Simple Halibut Ceviche

Ceviche is one of the simplest seafood recipes to prepare.  I know you’re probably thinking I’ve had way too much sun on vacation, but truly, ceviche can be simple, flavorful and delicious and a perfect summer starter.

Ceviche recipes are abundant and each South American country has their own version of ceviche that can include all types of wonderful and wild ingredients. Although you can certainly add whatever you like to this particular ceviche recipe, I’ve kept it simple for sake of time, and flavor.

The lime marinated halibut combined with spicy white onion, fresh summer tomato, a little heat from jalapeno and tangy flavor of cilantro make for a clean and refreshing dish that’ll complement your summer dinner hour or afternoon barbeque or even a more formal brunch.

I love to serve this ceviche simply with organic blue corn chips.  It makes a lovely presentation and the sweet flavor of the blue corn compliments the spicy and citrus flavors of the ceviche.  For something fun and festive, prepare patacones to serve with the ceviche.  Patacones are plantains that have been sliced, fried, flattened and fried again and then lightly seasoned with sea salt.  Yum! I’ll include a recipe at the bottom of this post.


1lb fresh pacific halibut, diced into small bite sized pieces

1/2 cup white onion, small diced (1 small – medium onion)

5-6 fresh Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

1-2 jalapeno, finely diced

1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro (add additional cilantro if desired)

fresh lime juice, enough to cover the diced halibut (about 1/2 cup)

sea salt and pepper


Place the diced halibut, lime juice and 1/4 cup of the white onion in a glass or non-reactive bowl.  Add about 1 teaspoon of sea salt and stir.  Let the halibut marinate refrigerated for about an hour or two until the small halibut pieces have been cooked through.

Once the halibut is done, drain the all the liquid and then place the halibut onion mixture back in the glass bowl.

Add the remaining diced onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, and cilantro.  Toss gently and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with blue or yellow corn chips.

Optional Add ins:  Diced fresh Avocado, diced red, yellow or orange bell pepper, thin sliced radishes, diced poblano peppers, chili pepper flakes, red pepper flakes, cooked bay shrimp, fresh chopped oregano.

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Patacones (Plantain Chips)

2-3 green plantains

High heat  or refined veggie oil (a sunflower or safflower oil works well)

Sea salt


Cut off the ends of the plantains and then carefully cut a slit down the length of the skin without cutting into the plantain itself. Using a wooden or small spoon, pry up the edges of the peel and pull off the skin. Once the peel is removed cut the plantain crosswise into slices about 2 inches long.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over high heat until it shimmers, about 3 minutes. Add the plantains and fry them until they turn golden on all sides, about 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, then place between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Reduce the heat to medium.

Flatten the plantains by pressing down on them with a heavy-bottomed pan pressing them into round discs. Return 1/2 of the flattened plantains to the oil and re-fry until deep golden on both sides, about 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer back to the paper towel-lined plate to drain and repeat with the remaining flattened plantains. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.



  1. cookingupthecure says:

    A summertime favorite! Yes on the mango! I like it a bit on the tart side, not too sweet. Lovely mouth-watering photo. Thank you 🙂

  2. I absolutely love ceviche. I think I can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Promised to make this for hubby tomorrow night. He is super excited 🙂

    • LOL! Kathy I too love ceviche! Don’t think I can get enough of it. Ever. 🙂 Hope you love the recipe. One of the first things I learned at Culinary School. Happy 2013!

  3. I have been looking for a recipe like this for a long time. We had a very similar ceviche in Costa Rica only using sea bass that I loved so much I ate it for lunch almost every day we were there! It’s one of the only holidays I’ve been on where I actually lost weight and I attribute that to all the walking and eating this extremely healthful and good for you dish so frequently (in spite of all the beer we washed it down with-lol). Thanks for a great recipe! Muah!

    • Terri, Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I too adore this ceviche recipe and it’s really one of the simplest. On occasion I’ll change it up a bit and add diced cucumber and if I’m not feeling up to dicing the halibut I’ll just use bay shrimp. Either way its all good! Add some cold beer and tortilla chips and life is grand! 🙂 Delicious Wishes, Karista

      • The fish shop I went to for the halibut just happened to have halibut cheeks in, so I thought what the hey! Not only that, they were cheaper than the fillets and the young woman said the texture would actually be better, a little firmer. 🙂

  4. This recipe is great, the halibut is sweet with the texture of cooked lobster.

    • Thank you John! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. It’s one of our family fave’s and I’ve been making it for about 12 years now. Sometimes I add diced cucumber, mango or papaya to the ceviche for a little extra depth of flavor. Have a fabulous week!

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