Seafood Ceviche

Here in Key West we are very fortunate to have so much fresh seafood available to us. Ceviche is a great way to enjoy really fresh seafood. Here is a recipe that I came up with for my ceviche loving friends. Of course, you can adjust the ingredients and amounts to your taste. For instance, I have a bunch of friends that do not like tomatoes (weird, right!?). In that case, they have made this recipe without the tomatoes and loved it. Just play with it and I am sure that you will come up with your favorite version!


  • 1 lb. peeled and deveined fresh Key West pink shrimp and/or fish such as mahi-mahi, snapper or grouper, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (seeds removed), diced (optional)
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • Juice of 5 – 8 lemons or about 1 cup
  • Juice from 5 – 8 limes or about 1 cup
  • 1 large avocado, diced (optional)
  1. Add shrimp / fish and fruit juices to a large bowl.
  2. Toss to insure the equal distribution of the citrus juice as that will be the process that cooks the shrimp / fish.
  3. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for approximately 4 hours or until shrimp / fish is not longer translucent.
  4. Drain the seafood.
  5. Mix in the remaining ingredients with the shrimp / fish.

This is a delicious, low calorie, and healthy snack or appetizer. Serve with tortilla chips.