Nothing says “Cinco de Mayo” better than Ceviche! Ceviche is a very fast and simple-to-prepare appetizer that can even be enjoyed as a refreshing summer meal. Plus, it’s low carb, gluten-free, low fat and oh so delicious!
Ceviche is made from raw fresh fish that’s marinated in lime juice along with tomatoes, onion, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapenos. The acidity in the citrus cures the fish causing it to become firm and opaque while absorbing flavor.
The most difficult part? Waiting for it marinate and “get happy” in the fridge before you can dig in. Serve with tortilla chips or as a main entrée over tostada shells or rice. And for those that love heat, finish it with more jalapenos or hot sauce.
Why We Love These Ingredients
Ocean fish owes its health-boosting power to two compounds your cells crave. They’re called EPA and DHA, also known as Omega-3 fatty acids. Not only are EPA and DHA the fundamental building blocks of every organ, tissue, and cell in the body, they are also one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories.
Research shows that Omega-3 Fatty acids can help lower cholesterol and triglycerides, protect your heart, support your brain and memory, and reduce joint aches. Other research shows they can help ease depression and anxiety.
Avocados are packed with such essential vitamins as C, E, K and B6 as well as high levels of ‘good’ fats, which can help you feel fuller after a meal. Avocados also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that protect your vision from UV light.
Cilantro contains quercetin, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Quercetin helps keep the urinary tract healthy and can help relieve symptoms of UTI. The leaves and stems of cilantro may also help lower blood sugar levels.
Some Pro Tips to Get You Started
Mild ocean fish works best for this dish. Look for wild red snapper, corvina, sea bass, mahi-mahi, halibut, dorado, scallops, or shrimp.
You need about 1cup of fresh lime juice to cure the fish. One lime gives about 2 tablespoons of juice [about 1 fluid ounce], so you’ll need about 5 or 6 limes. Give the limes a good squeeze before buying – the softer they are, the more juice you’ll get.
You can use diced tomatoes, but grape or cherry tomatoes deliver an extra bit of sweetness.
Now…let’s get cooking!
Cinco De Mayo Ceviche
If you're looking for a refreshing, classic, and easy ceviche recipe, start here!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
½ medium red or vidalia onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 cup fresh lime juice [about 4-6 limes]
1 tsp Lime Zest
2 garlic cloves, grated or finely minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 pound fresh fish [sea bass, tilapia, shrimp, halibut, mahi-mahi] diced into ½ inch cubes
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup diced tomatoes [or cherry tomatoes]
1 cup cucumber, diced
1 avocado, diced
- Thinly slice onion. Toss in a bowl with salt, pepper, and lime juice.
- Add fish, garlic, and jalapeno. Gently combine.
- Add tomatoes, cucumber, cilantro, and a drizzle of olive oil. Blend all ingredients, then marinate in the refrigerator for 45-60 minutes. The longer you marinate, the more firm and “cooked” the fish will become.
- When ready to serve, taste and adjust the seasonings. Fold in diced avocado. Serve along with tortilla chips and enjoy!