If you’re looking for a refreshing summer entrée that doesn’t require turning on the oven and heating up the kitchen, look no further. Ceviche is an extremely simple recipe – take raw fish, scallops, octopus, even shrimp and let the acidic lime juice do the work. Season with bold flavors like cilantro and peppers and then serve with tortilla chips for a fast appetizer or filling main course. Check out these 9 ceviche recipes for a great way to serve summer seafood.
1. Shrimp Ceviche
CHOW’s shrimp ceviche has briefly poached shrimp that is then marinated in a combination of cilantro, onions, lime juice, salt, and a Serrano pepper. Throw in some avocado and English cucumber and you’re all set. Get our Shrimp Ceviche recipe.
2. South Florida Ceviche
Bahamian conch differentiates this recipe from the pack. Pair it with lemon and lime juice, ginger, garlic, and onions and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld. Get the recipe here.
3. Ceviche de Pescado, Pacific Style
Orange rind adds an interesting touch to this Mexican take on ceviche. Serve with freshly fried tortillas and thinly sliced avocados for an irresistible lunch or afternoon snack with a margarita. Get the recipe here.
4. Halibut Ceviche with Watermelon
A healthy recipe adapted from Food52, this ceviche features a fruity twist with watermelon and tomato. Use a yellow tomato if you want to make this extra festive with the red watermelon, green cilantro, red onion, and diced green cucumber. Get our Halibut Ceviche with Watermelon recipe.
5. Hiroko's Sashimi-Influenced Ceviche
This simple recipe for sashimi-influenced ceviche only has a few ingredients: cilantro, lime, red onion, garlic, a fresh cayenne pepper, salt, and weakfish (often referred to as sea trout). Get the recipe here.
6. Spicy Sriracha Ceviche
This spicy sriracha is perfect for a mix of seafood – try halibut, fresh scallops, and tilapia as the recipe suggests for a killer combo. Tomato juice and sriracha lend a lovely red hue to this dish and it taste great served with chips or tortillas. Get our Spicy Sriracha Ceviche recipe.
7. Vegetarian Ceviche
You can still enjoy a classic ceviche even if you’re a vegetarian with this tofu adaptation. Hearts of palm and organic sprouted tofu sub in for the marinated fish and this rendition tastes great with brown rice as well as tortilla chips. Get the recipe here.
8. Green Halibut Ceviche
Halibut is paired with a number of green ingredients that add a spicy kick: jalapeno pepper, cilantro, raw tomatillos, green olives, lime juice, and avocados. The lime juice, olive oil, and salt cure the fish in about 30 minutes. Get our Green Halibut Ceviche recipe.
9. Summer Ceviche with Watermelon
A healthy recipe adapted from Food52, this ceviche features a fruity twist with watermelon and tomato. Use a yellow tomato if you want to make this extra festive with the red watermelon, green cilantro, red onion, and diced green cucumber. Get the recipe here.
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.