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Peruvian Fish Ceviche Recipe

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This recipe is done in the traditional Peruvian style. If you are able to get tilapia or corvina (Chilean sea bass), those work best. The traditional way to make this recipe is with raw fish, but you may also cook the fish beforehand if you prefer. Personally, I always cook the fish first.

Serves 6


2 pounds of tilapia fillets, diced (you can also use other white fish fillets)
1 ½ cup of fresh lemon juice
1 fresh yellow hot pepper, seeded and chopped (if you can’t find it, use a habanero pepper)
½ cup of celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 large red onions, cut into long thing strips – julienne style
3 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup of lemon juice
Boiled corn, cut in 2 inch pieces
Boiled sweet potatoes, cut in slices
Lettuce leaves


Put the fish into a large glass bowl with the lemon juice (1 ½ cup), cover, and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Drain the lemon juice from the fish and add the hot pepper, celery, garlic, onions, cilantro, salt, pepper and the rest of the lemon juice (1 cup). Put in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serve the ceviche on top of lettuce leaves. Enjoy with corn and sweet potatoes on the side!


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