Peruvian Ceviche

Ready for a super simple, super delicious fish recipe?

Here’s another recipe from my sister and her multi-cultural friends: Peruvian Ceviche. Apparently in Peru (according to my sister’s Peruvian friends), this is commonly eaten for breakfast!

If you make this, please make sure you use fresh fish!  But really you should do that anytime you eat fish.

Some of you might question the safety of this for a few reasons, but we made this for my parent’s birthday party, many people ate it and no one got sick.

Instead, everyone was so pleased, the ceviche was gone in less than 10 minutes!

Peruvian Ceviche

3 lbs raw tilapia, cut into small cubes
4 lbs of key limes (or enough juice to cover all the fish)
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
2 tsp yellow hot pepper paste (aji amarillo o chile guero)
1/2 tsp sazon (this is really just MSG, if it’s a huge issue for you, you can probably just use salt)
1 red onion, thinly sliced

Cut the tilapia into small bite sized pieces and place in a serving bowl with chopped celery.

This recipe requires a ton of key limes

A lemon/lime squeezer makes this a whole lot easier.  Press your key limes, you want enough juice to cover your fish completely.

Pour over fish, then mix in your yellow hot pepper paste (use more if you want it spicier) and sazon.

Lastly, top with thinly sliced red onions.  Refrigerate for half an hour and serve!

The citric acid in the limes cooks the fish!  Then you have a super quick and easy light dish!   I definitely recommend giving it a try.  My mom was apprehensive because she thought it was raw (even though it’s not) but ended up loving it!

Any foods scare you?

Tofu used to freak me out… still not a huge fan.


6 thoughts on “Peruvian Ceviche

  1. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says:

    I’ve seen this on the Food Network, fish cooked by the acid in lemon/limes. Very cool, I’d try it and probably love it. Not sure if I would initiate making it, though! 🙂

    I can’t think of any food that scares me, except maybe those black eggs that they bury underground. 😯


  2. Erin says:

    Where did you get the aji amarillo? I got so excited when I saw you made something with it becuase I haven’t been able to find it here in the states! I’ve been to Peru a couple times and they always used fresh peppers and I have a bunch of recipes that call for aji amarillo 🙂 As far as foods that scare me… I’d have to say sushi rolls…I keep trying and I can’t get past the smell!!

  3. Jesus Barajas says:

    I made this recipe yesterday and I must say it was very delicious!..specially on a hot SoCal summer day.
    Throughout the preparation of this meal, the smell of lime juice and the other ingredients make it very pleasing to prepare. I am looking foward to the many more recipes to come!…nice website Karla!

    Jesus Barajas

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