parisbreakfasts said...

I LOVE ceviche...
You must get amazing fish in Florida...YUM

Chichi and Luxe said...

yummo! thanks for this wonderful recipe Anne. It combines another 3 of my favourite things, fish, tomato and lime!


Lisa Porter said...

My taste buds just woke up and took notice! YuuuumY! I cannot remember a day growing up in Arizona that my mother did not have a 2 huge sun tea jars in the fridge...one for sun tea and one for ceviche or gazpacho! Love the fresh fish "no cooking" recipe of yours...that makes it the real deal.
I had a nice visit with Stacy McCallum over the weekend. She is so sweet. Stop by when you get a chance.
xo Lisa

Joyce said...

You won my heart when I read the lime and tomato part! I will for sure give this a try. Thanks Anne!! xoxo

QueenBeeSwain said...

this sounds incredible, thank you for sharing!


Gerri Ward said...

p.s. I luv anything and everything with lime in it!!!:)